Haiti, More Than An Earthquake Story.
year of travel plans with a trip to Haiti. As I am preparing for this 10 day, 3 city tour. I will show you how to pack lite, find inexpensive lodging, eat and play like a local and give you an opportunity to purchase goods from Haiti. I also will be blogging and vlogging my trip while in Haiti to show you why you should visit Haiti. Follow my blog (Below) for more updates.
- In the eighteenth century, St. Dominique (Haiti) was the richest colony in the French Empire and was unown as the “Pearl of the Antilles.”
- In 1801, ex-slave Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) led nearly one-half million Haitian slaves against Haiti’s French colonialists. Their eventual victory was the first successful slave revolt and helped establish Haiti as the FIRST black republic.
- Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic and Cuba, which is the largest.
- The Citadel is a large mountaintop fortress located in northern Haiti. It is the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere. (I will be visiting for sure!)
- Haiti is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean.
- (You know I love 2 hike and explore)
- One of Haiti significant icon in early Haitian history and a primordial founder of the country is a woman Haitian ruler named Anacaona, or “Golden Flower”.
- Descendants of African slaves make up 95% of Haiti’s population. The other 5% are mulattos, descendants of French planters and African slaves, and whites. Haiti also has a small population of Middle Easterners, descendants of Syrian and Lebanese people who came to Haiti in the nineteenth century.
- An Haiti is known for its beautiful beaches and sunsets!
(Happy New Year!!!)
This trip could not have come at a better time. ATL to DR to Haiti and then the reverse. In a few days i will be on an island.
One more day and I'm out for a month, sooooo happy right now. I love traveling and I'm excited about going to Haiti. Oh! I guess i should start packing. Yes I'm a last minute packer. I will start packing today.
Later tonight I will show you how to pack lite for your trip. How to pack a months worth of clothes in a carry on backpack.
Just as an FYI, this is a good app to have on your cell phone. So you can easily keep in touch with family and friends. It's called (WhatsApp)
Before traveling to any country, make sure you check the expiration date on your passport. Some countries require you to have at least 6 months left on your passport before they allow you to enter.
All checked in with the airline, I checked in 24 hours before the flight so I don't have to wait in line for long and to make sure i get a good seat. www.southwest.com
Washing clothes, do not want to start out with dirty clothes. LOL
Gearing up, This is the start of me packing. 1st start out with an empty bag and clean clothes. Two carry-on bags, one above your seat and one below the seat in front of you.
if you are staying in hostels, don't forget to bring a small combination lock.
Most Cell phones you can buy a SIMCard for, while you're traveling to and from.
Bring a Poncho or rain jacket, depending on where you go and the weather. You never know.
The thing about packing lite is to pack what you need and not what you want. Use your compression straps in your bag to create more room. Fold roll and stuff your clothes in your bag. When I say stuff, For example: Roll your socks and stuff them in your shoes. Pack the big stuff 1st, then roll and stuff the rest in the corners of the bag.
Bags are packed and I'm already to go, I've checked in with the airline and i believe that I'm in the B group. Which means that i will get a good seat. For me I like the right side of the plane, window seat.
I'm so excited, its the morning of my flight. I'm calling Uber to catch a ride to go get something to eat at the Waffle House and to the airport.
I love Uber, so convenient and on time. I'm at the airport going through security and I did not forget my passport book. LOL. TSA, You have to Love them. :-) One of the things that I love at the airport is seeing the young soldiers in uniform traveling to and from.
Thank you for your Service, I truly appreciate it. 3/7 SF(A) - 642nd ENG
On the plane and ready to take off and now this.
Airport code ATL
Not a good look SouthWest Airlines, when you are on a flight and the mechanic is working on the WING of the plane.
Can you say.... Delay!
Airport code PUJ
This place has no name just a fruit stand on the side of the road, with a blender. Had to stop and get a fresh smoothie. Coming from the Airport.
At the border I just followed her lead, from exchanging money to getting my passport stamp.
Sylvain, was born in Haiti she is an accountant by trade for a big company in Haiti. With her job she travels a couple times a year. Sylvain was just coming back from Santo Domingo, DR. She went there to get some dental work done. Sylvain has a family, house and car AND Haiti Pride.
She allowed me to look at her passport book and she has hella stamps. more than me. Sylvain was telling me that she had to get a Visa just to travel to Santo Domingo and that she felt that I was lucky as an american. I told her very true. However, it is a trade off. I am going without somethings or have to put up with somethings as and american.
Don't get me wrong I love the USA and would not trade it for another.
I told her this was my 1st time to Haiti and she was puzzled as to why I would even want to come to Haiti. Most people that come from the states are working for a nonprofit.
Nope! not me I just came to see for myself what Haiti, is all about.
The ride from the border to Port-au-Prince was quiet, most of the folks on the bus were sleep. Haiti, Beautiful people and colors. I can tell that we are getting near because, I'm starting to see more cars and people. Oh wow! we just passed the U.S. Embassy. Always good to know where your Embassy is located.
Haiti…....... Wow its a lot of black pepole out here. I mean they are everywhere. And I love it. People are in the streets deep, selling goods, food, services… beautiful colors everywhere. I want to stop, but it's getting late and I want to get to the place before it gets dark. The people are so deep that it is hard for the taxi to move. I hope that the driver doesn't hit anyone, I trust that he understand’s how to handle this type of situation.
Down the dirt road into the darkness I go.
I saw a man getting a hair cut. No big deal, right? Well how he was getting his hair cut was shocking to me. It was a (Oh, Wow) moment.
Kids playing in the streets, Food on every conner.
Off the grid.
Ok, Im going to get some food, shower, sleep. I have to get on a bus tomorrow.
Tomorrow I'm going hiking. :-) www.WeLove2Hike.com I love hiking, it clears my mind as if I was the only one that mattered.
The stop at the school was to long for my legs that was hot and now cold. However, I'm feeling good about the hike and donation.
Every time I stop for a break, The men on the horse are looking at me and calling my name. "Mitchell" you want the ride. LOL
Oh well, I'm not going to stop or turn back around. I might as well enjoy the views.
Oh WOW we made it to the base of the fort, I'm so Happy I could dance. But I only have enough strength to hug. LOL
The motorcycle is here and I Politely asked him to show me that his brakes worked. LOL
I'm so happy that I got a chance to sleep in. Good Times, Good Times.
The Cab driver is trying to get me for more money. He is saying he didn't know it was going to be this muddy.
( This is why I ALWAYS get upfront pricing )
So, I thought about my options, pay extra or stay at the hotel next door. Well I already paid for a hotel over the mountain, that I have for one more night.
Ok so that is not worth it, so I should just pay more money to the cab driver, right?
He looks about age 45. Apparently this conversation made him very uncomfortable sooooo he let the price stay the same and wanted to know if he could take me to the airport when it was time to go. LOL.
Aways get the price upfront. Don't forget….. ALWAYS!
Only to transfer to a truck and go another 3 hours up and over another mountain to get to Jacmel.
The last 3 hours headed to Jacmel there were a lot of peacekeeping soldiers from the United Nations.
Along the way on the side of the road they were selling food and water. I call it water in a bag.
YUP! It’s going to be a chill day for me tomorrow. I just want to sleep in, eat, beach, dip in the ocean, take a nap and chill all day. MAYBE, catch up on some work. Maybe.
I have decided to extend my trip from 10 days to 30 days and now 60 days.