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Dec 22, 2018 - Day 7

My final day in Haiti had finally arrived, and I was a little sad I had to leave as I checked out of the hotel I stayed in part of the time. My last was the Parc National La Visite. I travelled the park for a while, enjoying the view of and from the mountains. Unfortunately, I had to leave soon. I drove to the Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture and boarded a plane to head home. I miss Haiti, but who knows? Maybe I'll go there again someday.

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Dec 21, 2018 - Day 6

After a thirty or so minute drive, I was at today's destinations, the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien. I knew next to nothing about Haiti and its history before today, but this museum covered everything for me. Everything from pre-independence Haiti to now was revealed to me by a translator(I can't read creole). I spent the whole day roaming the exhibits and looking at the artifacts. I'm glad that I went today, as I wouldn't have had enough time if I went tomorrow.

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Dec 20, 2018 - Day 5

Today I visited Croix-des-Bouquets. I once again watched as people went about their business. Soon though, I had to move on. I had a plan for today. Parc Naturel Quisqueya, which was a beautiful sight. I took a pair of binoculars to birdwatch, and I did see a few birds with them. The park was right next to Lac Azuéi, the largest lake in Haiti. I stopped by the lake for a while, enjoying the water and the air before heading back for the day.

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Dec 19, 2018 - Day 4

Today I visited the Global Unity sculpture. It was quite the sight to see, and it was certainly handmade. The three larger than life hands held up a globe which looked like it was copper. The majority of my day today, though, was spent in Pétion-Ville. I wandered the streets, observing the life of the suburb. It was peaceful, being able to just watch as others went about their day. I loved the colors and the view. As the sun started to touch the horizon, I headed back the guest house.

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Dec 18, 2018 - Day 3

Today I woke up and immediately headed for Atis Rezistans, an art museum in which there are pieces of art made with both bone and metal. It was really quite the sight, and certainly nothing I'd ever seen in the U.S. Many of the pieces left a sense of curiosity as to what they all meant. I couldn't stay there forever, though. Next I travelled to the bicentennial monument in Port-au-Price; the Cité de l'Exposition. Haiti hosted an international exhibition in 1949 to celebrate its bicentennial. I wonder what the place looked like in 1949....

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Mar 11, 2017 - Traveling day

March 11th Up around 7:00 and do the last bit of packing to get ready to leave and pack one bag with bags for the next trip. This takes a while so when we go for breakfast there are two pieces of mango and one hard boiled egg… One of the crew hadn’t eaten their second so we had one egg and one piece of mango each. Then we unloaded the school supplies on the kitchen table which gave us a couple extra bags to pack, so back to the room. Already about 90. Lots of running around and confusion then the truck arrived to take the luggage down to...

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Haiti again!

Mar 11, 2016 - Return to Port au Prince

Up fairly early and have a nice breakfast – Jiff peanut butter rather than Mamba – the Haitian variety – tasted rather bland. Bread got a little bit staler every day it seemed. After breakfast we packed up all of our stuff – took down nets and double checked everything. Finally got everyone together and packed the truck full of stuff – nowhere near as much as we brought over but still a bunch. Then most of us walked down to the beach to get on the boat. Once on board several islanders joined us and we had a rather rough time pulling the...

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To the Isle of Cows

Mar 7, 2016 - The road goes ever on and on

Board our flight to Port au Prince with no problems. Takes a while to get through customs but really no issues. On guard tried to get a bit of money from me but I sent him to Adam and things got settled. Met the driver and loaded up the van then headed out through the city. Normal crazy drivers and pedestrians everywhere and very dirty as well – but folks looked healthy. As we headed south out of the city things calmed down a bit – not a lot but a bit. Area next to the sea was almost all filled with private residents or parks. Otherwise...

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To the Isle of Cows

Mar 7, 2015 - Back to Port au Prince

Woke up at about 6:00 and took a walk down by the ocean. Out onto the pier and saw a bunch of fish – including one of the pretty but invasive lion fish. The water is very clear but there is a lot of trash in it. There were several fishing boats – one being rowed pulling up a fishing line that had put out t enight before. Another man in a handmade boat paddled by dropping crab traps with coke bottle floats. a Chatted a bit then off to breakfast – omelets, papaya, oatmeal, and banana. We then (mostly) piled into the van and drove off to the...

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Mar 6, 2015 - At the beach, sort of

Up at 6:00 with the sound of waterfalls again. Everybody was up and ready. Took down the mosquito net and got everything packed and down to breakfast. This morning we had hard boiled eggs and sausage – which were actually chicken hotdogs. Also banana and rip papaya. Not bad. Then off down the hill to the clinic. The first thing we ran into was the guy from yesterday whose wife was psychotic. He had brought her to the clinic (feet tied) and was asking for money to get her to their home town where there was a psychiatric hospital. Maybe. Then...

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Mar 1, 2015 - On the way to Port-au-Prince

We left Atlanta around 11:30 in the middle of a cold drizzle. We finally got above the clouds and then flew down the coast of Florida. We saw Cape Kennedy through the clouds, then a variety of Caribbean islands. The flight wasn't too crowded so was fairy comfortable. Arriving in Port-au-Prince around 3:00 we went through Passport control then in to customs. At customs things got complex. Lots of people offering "help" to carry the bags - and we had a bunch. Of the eleven folks we all had two carry ons and two fifty pounds bags of supplies....

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Jan 9, 2014 - Combi

Wow! Where to begin? When we arrived at the "mango farm" on our first day it was really a mess. I think we all took one look and thought, "Hmm. What have we gotten ourselves into?" Picture a small, fenced in, overgrown, community garden with dried up shoots of okra, squash vines running from end to end, trees growing wherever the seeds happened to fall. Dried up and chaotic. Unfortunately I am unable to upload pictures but will do so when we get home. Today, the little plot of land looks like a professional landscaping team came in and...

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