Another street scene. Very pretty landscape-rolling hills, lush, green. I'm not exactly sure where this was, but it was out of town a bit on the day we went to the ocean.
A street scene. People everywhere. There is no work for them. See the truck? That's called a 'tap-tap' and it's a primary mode of transportation in Haiti. There is a tall cap/cover on the back of the pick up, and people sit back there. It's sort of a Haitian bus. All of the 'tap-taps' are beautifully painted and most have some sort of Bible verse or reference to God. They are really very pretty with vibrant colors and awesome artwork.
See the people milling around everywhere? Some children were being bathed in the rain water puddles as we drove through this area. Again, notice the mountains and palm trees.
The trash, oh my, the trash. This is some sort of canal/water way, and it had more trash in it than water. Being somewhat of a 'hippie' or at least not a litterbug (I think the current term is 'green') this breaks my heart so much to see. In the city, there were a few dumpsters, but the gov't doesn't really seem to keep up on it. And out of the city, there were no dumpsters, and so I am sure, no service whatsoever. There are a lot of trash fires in Haiti-we saw and smelled them burning. I can honestly say I've never seen or smelled anything quite like it.
This is another street scene, outside of the city. It had rained in the last day or so, thus the puddle. The term 'shack' is not quite right to describe the structure that the people are standing under/in front of. It's more like what our kids would consider a 'fort'. Really just some corrugated metal and sticks, tied together for shelter.
Haiti is an amazing country. Colorful, beautiful, poor, devastated, happy, full of praise and love, noisy, full of people, varied......The contrasts are hard to miss as are the blessings and conveniences we take for granted every day. How often have I grumbled or complained about not wanting to go to work? Or about someone taking too long at a four way stop sign? ugh!