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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Have you ever felt extremely isolated when initially arriving in the US from Haiti? When I first returned to my US (single occupant) dorm room, after becoming accustomed to sleeping in a Haitian household, I was shocked at how quiet my room was and how alone I felt.

Yes, you’ll be thinking of Haiti and the ones you left behind for some time before life slowly gets back to normal. 

In Haiti, in the morning, you are awaken with so many sounds – people walking the streets, animal noises, people’s voices preparing for the day ahead whether you’re in the capital or lakanpay.  During the day you are surrounded by people.  Neighbors are practically living in your living room.  Most friendly visits are unannounced.  People just drop by.  If you’re a loner, you may be sure someone is watching, studying you, and probably trying to find the best angle to approach you.  The markets, se moun sou moun; the streets too… always busy with pedestrians.  At nighttime, in some parts of the country , lack of air condition and sometimes lack of entertainment produced by electricity forces everyone out on their galeri and patios in spite of the smoke from people burning their trash, but the smoke keep mosquitoes away.  You can tell tales to keep the kids busy, hang with friends and families, gaze at the stars if it’s a clear night (but isn’t it always?), or just enjoy the same sounds that had awaken earlier that morning. That’s what I miss most about Haiti.

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