Appreciating life: The view from a balcony in Jamaica

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How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.
— VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE WAVES

Last time I visited Jamaica, I stayed in the parish of St. Ann at this beautiful inn right by the sea. The view was spectacular; my surroundings were quiet, peaceful, and unspoiled. Each day I would sit on the balcony and gaze out to the sea, and thank God for allowing me to wake up to this.

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