So this is the thing about how us Jamaicans give directions...

The video of a little girl in Jamaica giving directions on how to get to her house has been floating around my Facebook today. You're probably wondering, what could be so funny about that. Fair enough. The thing is with us Jamaican people, is that we don't know the names of streets...we only know landmarks, nature and where stoplights ar located. You will hear a lot of "go so...and then go so..." while we simultaneously move our hands in different directions to show you what we mean. Also, if you ask a Jamaican about how long it takes to get somewhere, our response will always be, "It don't tek long, it's just up di road". Whether it's a 5 minute drive or 2 hour drive, "it's just up di road". And definitely never ask my Cousin Kim for directions - unless you like driving up one way streets into on coming traffic. If you ever ask me how to get somewhere, this is probably the same way I'll describe it to you - so sorry in advance...


Take Care, 
Jin

ps: special thank you to the little boy in the video that yelled, "cooom outta di road" - lol - I love it!

5 comments :

Authentically U said...

That was so innocent and funny! She's a super cute little girl! Thx for the chuckle today, I needed it. ~Blessings

pendo said...

lololol am laughing so hard coz we Africans do the same too funny especially where i come from we always joke that never ask a Maasai (google them) for directions when they say only ten minutes trust me you will walk for at least an hour and they also do the "its just up the road or down the road thing too regardless of the distance

Kimani Fisher said...

Aye - I give great directions!!!

JIN @ Love,Loss + Lacquer said...

Don't you lie to these people!

J.L. Campbell said...

Jin, this definitely gave me a laugh. Haven't heard descriptions given quite like that, but it's true that everything is 'just up the road' or 'around the corner' for those living in the country.

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