Mwen remenm Ayiti!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Monday, April 30, 2007

i don't know if the spelling of the titles totally correct but it means 'i like Haiti' in creole.. Cap is a nice dusty little town with lots of community spirit, i especially like the road that my hotel is on, as from my balcony i can people watch the Haitians in awe, the amount of things the women and girls put on their head is amazing.. massive bowls, massive sacks full of charcoal, big cardboard boxes full of a variety of things for sale.. all carried with good posture and ease, i haven't seen any falls yet even though i tried in my room with my toiletry bag on my head i managed 5 paces before it slipped off. My Rue also offers a great man/woman ratio, as it's about 80% women, due to it being the main street selling point for clothes.. I've seen many pretty young women from my balcony, but it seems that many a time I'm thinking she's nice, she will start picking her nose, expose her under arm hair or spit.. i could let her off the first two as it can get quite dusty which creates nasal blockages and as Haiti has the claim of being the western hemispheres poorest country I'm sure the girls have better things to spend there money on the shavers for their armpits.

The town is easy to navigate as it's in a grid system from A-Q and 1-26, it's impossible to get lost or take a dead end whilst sticking in the grid.The locals are very friendly and the kids are cute, pointing out that I'm white and shouting 'BLAN!' (blan means white in creole) at me on every other street corner. the isn't many foreigners in Cap Haitien, I'm sure I'm the only independent backpacker here at the moment, One day i saw a load of 'blans' in a hired tap-tap lorry touring the town as if they were on safari in east Africa, i haven't a clue where the came from, maybe some NGO sponsors or UN get together.. I've found cap is very safe during the day and have walked all over on my own and only seem to get stares the are easily quelled by giving a bonjour/bonsoir which receives a smile and reciprocated greeting. The Haitians who run and work at the hotel are great fun to hang around with and are also eager to help you out with what you need, The electricity comes and goes in my hotel as it doesn't have a backup generator, nor does it have running water and i shower with a bucket from water from a well. I've come along way from earlier in my blog when i was complaining of taking a shower without warm water.

I've spent 4 days in town and plan to go and check out the beach called Labadie which is a 30minute tap-tap ride away costing 25 gourdes which is also known as 5 Haitian dollars. At first i thought it was going to be similar to Cuba with dual currencies but in fact it's just a confusing way of pricing things, and for tourists a good way to remember your 5 times table.
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kris on

Re: Thank you
i understand there is a large media-reality disparity.. it's sad that haiti is viewed from the outside in a negative way when it is so full of positive people.. thanks for the comment - kris

connie cobb on

Hi Chris.

I plan to bring some supplies in from Puerta Planta via Dajabon. I am told they do not let you drive any rental cars. Do you know someone who is willing to help up with a truck to deliver goods to local orphanage?

stephanie rebelo on

I enjoyed reading this! Im a 22 yr old canadian female, i was living in dominican and haiti for about 2years.....i fell in love with the country! how did your trip end up going? did you get to see any vodou? i'd like to talk to you more about it! you can email me if you'd like...
by the way, mwen remnem means i love!

José Ricardo Carvalho da Silva on

Pourquoi ne pas le peuple haïtien se réunir et de poser pour Haïti au Brésil pour unifier, et, partant, Haïti et le Brésil sera un pays unique, de sorte Haïti pourrait avoir davantage de ressources financières, il faudrait un accès gratuit au Brésil et les Haïtiens Brésiliens à Haïti, parce que la majorité des Haïtiens quittent Haïti et aller au Brésil, ainsi sera un moyen d'aider les deux nations, et aussi aux États-Unis veut contrôler Haïti, afin que le syndicat avec le Brésil serait un en route pour Haïti d'avoir leur autonomie, Haïti ne serait pas annexé par le Brésil mais unicado les parents et donc les deux ferait une grande union. Le Brésil serait en Haïti en Amérique du Sud serait le Brésil et Haïti dans les Caraïbes.


JC o' Bklyn on

wow, I swam many time there - Carénage - when I was kid. I almost drowned but was saved by a handicapped man who was laying on his back reading a book on the water -- in Haiti we call that *planche*

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