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…

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,…

Arrivaderci Sainte-Suzanne

With only 1 day of official residence left in Sainte-Suzanne – the remote village in the mountains of the North-East department that has been my home for the past 4 months – I find my departure to the city of Cap-Haitien (called “Okap” in Creole) bitter sweet. There is much that I will miss from…

30 goats jogging through a Karate film

Last night, we were several hundred in the small square of Sainte-Suzanne watching a Chinese karate movie under the palm trees and stars.¬† Dispersed among the hills and greenery, it feels like only several hundred families live here, in this village in North Eastern Haiti, instead of the documented 25,000 individuals.¬† We gather together in…