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Haiti Final Anecdotes and Video

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti– The following is a video of my walk out of Cap-Haitien in the north of Haiti along with a couple stray anecdotes of conversations that did not get published with the rest of the Haiti travelogue entries. I have been trying to publish this video since returning to the Dominican Republic from Haiti [...]

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti– The following is a video of my walk out of Cap-Haitien in the north of Haiti along with a couple stray anecdotes of conversations that did not get published with the rest of the Haiti travelogue entries.

I have been trying to publish this video since returning to the Dominican Republic from Haiti around a month ago, but now, in El Salvador, is the first time that I have had an internet connection strong enough for the uploading of videos to Youtube.

I like to publish videos that show a street view of a place — videos that take as their aim the showing of what it is like to be in a place — though I need to come up with better methods for shooting video while walking. This video is far too shaky. I need to come up with a better strategy for making short, minimally edited, travel videos.

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Spare anecdotes from the Haiti notebook

“Where are you from?” I asked a group of white, blond girls in a hotel in Cap-Haiten, Haiti.

They told me that they were from Portland.

“What are you doing here?” I then asked.

“We were working on a project,” one of the girls answered.

I raised my eyebrows, encouraging her to continue. “A project?”

“We were growing gardens in Lambay, you know, helping the people there.”

The conversation ended there.

After ten years of travel I still have no idea why Americans think that the bulk of the people in the world are so incapable that they need troupes of unskilled white girls imported from Portland, Oregon to grow their gardens for them.

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Haitian student

“You should write about the earthquake,” a Haitian high school student urged as we sat in the back of a public transport pickup truck together, “you should write a book or a magazine article.”

I had told him that I was a writer. He asked me what books I wrote. I told him that I write articles, sometimes for magazines, mostly for myself. I handed him a Vagabondjourney.com business card.

“My mother and father are there [in Port-au-Prince],” he continued, “I tell them that they should come here but they don’t want to leave.”

The student explained how his mother’s home was destroyed in the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, and how he lived with his father in Cap-Haitien. He invited his mother’s family to come and stay with them in northern Haiti, which was not directly impacted by the earthquake, but, with a shrug, said that they would rather stay in the capital and rebuild their home.

“Where are they living?” I asked the student about his mother’s family.

“In te, te,” the student struggled with finding the correct English word.

“In tents?” I helped.

“Yes,” he continued, “they are living in tents, but it is okay for them.”

“Do they have food and water?” I asked.

“Sometimes they have food and sometimes they have water.”

“Is it given to them by NGOs?”

“Yes, a little,” the student continued, “sometimes they fight and sometimes they don’t.”

Additional photos

Haitien boat driver


Haiti bicycle riders


River through Cap Haitien


Wade in Haiti


Haitian fisherman mending net


Haiti village


Haiti boats

Filed under: Caribbean, Haiti

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3411 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • david April 9, 2010, 3:54 am

    Is that guy eyeing your shades, Wade? 😉

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com April 9, 2010, 10:40 am

      It is my impression that he is doing everything he can to not fall off the back of the truck we are riding in. Though he should be eyeing my shades haha.

      Wade

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  • j.u May 31, 2011, 8:36 am

    interesting postings, how did you enjoy your stay in haiti a country where people aren’t advised to visit… how would you rate it

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    • Wade Shepard May 31, 2011, 8:48 am

      Excellent. Truly is great country. The hotels are too expensive though. The save the world sect goes there paying way more than what they should for hotels and it drives the prices up for everyone.

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  • AKatesa August 7, 2012, 11:02 pm

    I appreciate the comment about Haitians not needing Americans to teach them how to make gardens. As a Haitian American who just recently traveled to Haiti (to visit family), I was astonished at how many groups from the U.S. (all in matching t-shirts) were present on the plane ride. I hope those people were not going to Haiti to teach people how to make gardens. Thanks for sharing.

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