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 🙂
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
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.
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
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.
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?