Typhoid is typical and everyone is an electrician

As I write this I’m laying on my bed and flailing my legs above me as I let the fan bring some air to my body and liberated nether regions. I take in this very full, and very social day in Haiti. My feet are heavy with the heat and humidity.  It’s summer in the…

24 photos for the 24th of March, 2015

I decided to document my day in photos, with a bit of commentary. Just an ordinary-miracle kind of day, here in Fort-Liberté, Haïti. Beautiful sun, shared laughs and plenty of sweetness ;-)   Wake up to blue skies and my room, as seen through the mosquito netting. My first thought is to see my plants….

List do białego na Haiti: 5 różnych sposobów na bycie nazwanym ‘blanc’

Drogi obcokrajowcu w Haiti, ‘Blanc’ może mieć kilka znaczeń. Nie istotne czy mówisz po francusku, kreolsku, bądź w żadnym z wymienionych. Będzie to pierwsze i najważniejsze słowo, definiujące Twój status na wyspie Haiti. Oznacza ono nie tylko biały kolor, ale również białą skórę. Może oznaczać obcokrajowca; może odnosić się do kogokolwiek kto jest innej rasy…

Tu nie ma miejsca na zasady

Właśnie opuściłam Haiti po 6 miesiącach pobytu w tym kraju. W Cabarete, w Republice Dominikańskiej , dzieliłam się cappuccino z włoskim emigrantem. Pracował przez jakiś czas jako fotograf i odwiedził Haiti już kilka razy z różnych okazji. Piłam wspaniałą kawę, tak wspaniałą jak jego otwarta, spokojna energia uwalniająca stres z mojego ciała. W pewnym momencie…

Teeter-totter

I permanently deserted and whole-heartedly committed to Haiti about a dozen times today. With every abandon there was a new joy; with every comfort a new irritation. And so it went, split right along the middle. Before beginning my day I took the time to organize my room and to meditate. And all was right…

Północny wschód na pieszo: Wspinaczka na Fort Capois i szczyt Sarazin

Słuchając historii o Péralte oraz historii walki o Haitańską niepodległość, ruszyliśmy ponownie szlakiem, pozostawiając jego północną górską bazę oraz miejsce jego zgonu. Nasza podróż powrotna przebiegła bez specjalnych atrakcji może poza przystankiem na pyszne pomarańcze otrzymane od pobliskiego rolnika. Świetna i bardzo przydatna przekąska!

The North-East on foot : Hiking Fort Capois & the peak of Sarazin

In the aura of early morning mists. There are plenty of photos available on Flickr ! 1. Fort Capois. 05.12.2014 We leave Sainte-Suzanne at 6:30, pick up our guide and a cup of hot, freshly roasted peanuts that we munch on our way to Fort Capois – the same peak that the legendary Charlemagne Péralte…

Startups4Charity: services modernes offerts gratuitement aux ONG

Un jour un group de jeunes polonais à Varsovie se sont posé une question importante : “Qu’est-ce que les Startups font pour participer au développement ? Est-ce qu’elles pourraient collaborer avec les ONG ?”.  C’est ainsi qu’est né le projet de Startups4Charity.  Entre autres, on peut y trouver des services gratuits (ou à prix très…

Some more Haiti after the fact – connections in Calgary

In the in-between land of Calgary, after leaving Haiti and before returning to my home country of Poland, I had the opportunity to share about my experiences in the beautiful, island nation that was my home in the Caribbean. Firstly, at Mount Royal University Melanie Rathburn, an associate professor at MRU, and I were able to…

How to celebrate Agriculture Day with a paintbrush (and etching tool)

It was a coincidence (or was it?) that I headed out to Fire Escape (the pottery painting place in Calgary) last Thursday, May 1st. May 1st also happens to be Labour and Agriculture Day in Haiti.  I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to pay my tributes to Kouzen Zaca, the patron Iwa of farmers.  His…

No place for Principles

I have just left Haiti after 6 months there. In Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic, I was sharing a cappuccino this morning with an Italian expat. He had worked for a while as a photographer, and had been to Haiti on several occasions. I was drinking up the delicious coffee as well as his open,…

Involving cellphones and time: an intro to Digicel in Haiti

The American woman sitting next to me in the CaribeTours bus – we are headed to Cap-Haitien from Santiago in the Dominican Republic – smiles at me knowingly and nods “Yup, it’s true, if you thought that Haiti is primitive now, it’s nothing to how it was 5 or 10 years ago”.  My eyes widen…

Biochar…please be my Valentine!

While you may have been getting cosy and lovey-dovey with your romanic interest this past Valentine’s Day…I was getting up close and personal with a hot interest of my own: biochar! That’s right, a few lucky individuals from our IRATAM office headed out of Cap-Haitien to Quartier Morin bright and early Friday morning to learn…

OK Okap, let’s hear it for the Rumba…

Two full weeks in the city have been as productive as two months in the mountain. I’ve started my freelance work, finished an eBook, wrapped up a report (almost), taken a lot of dance classes, met a lot of new people and applied to a Masters program. In Sainte-Suzanne, the ability to sit still for…