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What’s it like?

16 Apr

There are a number of questions people ask me that are pretty standard fare.  Some answers are more difficult than others but one question that always seems to stump me is “What’s it like?” (in reference to Haiti, of course).  I’m never quite sure what people mean by that.  What’s it like in what regard?  The climate?  The culture?  The topography?  The politics?  The people?

For now, a short photo tour that attempts to answer the question What’s it like?  If you meant something else, let me know and I’ll try again 🙂

 

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Landing in Cap Haitien and driving down these roads always feels like coming home.

 

People buy things like snacks (in the case) or gas (in the container on the ground) and sell them for a small profit

People buy things like snacks (in the case) or gas (in the container on the ground) and sell them for a small profit

Everyone comes to a central pump for their water, often a daily chore for the kids in the house.

Everyone comes to a central pump for their water, often a daily chore for the kids in the house.

A block house like this takes years to build as they add a little more whenever they have the money.  You will always see the cactus fences doubling as clothes lines.

A block house like this takes years to build as they add a little more whenever they have the money. You will always see the cactus fences doubling as clothes lines.

This type of house is much less expensive than the block houses.  It can be for one family or used as a duplex for two.

This type of house is much less expensive than the block houses. It can be for one family or used as a duplex for two.

The kitchen is sometimes open-air and sometimes a detached structure like this one that multiple households may share

The kitchen is sometimes open-air and sometimes a detached structure like this one that multiple households may share

These leaves are used in dishes like rice or soup.  They are said to be very high in nutrients

These leaves are used in dishes like rice or soup. They are said to be very high in nutrients

Community.  Neighbors are truly neighbors and not just people who live close to one another.

Community. Neighbors are truly neighbors and not just people who live close to one another.

Warm welcomes and big send-offs.  Like we've known each other forever.

Just like any kid, they are eager to take off their uniforms as soon as school lets out.

Just a taste for now.  I’ll try to get more picture on my May visit.  Anything in particular you want to see?

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Life in Haiti

 

3 responses to “What’s it like?

  1. girlonthemoveblog

    April 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I’d love to see pictures of grocery shopping!

     
    • nursegal513

      April 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      you would 😉 I’ll definitely try to get pictures of that next time!

       
  2. Ruthanne

    April 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    the market! I have never seen so much fish and so many flies in one place in my whole life. I didn’t take any pics because I didn’t want to be intrusive but I really wish I had a few. 😉

     

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