Friday, February 21, 2014














Shhh, I finally made it to Haiti!

     I was supposed to fly down to Haiti on February 12 but ice-storm Pax put an end to that plan.  3,000 flights were cancelled, including mine -- which was sort of embarrassing because I had already told the world and his wife that I was going and hated to go back on my word.  So when I suddenly came across another cheap flight to Port au Prince on February 20, I decided not to tell anyone I was going until I was actually really and truly there.  Why jinx a good thing?  Fingers crossed.

     And now I really am actually here!  And just saw Port au Prince up close and personal.  And had goat stew for dinner.  Yes!
 
      Sure, Haiti is a third-world country -- thanks mainly to the United States, Canada and France.  And, sure, there are still people living in tents from the 2010 earthquake, and a lot of our money donated to Haiti has gone toward projects like building a five-star hotel and getting Baby Doc's evil rep whitewashed.  But today when I did a quick windshield survey of Port au Prince, I also saw a lot of school kids in uniforms going hopefully off to school and a lot of market women carrying on.

     And I didn't see as many homeless panhandlers here as I did back in the United States.  But, like I said, Haiti is still a seriously third-world country.

     Last night I slept for a half-hour on a red-eye flight from SFO to JFK. 

     Tonight I'm off to the Hotel Oloffson to hear the RAM band play music based on Haiti's vodou heritage.

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