Back in PAP
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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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
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
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
Bye Bye Ayiti, thank you to every ayitien for having me and making me feel welcome.