Life Lessons, perspectives, reality. I told about mine and my daughter's feelings about Mexico, after visiting Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, St. Maarten, and Martinique and I will also throw in an American Island, San Juan, been to all and found more racism in the Mexican cities by far but for the same reason for all I will never return.
These are places where I learned that I am not Welcome everywhere. I thought being tourist countries it would be alright to visit. I have never felt more Stresses, fearful, uncomfortable, and unwelcome any where in Jamaica as I did in these places. Everyone has a story, some similar but most will not admit, some different, but these are my experiences. Never Ever Return.
As far as hiding, I'm not, but on first meeting people not just Jamaicans but some Expats as well and allowing them into my space, just not gonna happen. I know I am not the only one living here with this same attitude. I learned my lesson early, from an Expat, the hard way. She taught me well. I used to be one who embraced people on first meeting, as I said I learned. Arms length is where most new people find themselves with me, and it took coming to Jamaica to learn it. And like you Jeannieb, I hate having to be like this, but sometimes it's best. Trust and Friendship take time.