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Monday, June 18, 2007

i arrived back in port au prince on the lorry type tap tap, it was pretty fun ride. The day i'd left happened to be when the tap tap drivers had all gone on strike against the price of petrol. Whilst waiting for the camion to arrive i was approached by a fellow blan who wanted to know if i was waiting for the bus to port au prince. This guy was an american called peter here on holiday and had travelled a fair bit along with living in Guyana for two years so we had a lot of conversation to keep us going on the journey. We also bagged the front seats with the driver for a little extra but was worth every penny for the extra space and front window view.

The ride didn't turn out to be so straight forward though, whilst climbing the hills behind jacmel the lorry overheated, everyone in the drivers cab slowly goit out knowing it just needed to cool down and a top up of water. As i got on the roadside i saw the 60 odd haitiens in the back were in a mad panic to get out as they thought the lorry was about to blow up hollywood style, the funniest moment was this woman leaning out of the side screaming for someone to catch her child as the scramble had blocked the exit. i tired to signal with my hands that everythings ok and for her to calm down, but after someone took her child she still jumped out of the window. after the lorry had cooled the driver then had to try and get it started again as he didn't have a working starter motor. he rolled it backwards downhill trying to jump it to no avail. half the group stayed under the trees but me and peter along with the other half decided to walk in the scorching heat after our ride.

we found it stuck off the road as the driver had tried to spin it round, after the 20 strongest guys a couple of tough women pushed it out and onto the road the driver started it as we were off again, by the time we got to port au prince we had to stop two more times.. the first was to cool the enging again, this time the driver thought it would be a good idea to remove the radiator cap whilst it was still hot and under pressure which realeased a vast amount of boiling hot and murky brown water into the patiently waiting passengers in the back. the other was for a flat tyre but nothing strange or funny happened there.

Back at Walls international guesthouse i felt at home with a nice welcome from the staff, my personal favourite was Josie who happily understood my crap creole and turned it into something that felt like a great converstation every morning. There were some great guests aswell, andrea and her adopted daughter who will win many beauty contests back in canada, Tal.. who is the boss of "mba without borders" who should really persue stand up comedy and another backpacker called david who recently travelled Afganistan, Pakistan, Somalia and ethiopia who wanted to add another 'dodgy country' to his list..

I knew i was leaving Haiti soon so wanted to soak up as much off the atmosphere as possible which ment many hot walks in the baking sun. i also vistied the marche de fer a couple of times and felt for the really kind men and women who are waiting for tourists to turn up and buy their wares. Haiti does need tourists to come back, i have been lucky of the timing of my arrival as it has been the safest period for a long time. the gang leaders who had been doing the kidnapping have all been wiped out and the rest realise and appreciate the importance of tourists to go out of their way to help and make you feel safe. Port au prince is so absorbing with so much going on, along with the sun it really takes the energy out of you for a good nights sleep.

i also spent a couple of days up in the mountains of fermathe and kenscoff, the air is crystal clear compared to downtown PAP.. and a little chillier but still more than tee shirt weather. One day i met a sweet girl called josianne in the market of petionville who was telling me tyo watch out for uncoming traffic in a high voice, i told her i wanted to go to fort jacque the next day and did she know of it. the reply was yeah, sure! the next day i met her she really wasn't wearing the attire for trekking and trapsing around a fort. we decided to walk from fermathe uphill to the fort, it's possible and advisable to take the small tap tap up, everytime someone passed us she would ask where the fort was, she obvously hadn't been here before but was a good sport the whole day, i found her heels digging into the mud hilarious but she had a great sense of humour too asand laughed with me. When i left her that day i said i'd phone her the next day but never found the time to meet up again. i booked the terra bus from petionville to santo domingo which cost 40 usd, plus some 30 usd for border stuff that i didn't ask about, and i was away back to the DR

Bye Bye Ayiti, thank you to every ayitien for having me and making me feel welcome.
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