Greetings beautiful moors around the world. Staying true to who we are we have to embrace the freedom of knowing “Empire Building” is not limited to a specific location. I’ve whitnessed quite a few build in more than one place at a time over time. By maximizing the use of the different resources each place offered, alot of us have already layed the blueprint. Now we just have to allow ourselves to genuinely connect for access and mutual benefits!
Have you ever wanted to time travel??? well guess what, every time your travel to a different time zone, whether it’s a neighboring border or across the world, you do just that. A few years back, the family and i visited family in Haiti.
This was right after the massive earthquake in 2010 there and all the images the media showed for years to follow, was the poverty and destruction. By the time we were visiting, the entire island was being re-built. Port Au Prince is where the main airport is so you had to come into the island by boat or plane. Unfortunately Puerto prince was one of the places hit the hardest and at the time of reconstruction and was known as “tent city”!
Most of the American media outlets always showed those images of Haiti. It was either that or they showed the most impoverished areas of the island. Never in a million years did i imagine Haiti was a s beautiful as it was until i actually traveled the land. Don’t believe what you here about the travel experience. Go see for yourself. The family that hosted us stayed off the ocean front. Most middle class families and up, occupied the mountains and the ocean from of the island.
The average middle class and upper middle class family ran their house off of generators for light and most of the island went without indoor plumbing. There is also no public transit system and instead people use a similar structure like the taxi car system before Uber we had here. While a lot of people who couldn’t afford cars extended travel services via donkey and carriage very similar to the horse and carriage colonial times here in America.
Although there were lots of cars they didn’t really have a full traffic system throughout out the lands. Only in certain or more developed towns did we even see what we know to be as regular traffic lights. At night the islanders navigate with lanterns if don’t have access to generators. While it was like literally stepping back in time for me, over there, this is the norm. This is because once the sun goes down on the island everything goes completely dark in less developed towns.
The laundry is still done with washboards like we did here before washing machines. This is usually the norm for families like the one that hosted us. Upper middle class residents wash their clothes like most of us here in the Americas. All of the food is fresh, not like the processed and prepackaged stuff we get here. It was definitely an eye opening and very humbling experience.
The color complex among blacks or Haitians over there also seems to be an outdated concept for just black Americans apparently. Light skinned blacks are often treated with privilege or better there and the darker Haitians and are often times are limited to the service sector and are less acceptable to socialize among light skinned blacks and or others they work for. It was a weird kind of cast system that reminded be a lot of the color complex issues black Americans dealt with here after slavery, the civil rights movement and even still now.
Anyway, again, i never expected the island to be as beautiful as it was. Right above and below you will see pictures of the host families properties. Lots of them work here in America, send the money back home to develop their lands and create opportunities for fellow Haitians by hiring them to maintain and develop the properties.
Talk about “Empire Building”. For the first time and up close and personal we see that this concept was literally the standard. Everyone in Haiti makes their living off of a skill or talent of some sort. They don’t exactly have a welfare system so there is no room or time to wait for opportunities.
You will also see a few of the different towns and market places we visited. Interesting thing i learned about the people of Haiti, everyone is an entrepreneur! Finally you will see us embracing the families support staff when the host weren’t watching of course. This was after we learned the rules of social engagement of there. We also have some images of us having a good time enjoying the ocean front.
I would encourage all to travel and really experience the people and the lands. One thing i learned from this visit is if you don’t have a host that knows what precautions it takes to host Americans, thanks to our media’s selective exposure of other nations, our perceptions of each other are all off and unfortunately, can be a threat or target to foreigners by default. My life has never been the same since traveling back to the future in America. I spent a total of 2 weeks there. Although i loved the experience, i honestly couldn’t wait to step foot back on familiar lands where i recognized the food i ate. Traveling abroad definitely taught me how to navigate the states a lot better.
Finally, the one thing i want to leave you all with is the opportunity to learn about the global economy. One of the main things i took away from my experience during this trip, was the insane exchange rate. The American dollar is worth like 500 there. This makes it dangerous for those who don’t know any better. Your money can actually go a long way if you know where to spend it. As always, i hope you all enjoyed today’s read.
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