I still see them vividly in front of me, the beautiful girls of my school class, as they sit crisp brown in the classroom after the summer holidays, or quite decadent after Christmas.
A precipitous outbound flight and a drama on arrival: Fortunately, locals in Jamaica took care of Karin Lochner. Even today, 35 years later, she proudly wears her T-shirt from the time with the imprint "Jamaica - closest place to heaven".
If I go to the same place twice, that means something: I fell in love. Incidentally, this does not apply to men, only to places. My first meeting with Oaxaca was two years ago and I knew for sure that I would come again.
Guadala ... what? That's the reaction of most people when I tell them about the city I've been living in for three years.
Diving and Belize, that fits together like Piña and Colada. The small Central American country is an absolute diver's secret destination. But especially with European sea lovers, it is often under the radar. Time to change that, says Timo Dersch. He was blown away from his dive trip.
When everything was covered with a kind of nostalgic veil in the Culture Yard in Trench Town, and the rust, the peeling plaster and the weathered bright colors of the outer walls were surrounded by an almost romantic touch of transitoriness, then this is the opposite.
The corrugated iron huts, the car wrecks, the bullet holes on some walls:
No transfigured remnant of the past. This is real.
"And? How long have you been in Jamaica? "I ask Azushi, the Japanese Rastafarian with the dreadlock bird's nest on his head.
"Hm, long," he says.
"Long?" I ask.
"Long," he replies, nodding.
"Not so long," I answer.
Nicaragua is first and foremost one thing: its wonderful volcanoes. With and on which a lot of adventure can be experienced. For example volcano surfing.
I have to go to Trench Town. I must.
There is no way around paying a visit to Kingston's most notorious and fascinating district.
Too often have I heard Bob Marley singing about it in his songs.
Too often I wondered where these songs came from.
"I do not know, man, you're just too white," says Rob, one of the collaborators of Bob Marley's old record company Tuff Gong.