M'achette anpil prestige

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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hotel colombia

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

the title is me showing of my limited kreyol again, it means 'i buy plenty prestige' .. prestige is the haitien beer and it tastes good, this week after labadie i thought i'd rest a bit and hang with the locals.. the main person that has been hard to getaway from is this guy called reneaux, he's quite safe, speaks a little english and loves to teach creole, also he knows the town well and has shown me a few places and experienced a few things i wouldn't have seen on my own including my highlight of catching a rowing boat across the river because the bridge collapsed years ago, (rue 2's bridge and another one further a mile or two upstream) ..he was maoning alot that he can't find work so when i was drunk i came up with the idea that i could give him a job as a tour guide for me around the cittadelle, he told me he'd been there many times before.. when we got there it was quite clear that it was his first time as after the first 100metres i asked if we were nearly there yet, he replied we are half way but infact we were just a fraction of the way up the 3km track up the mountain, when we were shown around by the real guide it was very interesting to see all the unused cannon ball and bombs laying around, something that is always missing from the numerous colonial forts i've visited around the caribbean, also there were italian, french and british cannons taken as memorobilia (apparently) from battles on the north coast lost by the europeans..

one day when i did manage to lose reneaux (he's not that bad just hard for you to avoid as he has nothing else to do) i walked to 3 forts that are in a line to the north of cap haiten, the first two are not much more than ruins with a few cannons but the last one which involves walking over a beach that now resembles a rubbish tip brings you to fort piccolet. this fort has now got a new lease of life, not in restoration terms but is now used as a spiritual voodou place to go for people to chant, sing, light candles, prayer, think or cry about their lost loved ones. When i was approaching the fort i thought it was strange the amount of human traffic passing in and out, when it comes to these out-of-the way forts i'm normally the only person there left to wonder about in silence looking at the architecture, the cannons and the views, but here there was on average 20 people scattered around the ruins. The fort itself is still half intact with walkways, a couple of stair wells and a few propped up cannons and was definatley worth the long walk from downtown to see.

i left for port au prince and indoing so left many friends that i'd made, the hotel colombia (on rue 5k) was a great place to stay and with good location to the store to buy beers which was 3 steps across the road and close to a good place to eat which was about 10 meters to the left on 5L... other places i regularly visited was a good speed internet cafe on rue 15h and hotel christophe to get an immediate cash advance without waiting an hour in the long queues of sogabank
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