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Still upbeat about Jamaica

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 5:00 AMChristopher Serju
Dauphin Miller with Ron Rico.

Dauphin Miller and his wife are still upbeat about Jamaica, even after shelling out more than US$1,200 for the safe return of their prized pet parrot, Ron Rico, a kidnapping which had threatened to derail an otherwise relaxing and enjoyable sojourn in Jamaica.

"At first, we were very upset, but since we got our bird back, aah, there's no hard feelings. I find the Jamaican people very nice and I'm trying to learn their language, but some of it is really hard to understand," he told The Gleaner.

The Millers have been cruising the world in their 45-foot yacht over the last five years, and had been in Jamaica for about 40 days, having sailed from the Sand Blas Islands of Panama. Having docked at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland, the red-lored Amazon parrot that had been cruising with the Millers for two years was stolen after being left alone aboard the vessel.

The couple, who are from Houston, Texas, were distraught, as with time running out for the resumption of the home leg of their journey, it seemed they would be without Ron Rico. After a print advertisement offering US$600 for his safe return failed to have the desired result, the Millers posted a US$1,000 reward and were reunited with him last Saturday. And now the country is back in their good books.

"Oh, I love Jamaica man and we had a really good time," Dauphin shared with The Gleaner on Wednesday. "We drove over to Kingston and we were always laughing because, when we would go walking around, the Jamaicans would point and say, 'Oh, look! Hello, white people,' and they always say, 'Come here, come here. Welcome to Jamaica'."

While in Kingston, the Millers took time out to visit the Bob Marley Museum and Trench Town, where the reggae legend spent his formative years; Reach Falls; Ocho Rios; and Montego Bay, St James, the island's tourism capital.