Plane-spoken architect

Everything changes. Geoff Egginton ’63, airport architect, has made a career by embracing that universal truth.
    Since taking his first industry job in the early ’70s, Egginton has planned and designed airline terminals around the world while rolling with recession, deregulation, and terrorism. These upheavals have made him an expert not only in the art of architecture, but also in functional planning, public finance, retail, and baggage handling.
    It’s been a career trajectory with few layovers. Egginton has worked for American Airlines, TWA, and Lockheed Martin. He is currently assistant vice president at technical consulting company AECOM, and his portfolio includes facilities in Oslo and Madrid as well as Baltimore Washington International, LAX, and JFK.
    Egginton started out on a different path. After Colgate, he earned an architecture degree from Columbia University in 1967 and worked on museums with Bauhaus visionary Marcel Breuer in New York City until a recession took hold and his firm shed 65 of its 80 associates.
    At a party, Egginton happened to meet an American Airlines executive. “He mentioned to me that the airlines had their own architects and engineers,” Egginton recalled. And, unlike other companies, American was hiring, not firing. He signed on in 1973 and started to get his bearings in a technically complex field.
    Only five years later, Congress passed the Airline Deregulation Act, and competition between carriers began in earnest. While Egginton learned to balance passenger capacity and to match his concepts to an airport’s existing grid, legacy carriers were vying with innovative low-cost airlines for passengers, aircraft gates — and survival.
    Today, the battle continues, and all eyes are on the earnings reports. Whereas airports in the ’50s and ’60s were run by World War II veterans, “because they had aviation in their blood,” Egginton recalled, “the new airports are run by financial types who have their eye on cost issues.”
    Egginton can sound like a financial type, too, as he explains tax-free municipal bonds, passenger facility charges, and special companies like the Terminal One Group Association, which was formed by a quartet of airlines to pay for the design and construction of Terminal One at JFK.
    The Colgate fine arts major’s own process has evolved with the times, too. “I still do sketches by hand, being an old-timer,” he said. But those sketches are now fed into AutoCAD, software that double-checks measurements and produces renderings for presentations.
    Not all changes have been driven by economics and technology. Since 9/11, Egginton has been focused on security and safety. Take, for example, inline baggage systems: miles of below-ground conveyors, carrying bags between the ticket counter, curbside, and the tarmac. Every package is checked for hazardous materials along the way. “Passengers have no idea of the complexity of screening bags for explosives,” he said. “Everybody’s suitcase is shaped differently, and there are up to three levels of screening. It’s really a miracle.”
    And then there are food and retail products. With modern airports taking on the look and feel of shopping malls, every box of sweatshirts, mugs, and magazines must be screened for guns, explosives, and contraband. Architects even have to consider how trash will be removed from behind the security line.
    This industry dynamism has placed Egginton in the role of lifelong learner, and his expertise makes him a sought-after sage in a niche market. For all of the extra knowledge he has built in response to the universal truth of change, his heart is never far from the aviation.
“I have a whole collection of stick-built airplane models,” he said. “I build these in the wintertime — it keeps me off the streets.”
— Mark Walden

Waiting For Henry: Old friends, new band

L to R: Dave Ashdown ’91, Dave Slomin ’87, and Mike Chun ’88

On June 8, 2013, skyrocketing rock band Waiting For Henry performed a sold-out show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. Acclaimed with hit reviews, the band has been getting stellar media attention. The Huffington Post deemed their first album, Ghosts and Compromise, “fit for any playlist in any era.” The Alternate Root named it number 10 in their Top 20 Albums of the First Half of 2013 and asked to begin filming a TV concert series with the band this fall. Jumping into the spotlight after the album’s release in March, these guys seemed to come out of nowhere… So who exactly are they?
    As it turns out, Waiting For Henry was the product of friendships formed at Colgate years ago. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Dave Slomin ’87 and Dave Ashdown ’91 became friendly rivals with Mike Chun ’88 in the university’s independent band scene as their two groups competed for the limited gigs around campus.
    After graduating, the three went their separate ways, focusing on their careers, families, and musical opportunities. Slomin and Chun often ran into each other in New York’s busy music scene while Ashdown made a name for himself in the music industry in Chicago. The Repercussions, Slomin and Ashdown’s college band, got back together for a last hoorah in 2007, with Chun helping out on bass, at the Class of 1987’s 20th Reunion. But when the amps had been switched off and guitars packed in cases, Slomin and Chun realized that they didn’t want it to end.
    Their heads heavy with music, the former rivals formed the new band, recruiting Ashdown — who matched their enthusiasm — on drums.
    After a year of writing and composing an album, the band spent two years recording with Exeter Studios, releasing Ghosts and Compromise in late March. Drawing inspiration from the likes of REM and The Replacements, it was described by American Roots Music as “a tremendous album that perfectly blends equal doses of indie rock and alt-country.”
    Aside from rave reviews, a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge (opened by Greg Koerner ’88’s bluesy band Gent Treadly), and a heavy rotation on a number of radio stations, for Slomin, Ashdown, and Chun, Waiting For Henry is all about having fun with good friends and a deep love of music.
— Kellyann  Hayes ’16

Advocate for immigrants 

Andrea Mortlock had spent most of her life in New York after entering the country legally from Jamaica as a teen, but following a couple of minor run-ins with the law, the American government wanted to ship her back home. The problem, however, was Mortlock’s health. The mother of two was HIV positive; while in the States, she had access to life-saving drugs, Jamaica’s health service wouldn’t provide medications. Returning there, argued her lawyers, was tantamount to a death sentence. After a three-year tug of war that saw Mortlock detained in an immigration facility, attorney Sarah Loomis Cave ’95 (pictured) and her colleagues won her release.
    As an attorney at a large Manhattan law firm, Cave has worked on some of the highest-profile securities and bankruptcy cases in history, involving personalities and corporations from Bernard Madoff to Lehman Brothers. At the same time, however, by devoting hundreds of hours to pro bono work such as Mortlock’s case, she has found “a way to help families stay together, to reunite them, to help people remain in their homes or keep their jobs.” In doing so, she’s earned widespread recognition as an expert on immigration law.
    The soft-spoken Cave is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, which has a deep legacy of public service. (In 2011, it ranked number two in the American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Survey.) “My first year here, I had a mentor who recruited me to assist her in immigration work, and I’ve been working on these cases ever since. These were very difficult cases — new immigration laws had just passed, they were complicated to understand, and if these people were deported, they were likely to die.”
    A current case involves a woman from Mali who underwent forced genital mutilation as a young girl. “It was a horrific experience for her,” Cave recounted. The woman came to the States for school in her late teens, then overstayed her student visa; the U.S. government is now trying to send her back to Mali.
    “We’re seeking asylum on the grounds that, not only did she suffer persecution, she’ll face more persecution if she returns. She’s been here 10 years, has a partner and three children who were born here, and she very much wants to stay and keep her family together.”  
    Cave, a long-distance runner who’s married and the mother of two boys, ages 8 and 5, is a seven-time recipient of the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award, and was recognized in 2012 as a “Lawyer who Leads by Example” by the New York Law Journal. She also co-chairs her firm’s pro bono committee.
    Heidi Lee Henderson, senior director of legal services at a clinic where Cave and other Hughes Hubbard attorneys offer free legal work, praised Cave for going “above and beyond what lawyers normally do on cases.”
    “She’s been a real cheerleader and a supporter of the work and mission, and really cares about doing the right thing,” said Henderson, in a 2012 New York Law Journal article.
    “To help a family stay together, or a woman keep her children safe, or get someone out of jail — all those things are fulfilling,” Cave said, explaining why she does what she does. “But it’s such a small effort for us to make a change in someone’s life. It’s obvious this is what I should be doing with the benefits I’ve had from my Colgate education [she majored in political science and minored in Native American studies], and the advantages I had going to Michigan law school and working at a big firm with a lot of resources. I wish I could do more, because there’s an endless need for services.”    
— Anne Stein

In the know: Vintage market finds

Alison Barrett Abbott ’76 is a freelance writer and editor of Green With Renvy, a travel and lifestyle blog. When not renovating homes, she is consulting with small businesses, acting as a brand ambassador, and sharing travel tips in sustainable shades of green.

Long before I found myself renovating homes with an eco-friendly twist, I was a flea market devotee. At first, it was a method of shopping that fit within my budget, but I soon found that “up cycling” from the past was a perfect way to add personality and put the finishing touches on an environment. Although I am lucky to have Brimfield (Massachusetts), one of the largest antique markets in the world, in my backyard, vintage markets are found in every area of the country (don’t get me started on the joy of fabulous finds when you travel). Armed with a few tips, you can score the perfect find to make your personal space sing with character.

1. Do your homework. If you are looking for something specific, familiarize yourself with pricing by looking on eBay or local stores. Everyone bargains: know your bottom price so you won’t get caught up in the moment and overpay.

2. Shows can be overwhelming. Make a list. Take measurements of spots you are looking to fill, and bring a photo of the space. Include another shot of any furniture with which you need to coordinate.

3. Invest in a few key pieces for your home, and accessorize with accent pieces that carry a story and some history.  I love trying to find the backstory on a piece — even when it is obviously embellished by the vendor, it’s all part of the process.

4. As you’re shopping
, remember these points: Paint is your friend. It can do wonders on an old piece. Look for good bones (the interior structure) and remember the outside can always be changed with some elbow grease, or a good furniture refinisher. If you stick to one color palette in the room, your collection will look more uniform and your aesthetic more chic. Use accent pieces to add pops of color.

5. Start early in the day and come prepared for a change of weather (insert rain here)! Dress in layers, bring a hat with a brim, and most of all, wear comfortable shoes. This is no time to worry about fashion; it’s a challenge to walk the fields and stay focused, but also a lot of fun to hunt for treasures.

6. Pack these essentials: a tape measure, sunscreen, lots of cash (better for bargaining), lunch, and water. Include tear sheets from your favorite magazines if you’re going after a certain look. Bring a pull cart, backpack, or recycled bags for taking away your treasures. Most vendors will hold things for you, but it can be hard to find the booth again if you’ve made a lot of headway, and trips back to the car can cut into your time to shop.

7. Don’t know where to begin? Start a collection; you’ll soon find yourself caught up in the thrill of the search, too!

It’s rewarding to find a perfect piece and give it new life — plus, it’s much more eco-friendly!

What do you know? If you’re an expert in an area of your field or avocation and would like to share your sage advice, e-mail or write to the Colgate Scene, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Teaching the ABCs of catching ZZZs

For many bleary-eyed parents of infants and toddlers, sleep is a seemingly unobtainable goal. Lori Brier Strong ’98, a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant based out of Austin, Texas, is helping to change that, one family at a time.
    “If the child’s not sleeping well, the family’s not sleeping well,” she said, “and that can lead to such problems when everyone is exhausted!” Strong works with parents to establish a sleep routine that is individually tailored to each family’s situation. She noted that, once they make changes, most see progress pretty quickly.
    Before she was teaching parents, Strong spent almost a decade as an elementary school educator. Education is in her blood — her mom and dad are both teachers — and growing up on Long Island (N.Y.), she loved being in school and had always wanted to be a teacher. While at Colgate, Strong majored in English and obtained a certification in elementary education, completing her student teaching in nearby Waterville. After graduation, she was hired there full time to teach second grade and obtained her M.S. in reading from SUNY-Cortland. She went on to teach fourth grade in Buffalo and serve as a reading specialist in Philadelphia.
    Strong and her husband, Brett ’98 (whom she met in Russell Hall in 1996), moved to Austin shortly before their first child, Jonah, arrived in 2006. She remembers learning in a birth class that babies can sleep anywhere, but “that was not what we brought home from the hospital!” she said.
    Like many new parents, Strong found herself without a lot of information about how to get her baby to sleep, and soon, desperation led to an obsession. Amid exhaustion, she read every book on the subject she could find. After six months, her research had paid off. Jonah was sleeping 12 hours a night and taking regular naps. His new habits stayed with him, and Strong is happy to report that he’s still a good sleeper.
    By the time her daughter, Simone, was born in 2009, Strong knew how to provide a good sleep environment from the start, so the family avoided many of the sleepless nights they had spent with Jonah.
    Word of Strong’s expertise spread among her family and friends. It seemed almost every mom needed help with her child’s sleep, and Strong began to see an opportunity to make a difference.
    Strong obtained her Infant and Child Sleep Consultant certification through the Family Sleep Institute in 2012, after several months of research, case studies, and hands-on training. Her consulting business, Strong Little Sleepers, followed soon after. “Education was always my main passion. It still is — I’ve just shifted gears. Instead of teaching kids, now I’m teaching parents to help their kids,” she said.
    She works with infants and children up to age 6. The parents fill out an intake form so she can learn about the child’s sleep history and the family’s sleep goals. Along with one-on-one consultations, she conducts small-group seminars and teaches local classes that help parents learn to establish good sleep habits, such as creating a consistent sleeping environment and schedule, early on. She’s now working on her certification as a Happiest Baby Educator — specialist training in soothing newborns that will complement her other sleep methods.
    Strong never imagined that she’d be running her own business. It’s challenging, she said, but very rewarding. “Parents say I’m changing their lives, which is really satisfying.”
— Allison A. Curley ’04

A three-pronged ministry

Working as a hospital chaplain, an ethnic studies professor, and a poet are all about making sense of the world for Elvis Alves ’02.
    Alves, who was born in Guyana, South America, said each role influences the others and makes him feel more connected to humanity, as did his liberal arts courses at Colgate. He majored in religion and went on to get a master’s of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005.
    “I get joy in what I do,” says Alves, who lives in Brooklyn. “I do it because I want to live in a better world.”
    One way he accomplishes that is to provide psycho-spiritual support to New York Methodist Hospital patients and their family members. The work can be challenging. “You see death, whether it’s someone who’s 99 years old or a baby who didn’t get to take a first breath,” said Alves, who’s 34. “What I can do is be present and, through faith, believe God, too, is present.”
    Those experiences, in turn, affect his poetry. “My writing is very therapeutic,” he said. “Writing encourages you to listen to yourself, to others, to the universe. I think it’s an attempt to make sense of myself, to make sense of the world, to not be someone who’s just passing through.”
    His poetry has been published in several magazines, including a poem in the November 2012 issue of Sojourners magazine. That poem, “Nineveh,” begins, “He uproots teeth primordial in nature and that eat his soul.” He wrote it on a train ride to a dentist appointment, while thinking about the biblical story of Jonah.
    This year, he self-published Bitter Melon, a book of his poems. The title refers to an Asian vegetable that loses its bitterness if you add salt, pepper, curry, and tomato. The name also draws an analogy to life: “Life is what you make of it by adding certain things. You add relationships, how you relate to other people,” said Alves, who is engaged to be married in 2014.
    He also builds relationships with the students he teaches as an adjunct professor of ethnic studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Most of his students are black or Latino and come from underserved urban communities. He helps them develop critical–thinking, writing, and research skills. “I feel it’s part of ministry, too,” he said.
    Having spent a semester at the University of Manchester while at Colgate, Alves has always been drawn to world cultures and history, spurred by his father’s interest: “He encouraged me and my siblings to see ourselves as connected to the world.” Alves said wearing dreadlocks connects him to his Caribbean homeland and to one of his favorite singers, Bob Marley.
    Being the namesake of another famous musician came from his paternal grandmother, who — like many in Guyana — likes American music. She also chose Otis as a name for his younger brother and Marvin for a cousin. He has found that being named Elvis is a great icebreaker when he meets new people, as he does regularly in his work.
    Alves envisions bringing his multiple passions closer together in the future. “My hope is to be a college chaplain, so I can minister to students and also teach,” he said.
    Odds are that he’ll also share with them his poetry.
— Chris Swingle

The art of cookbooks

Meredith Erickson ’03 with Le Pigeon’s chef Gabriel Rucker (left) and co-owner Andrew Fortgang (second from right), as well as David Reamer, cookbook photographer. (Photo by David Reamer)

Meredith Erickson ’03 is not a chef, but she knows food. As a freelance writer, she collaborates with acclaimed restaurant chefs to publish user-friendly cookbooks.
    “Just because you’re a fantastic chef, it doesn’t make you a good recipe writer,” said Erickson, who uses her experience as a home cook to her advantage. She tests the recipes in her own kitchen, thinking of questions that will make them more accessible. For example, if the chef writes, “Cook the lamb for 10 minutes,” she said, “I would be asking questions like, ‘What internal temp are we looking for?’ ‘What if you don’t have a thermometer?’ ‘What’s the visual cue on doneness?’”
    Erickson’s first book was: The Art of Living According to Joe Beef (Ten Speed Press, 2011), which she wrote with David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, the chefs and owners of Montreal hot spot Joe Beef. She’d met them while working together at a Saint-Laurent supper club in Montreal. They were chefs, and Erickson was a server at night, while working as an editor at a local magazine by day.
    When they decided to open up their own restaurant, they brought Erickson along. Joe Beef was packed with locals from the day it opened, but when David Chang, the chef from New York restaurant Momofuku, came in to try the food, he became a major supporter. He introduced Erickson to Peter Meehan, editor of food magazine Lucky Peach and co-writer of many cookbooks. Meehan told her: “These guys [Morin and McMillan] have to do a book, and you have to write it.” (Chang ultimately wrote the forward.) From there, Erickson signed with Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management and began her first book.
    When Erickson co-writes a cookbook, one of her goals is to help the chefs tell the story of the place they come from. Because she and the Joe Beef chefs were friends first, they knew they shared common interests, from Quebec history to Canadian art, table setting, trains, and book design. She spent hours posing questions to them. “From their answers and my own thoughts, I would devise the narrative,” she recalled.   
    And each recipe, from the lobster spaghetti to the “Éclair Velveeta” (foie gras, bacon, and Velveeta Cheese on an éclair shell), not only reflects the character of the 75-seat restaurant, but also includes quips and stories about Montreal in general.
    A finalist for both a 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award and a 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Award, Joe Beef won the 2011 Piglet cookbook tournament, and Bon Appetit called it one of the Best Cookbooks of 2011. (On that same list was a Phaidon Press cookbook by chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli that Erickson project-managed.)
    Beyond accolades for Joe Beef, Erickson’s writing for the Quebec food and travel television show À la di Stasio earned her a nomination for a 2010 Prix Gémeaux award, the equivalent of an Emmy for French Canadian television. Between 2007 and 2011, she sporadically worked with the “Martha Stewart of Quebec,” Josée di Stasio, to research restaurants, chefs, and highlights in English-speaking cities from London to San Francisco.
    Erickson now lives primarily in London, where she writes for publications including Lucky Peach, new online drinks magazine The Punch, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and Elle. But when she’s working on a cookbook, she will spend weeks at a time in the restaurant’s city, learning about the chef. In September, she released Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird (Ten Speed Press) with chef Gabriel Rucker of Portland, Ore., restaurant Le Pigeon. “I’ve been to Portland nine times in two years,” she said. “That’s a lot of air miles.”
    Currently, Erickson plans to co-write a book for another Portland restaurant, Olympic Provisions. Even as she finds herself in demand, she is still sometimes surprised that she’s managed to turn her interests into a career. “There aren’t many people who collaborate on cookbooks,” Erickson said. Most chefs work with publishers to find ghostwriters. But it’s a niche that she’s excited to occupy.
— Ruthie Kott ’05

The summer of 1968, I had just finished my freshman year at Colgate when I went on a blind date with Elisabeth Wickes in northern Michigan. We continued to date, and in the fall I went back to Colgate while Beth started her freshman year at the University of Denver. By the following summer, we decided we could not live without each other. But Colgate was not yet coed, and dropping out and living together was not an option because of the Vietnam War and the draft. In July of 1969, Beth and I traveled to Colgate and met with the director of admissions, Dean Scovil, who informed us that spouses of professors or students could apply to Colgate, regardless of gender. We told him that we would be married before school started, and on that basis, Beth applied and was admitted. We got married August 30, 1969, five weeks after meeting with Dean Scovil, four weeks after we notified our family and friends, two weeks after Woodstock, and about a week before school started. Beth began classes in the fall of 1969, breaking ground in some of her courses as the first woman some of the professors had ever taught. Colgate was a fairly crazy, but wonderful, place to begin our marriage. Forty-four years later, Beth is still the love of my life. She graduated seven months pregnant with our first child in 1973. Our second child was born two years later at our farm five miles from Hamilton. In our minds, to this day, Colgate was the catalyst that allowed us to take the leap and get married. Thank God it was not coed in 1969!

— Robert D. Lane ’71 (and Elisabeth Wickes Lane ’73)

Are you a married Colgate couple? If so, we want to hear your love story, whether you had your first kiss on Willow Path or didn’t first meet until years after graduation. Tell us your story in 400 words or less, and send a (current or past) photo to: the Colgate Scene at or 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Road taken

Gary Hummel ’69

I had a longtime marketing, forecasting, and product development career at Illinois Bell and Ameritech Corporation in Chicago. My team and I were responsible for developing the first digital data network product to run on ordinary copper wire in 1988–1991. The product — called ISDN, or integrated services digital network — helped spur high-speed data applications and was a forerunner of AT&T’s DSL service.

I had developed an appreciation of architecture in high school at Cranbrook School (Michigan), which is the work of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, and as a student at Colgate. I remember watching the construction of the Dana Arts Center. It is a masterpiece of complex poured concrete construction.

When I retired from Ameritech in 2000, I took art and architecture courses at the College of Dupage. I went on to earn a master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2006.

After graduating, I worked as a design intern at the LA firm Ball Nogues. I was part of a team that developed the physical model for the MOMA PSI summer pavilion in Queens, which won the Young Architect’s Prize. In 2008, I helped develop and install an exhibition of models called “Fabrications” at UC Berkeley.

I have kept busy with volunteerism and independent design work. I am nearly finished with the renovation, both interior and landscape, of a mid-century house in Oakland Park, Fla.

Currently, I am working on a website tentatively called HomeScape, which allows visitors to view my work through the lens of my home renovation and landscape redesign. I am also developing a design for a compact, energy-saving house called Micro House.

Colgate seen

The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to

Ambreen Shah ’01 (left), Jacqueline Hurley ’01 (right), and Jessica Whitt ’01 (not pictured) reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at sunrise last summer. Recalled Hurley: “Slow and steady was the way to the top … ‘pole, pole’!”

“How low can Colgate men get?” asks Rick Clogher ’70 (left). He and Jim Smith ’70 said they found out in January when they met in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin, the point of lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

Maroon’d… in Jamaica

Stefanie Thomas ’05 loves being back home in Jamaica. As editor of an online cultural magazine and team coordinator of a business development NGO, she recommends leaving the confines of the all-inclusive hotels and instead exploring these local spots and activities.

Attractions: Portland parish is great for outdoor adventurers. Climbing the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s highest mountain range, then rafting on the nearby Rio Grande River is a must-do. A trip to Frenchman’s Cove, YS Falls, the Martha Brae River, or Green Grotto Caves gives fresh appreciation for nature. Swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove is also quite the gem.

Food: What’s a trip to Jamaica without jerk? Jerk chicken, pork, and fish can be found at Scotchies in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Kingston. For the seafood lovers, escoveitched fish and festival (cornmeal fritters) is a must-have, and Hellshire, the local beach in St. Catherine, is where it’s done best. Ackee and saltfish (our national dish) and pepperpot soup will add spice to your feast.

Culture: If you visit in summertime, check out the National Dance Theatre Company’s season of dance. Also be sure to see what reggae concerts are on. I recommend Jamaica Jazz and Blues as well as Sumfest. The National Gallery and Bob Marley museums are also quite interesting.  

Stay: Rock House, Silver Sands Villas, Half Moon Hotel, and Couples Sans Souci are great options.   

Whether it’s Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, or Louise Bennett, mother of Jamaican poetry and folklore, the culture has much to offer. For any visitor, what makes Jamaica stand apart from other gorgeous islands in the Caribbean will come from interacting with the locals and experiencing the colorful spirit of our people.

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