Beautiful Haitian womam

Faces of Haiti

Haitian smiling school girl
Sunshine girl

My sweet, sweet blog. I cry when I realize how much I’ve neglected you lately. Eeeh.. So!

Beautiful Haitian womam
Another beauty

There were some days without Internet, and other days I’ve been too tired. Fainting into my bed sheets is what I do best here in Haiti, although I wake up many times during a night. It because of the mosquito net tent. That stupid thing I was advised to buy prior to coming here. I even paid a small fortune for it, since it’s impregnated (chemically treated). There are however no more mosquitos here than in Norway during summer, and despite of the stupid net I have several red spots. Never trust your doctor!

Beautiful Haitian woman
while this is a trustworthy face

I’ve been in Haiti for two weeks now, and I’m quite surprised to discover that I love it. I’m asked for money and my phone number several times a day, but that happens quite often in Oslo too. The people are poor (except for those really rich ones, I’ve visited a palace home or two), but they still have smiles to offer. And when dark and light eyes meet and genuine smiles are exchanged, it feels quite wonderful.

Haitian smiles
Haitian smiles

There are a lot of staring to, and the children have this little chant ‘blan, blan, blan’ (foreigner) that they sing when Caroline & I pass by. I can’t really complain about that though. I do my own share of staring, and I take pictures on top of that. Some Haitians don’t want their picture taken, and I respect that, while others love modelling. They line up and wait for turn, and demand to see the photo after. I’ll look into if I can find a printing studio here, to send some pictures to the schools I’ve been visiting. The photos presented in this post were shot while visiting a school built by LWF in a remote mountain area.

Haitian face
Great character

In other words; I’m very much alive and enjoying the adventure!

So forget me not 😉

Smiling Woman in Haiti - Palmes region

Creole 102:

Mwen soti nan Nòvèj – I’m from Norway

Mwen kontan rankontre ou – I’m pleased to meet you

N a wè ou pita – See you later

Orevwa – Goodbye

CREOLE 101 >>

fanm an Ayiti
Until next time!

And if you like faces, I also recommend ‘Faces from different places’ on one of my favourite blogs 😉

26 thoughts on “Faces of Haiti”

  1. missed you so much, just today i was thinking where you were. beautiful pictures and omg the mosquito net. I remember once in tanzania my net wasn’t ok and i was awake the whole night crying :))

  2. Oh boy! Sunshine girl is RIGHT! I love your idea on getting prints to the schools. Wonder how hard it would be to put a donation button together to collect funds? I’d help!

    1. Aaaw, you’re wonderful! Are you thinking of helping me with the prints though? I’ll probably manage that expense 😛 And if not – I’ll PM you with an outstretched digital hand 😉 (otherwise there are many-many organizations working here who’d love a donation)

  3. Hey Best Friend! It’s good to hear more that you’re having a good time! I you get a chance, send me an email and tell me a story! I want to know more! I love the portraits! (The second one especially. The group of folks in the background give it really nice atmosphere as well as making it feel more conversational than portrait)

    I hope you continue having a most excellent adventure!

  4. I am so thrilled to see your beautiful photos. Thanks for taking time to post. I hope you get used to your mosquito net. I actually like them 🙂

  5. Welcome back!!! great to see your post after a long time! As usual, your photographs are fabulous( no.1 and no. 3 are my favorites, the lady in no.3 is really trying hard not to laugh, it seems 🙂 ). But, even more interesting is your insightful observation about life there… But, where on earth do you get chemically treated mosquito nets??? And, I thought i knew everything there is to know about mosquitoes nets 😀
    And, thanks sooo much for sharing my post…realllllly appreciate it 🙂 🙂

  6. Im so glad to hear your doing well and that Haiti is taking good care of you. Do be careful with the bugs though, nasty stuff
    if they get infected. Baking soda and water to make a paste or clean mud on each spot let it dry and youll be just fine and they will heal up nicely with no scar. Funny, they ask for your number? LOL.. well I guess i would too. 😉

    Pran swen tet ou.

    1. Hehe 🙂 I think most people here ask for practical reason, like: maybe I’ll want to hire someone for something in the future.. Because I’ve also been asked for jobs… Nad thatnk you for the advise 😀

  7. Fantastic! Great shots and such a “feelable” story! Sorry for the net tent :/. Hate those things by the way…
    I’m glad you’re having such great time & no worry, we remember about you weather you blog or not!

    N a wè ou pita! 😉

  8. these portraits are great.. story telling.. they reminded to to try and seek out a friend who went down long ago for disaster relief and wound up staying. he actually helped start a performance theater, Ill try and find out where they are located, in case you are in the same areas… maybe watch some of the locals perform.

  9. Lovely portraits. Ksenia. Until next time is a piece of work!
    Though I laughed reading about the mosquitoes troubling you 😉 but believe me, I’m so proud of you 😀

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