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A Haitian Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

By Eric Hill - http://gowitheric.com
Given the honor of planting one of the 23 tree in memorium to the 23 areas most affected by the earthquake of 2010 with Lu, Paula Coles daughter. Parc de Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Given the honor of planting one of the 23 tree in memorium to the 23 areas most affected by the earthquake of 2010 with Lu, Paula Coles daughter. Parc de Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

It’s been four years since the foundations of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere were rocked by a devastating earthquake. I happened to be there during the anniversary of this event, and took part in some of the observances. The crazy thing to me is that all these years later the effects are still being felt, but even more incredible is the people’s ability to carry on.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Haiti is, geographically speaking, the less blessed side of this shared island, with its fair share of political problems with it’s neighbor, yet the culture is so rich. Truly Caribbean with a French twist, Haiti is a country of interesting linguistics, even musical. Arts abound, the color palette is also exceptional and unique.

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Courtesy of Eric Hill

All that aside, no truly Haitian experience is complete without a taste of the food. Wow. Who would have thought goat went so well with curry? I also heard stories about a mixture of Guinness and milk, didn’t get to try that one, but it certainly sounds interesting… Something for the next time I visit, and visit again I will.

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Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Invited to participate in the voodoo ceremony of the blessing of the gifts just bought. Jean-Baptiste the artist conducted the ceremony Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Invited to participate in the voodoo ceremony of the blessing of the gifts just bought. Jean-Baptiste the artist conducted the ceremony
Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Anyone know what these are called? These giant gourd-like fruits are made into  shakers used in voodoo ceremonies. Parc de Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Anyone know what these are called? These giant gourd-like fruits are made into shakers used in voodoo ceremonies. Parc de Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

Courtesy of Eric Hill

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One Response to “A Haitian Phoenix Rises from the Ashes”

  1. Esther says:

    Hi! Great pictures. Absolutely beautiful. Great representation of other aspects of Haiti. The giant gourd looking fruits are called Calabash. One very innovated expat is currently making purses out of them.