Yaaaaaassss, can you believe it? I’m going on a #GirlsTrip with some old & new friends to Haiti!
Ever since I started telling friends and family about this trip, a popular and automatic response has been “WHY”?
Devastating earthquakes, extreme poverty, political issues with the Dominican Republic, etc… I know there is more to Haiti than what we see in the headlines and I plan on discovering them.
Here are a few other reasons to help explain my motivation…
- It’s the Caribbean.
- It is Winter.
- I live in Canada.
- I am not scared of what the media wants us to think about Haiti. I want to see, experience and draw my own conclusions.
- I grew up in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), a bilingual (English/French) city where the black community was mostly made up of Haitians. For this reason, visiting Haiti isn’t going to be a completely new experience when it comes to their people. I grew up learning random Creole words due to some of my friends having parents that didn’t speak English very well. Those French immersion classes really did pay off!
- I’m going with a group of girlfriends! There are about half a dozen of us traveling from all across the states (I will be the sole Canadian). The stories we will collect and the photo opps will fall in the millions! 😉
- I’ve never been.
- I LOVE meeting different people and learning about their art & culture(s).
When I return from this trip I also want to have a better understanding of the voodoo religion/tradition and its significance to Haiti. I want to return knowing a few more words & expressions in creole and I want to discover traditional meals that I may be able to whip up back at home in Toronto!
Here is a glimpse of our itinerary (thank you to Martine for setting this up!!!)
• Arrival in Port-au-Prince (Capital)
• Eat at an authentic Haitian restaurant
• Chill the rest of the evening
• Leave at 7am to Jacmel (1hr 45mins south)
Jacmel: City renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and its crafts
• Arrive in Jacmel and meeting with the local guide
• Visit the Hotel Florita: Built in 1888, this is the only house still in use after the earthquake of the 19th century
• Depart to visit Bassin Bleu —NOTE TO SELF… I NEED WATERPROOF CAMERA!
• Back in town for lunch
• City Tour: Visit the old colonial houses, the cathedral, the many workshops of handicraft, shopping
• Return to Port-au-Prince
• Breakfast at hotel
• Haiti National Museum
• Visit an orphanage/Social activity
• Visit an art gallery in Petionville
• Visit Rustik in Furcy, for drinks/hookah/views
• Attend a dinner involving an authentic Haitian family meal for us all
• 10:30 at night, head to a Hotel for live music & dancing by famous Haitian (folklore/voodoo) group.
• 10:00am Brunch at a local restaurant
• 12:00 Head to new hotel located 1hr away, north up the eastern coast.
• Then beach, beach, beach!
• Activities are up for consideration (sunset or island tour)
More Beach, beach, beach!
Leave Haiti 🙁 but head to MIAMI for a few days!
Unfortunately, we won’t be headed to Cap-Haitien to visit the Cidatell but that just means I’ll have to return!
I’m hoping that the girls and I will have so much fun and when I document our trip using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, that you will follow along, ask questions and maybe, just maybe, inspire you to book your next trip to this up & coming destination.
Quick FYI – I’m looking for opportunities to connect with arts based non-profit organizations, so if you are aware of any, please let me know.
Ask yourself what would it take for you to visit a country like Haiti?
Let me know by posting a comment below.