Things Jamaicans Learn (Quickly): Moving to Farrin

There a few things Jamaicans learn when they move to Farrin, and I can guarantee these are probably the most important. When Jamaicans are at home, the “No Problem, Man!” ideal can be taken a bit out of context; especially when you have family members and close friends living overseas. It’s all fun and games until the recipients move overseas and get a taste of life overseas for themselves. They learn rather quickly that foreign life is not “a bed a roses.”

5. No, I can’t leave farrin yet.

It’s the worst thing when the holidays come around and you want to go home to partake in that pot roast beef, sorrel, and Christmas cake. But ya got bills, so you gotta stay and shovel snow to get to work.

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4. That thing is actually expensive

So you wanted a phone when you were in Jamaica, or a watch, or… But then you moved overseas and after working in a capitalistic society, you found out that the price tag of USD/CAD/£$150 actually took you 3 months to save, and you probably would rather keep your money any way.

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3. You can’t ask your neighbour for sugar

As a Jamaican living in Jamaica, it was always cool to run to Maizie, or ask Novelette or Nicky to loan you a pepper, or beg a lime off her tree. You could go as far as climb the mango tree and nourish yourself with the neighbour’s permission. After moving to farrin though, you don’t even get a chance to sit and chat with your neighbour. Sometimes, you may get to say “Hi” and have a brief convo, but rarely to the extent at which you get to do it back home.

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2. You found out Jamaican food is the best thing you’ll ever eat

The big move came and you couldn’t wait to sink your teeth into pizza, fries, and all the other things designed to give you high cholesterol, diabetes, and other types of heart disease. But after living a farrin for about 2 weeks, the excitement wore off and you start craving a tin a mackerel, some bully beef, jerk chicken, good ole oxtail and a nice, hot patty and coco bread.

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 1. Money nuh grow pon tree!!

This is by far the most important thing my counterparts have learned upon moving overseas. Paying your bills is paramount and you literally celebrate when you have money left over! It speaks for itself! ~JGIC

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Jodi-Ann is a Master of Arts in Geography candidate in Nova Scotia who enjoys helping international students and represents her native island, Jamaica, every opportunity she gets. An educator at heart, she enjoys taking each opportunity to offer advice and answer questions about school, life and work. If you want to get to know her, walk with your pet cat, one of Jodi’s published books, and chocolate – the good kind!

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