This. Is. Haiti.

We have been here for almost 9 months now, and we just extended for an additional 5, so we will be here until March 2020. Despite the security problems in Port-at-Prince which brings restrictions for USG staff and their families, the high cost and unavailability of many foods, and my lack of employment, we are in a really great place. We have done some traveling in country, H has gone on 2 awesome site visits, to the far west and far north of the country, and we have been to the DR twice. Haiti is a beautiful country and Haitians are wonderful, kind, resilient people.

Hotel Olofsson in Port-au-Prince. It is a good example of gothic “gingerbread” style buildings that you can find in some places throughout Haiti. It was built in the late 19th century, survived the 2010 earthquake intact, and features prominently in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. The bar supposedly makes a mean rhum punch, but they were out on the day we went.
FC Toro soccer field/stadium in Port-au-Prince, across the street from the Dominican Republic consulate. Note the homes on the hillside behind the field.
Another look at the stadium and homes behind.
The hillside neighborhood of Juvenat in Port-au-Prince near Petionville, taken from Karibe Hotel’s awesome Asú Rooftop LoungeThe Guardian recently ran a story capturing images of the best known such neighborhood, Jalousie

 

Off-roading in Port-au-Prince, between the neighborhoods of Tabarre and Vivy Michelle.
Seen on the road between the neighborhoods of Tabarre and Vivy Michelle. Construction crews often offload their materials right on the side of the road (or in it). This big pile remained uncovered through a rainstorm and all of the dirt (and probably some concrete) washed into the road, creating an onerous, permanent speed bump.
Driving around in Port-au-Prince and exploring a bit between the neighborhoods of Tabarre and Vivy Michelle. An SUV is highly recommended here. The clearance is required for the high speed bumps, deep potholes, and sometimes driving onto sidewalks.
Blvd. 15 Octobre in the Tabarre neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. I have been told that this wide, main street was unpaved until about a year ago. It is always full of large trucks hauling construction materials, water tanker trucks, tap-taps, buses, and private vehicles.
A large UN compound is located on the corner of Blvd. 15 Octobre. They made a wall of shipping containers.
Driving around in Port-au-Prince, heading north back to the city from the neighborhood of Petionville, located just south of the city. Technically Petionville is a separate city but Port-au-Prince’s sprawl has joined the two cities as one.
Driving in Port-au-Prince in the Tabarre neighborhood on Blvd. de Octobre behind a full tap-tap. The city of Kenscoff is behind those mountains in the distance.
Seen between Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. A well-known Haitian proverb is “Deye mon, gen mon”: “beyond mountains, there are more mountains”. Many of Haiti’s mountains are terraced into plots by subsistence farmers. The highest point in Haiti, Pic la Selle, is 8,793 feet high!
Sky above Port-au-Prince
View from a room at Satama Hotel in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti
Beach in Cap Haitien
Boats in the water near Cap Haitien
Mosaic boardwalk in Jacmel
Floating around near Île des Acardins, about 2 hours NE of Port-au-Prince.

 

 

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