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I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before on the forums and some friends on here that I grew up in Haiti. My parents were missionaries for 29 years there. Both my parents are Dutch and I was born in the Netherlands, but only because of some complications my mom had during the pregnancy. So I lived in Haiti for 18 years and once I graduated from High School I moved to the Netherlands for college.

Haiti has been in and out of the news a lot (especially the last 4-5 years). Usually having to do with the Earthquake, disease out breaks, poverty, or corruption problems. Which is all true, Haiti is extremely poor and the government is very corrupt. However, in an effort to show the good sides of Haiti, I wanted to post some pictures. Haiti has beautiful mountains and gorgeous beaches. The people there are very hospitable. People will invite you over for dinner, even though they have barely enough for their own family. The art there resembles African art, which makes sense since many people were brought to Haiti as slaves, by the French. Haiti shares an island with the Dominican republic (Haiti has about 1/3, the D.R. has about 2/3). Haiti was a colony of France until the slaves revolted against their French "owners" and gained independence in 1804.

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Anyways, I just wanted to show a side of Haiti that the news generally doesn't show. Honestly, it is a great place to go on vacation. You just need to have someone there who can show you around.

Edited by ajnl, 05 June 2014 - 12:37 PM.



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yeah, thats the same with most places in the West Indies. its kinda messed up how the media portrays different countries

 

on a side note, i wonder how much natural marijuana is out there in those bushes :P



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yeah, thats the same with most places in the West Indies. its kinda messed up how the media portrays different countries

 

on a side note, i wonder how much natural marijuana is out there in those bushes :P

 

I'm not sure how much is grown in Haiti, however a lot of drugs are moved through Haiti. 



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well, im not talking grown like someone planted them. my ex is jamaican and her family kept telling me about the weed that just grows out in nature like any other wild plant. it'd be nice to go out for a stroll and then come across some bud :D



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Wow those are some cool pics man! We always have to defend Haiti, because at @ RCCL we go there, place is really a gem. It's not nearly as bad as people make it out to be, I don't understand the fear for the place. It's much like any other area in the Caribbean, it's had it's problems but the locals are great. Every Haitian I've spoke to has been so gracious and humble, even though most have so little they are great people.

 

Love the pics again!

 

What made me laugh is the people going out for fishing on their little shanty rafts. Sad and funny at the same time.



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Always wanted to book a trip to the Caribbean. But it's very expensive, those pictures look like heaven on earth!. :o

 

Thanks for sharing aj!



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well, im not talking grown like someone planted them. my ex is jamaican and her family kept telling me about the weed that just grows out in nature like any other wild plant. it'd be nice to go out for a stroll and then come across some bud :D


Oh, I misunderstood you! haha, I honestly didn't seen any while I was in Haiti :P 
 

Wow those are some cool pics man! We always have to defend Haiti, because at @ RCCL we go there, place is really a gem. It's not nearly as bad as people make it out to be, I don't understand the fear for the place. It's much like any other area in the Caribbean, it's had it's problems but the locals are great. Every Haitian I've spoke to has been so gracious and humble, even though most have so little they are great people.
 
Love the pics again!
 
What made me laugh is the people going out for fishing on their little shanty rafts. Sad and funny at the same time.


When were you in Haiti? Did you go on a cruise? 
 

Always wanted to book a trip to the Caribbean. But it's very expensive, those pictures look like heaven on earth!. :o
 
Thanks for sharing aj!


Yeah it is, I hope you get to go sometime. It is worth while.




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