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I’ve been home for a few days now and have had time to collect myself and my thoughts from traveling. I really want to thank the numerous people who made my trip possible. I wouldn’t have been able to go if it weren’t for the selflessness of friends and family who helped with the cost. It meant so much to me to see how the people in my life are truly invested in my development and care so much about giving me opportunities to learn and grow. I look forward to passing that gift on to someone in my life.

I’m also grateful to all the people that made the trip worthwhile. Nearly every person I met along the way surprised me with their benevolence and the sincere kindness with which they helped me along my journey, in the biggest and smallest ways.

My stay wouldn’t have been the same without Agape and Kwao’s openness and generosity, either. I felt really fortunate to leave Jamaica with not only the knowledge they’ve shared with me, but their friendship as well.

Jamaica has challenged me in ways I couldn’t have expected. Thank you too, Jamaica.

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These photos may or may not have made it onto the blog already, but I wanted to be sure they did. Some miscellany from Jamaica.

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Here are some photos of my first top bar hive, built with the help of Yerba Buena’s “How to Build Your Own Top Bar Hive” booklet.

I definitely benefited form the advice of peers that have a good bit more carpentry experience, but with some simple instructions, there’s no reason anybody couldn’t build one of these on their own. I used pine, but I’ve even seen people using empty barrels or adobe.

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