Last night I saw a dead pedestrian on the side of the road while traveling to my parents’ house. A school bus managed to hit the man head on (literally speaking). I could not pull over to help: officers were already on the scene, questioning the driver. The ambulance had not arrived, so everyone driving by skewed out of the way to avoid running over the corpse (and its remains).
My stays on the island are usually pleasant when travelling through the mountains, breathing in the less-polluted air and listening more to the sounds of nature.
The land where the sun is cold and the rain is hot..
But once I run errands or drive through the cities, you have to be on your guard because of the high crime rate. Disturbingly high. You can’t stand in line to pay for your purchases in a store without being pickpocketed. You try to hang out with your friends at a small bar and old men show up and just start hitting on you (and would not give up). You can’t even go to the beach without the smell of pot polluting the sea breeze (and these pot heads immediately switch to snorting coke not caring about discretion). Let’s not forget about the noise: parties and loud music at 1AM to 3AM and the cops not doing shit about it.
I was considering at some point to retired at this place, but after a 2-week stay I was done. If I wanted to live somewhere in this island, it would have to be in the mountainous area and only if dire circumstances would force me to move there. Not to mention the fragrant racism that exists among the general populace: Cutie would be a target by scammers and muggers young and old alike due to him being 100% Caucasian. And I would have to fight each and everyone of them off. I don’t want that kind of life for the both of us.
So as much as this place is my hometown, it will be forever regarded as the black hole of the Caribbean, home to my aging family who can’t move to the US for better services and safety. If anyone wants a challenge, by all means visit the place and see for yourselves. By the way, I recommend the food. If you want to die a happy death, eat the local food: plenty of it will take you to an early grave via heart attack.