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In Jacmel Haiti, Abandoned Coffee Factories Become Vibrant Art Galleries (With Video)

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In Jacmel Haiti, we ventured down a shaded side street and into an avenue of crumbling factories that seemed all abandoned. But behind those rusted red doors was something of a secret discovery. Haiti always has something surprising to show. Part of the surprise is that Haiti hasn’t been a destination on the top of most lists to travel to, so much of what’s to see …

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Haiti Travel Guides

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Welcome to the one and only, über awesome guide to Haiti! Ever wanted to visit the Pearl of the Caribbean, Ayiti? Intrigued as to find out more about what lies beneath in this mis-represented country? Ever wanted to know what the hell to pack, where to go, how to get around, what the food is like, and all of that good stuff? Well dudes and …

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SOS! Stranded on the Caribbean Sea in Haiti.

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“Oh shit, is that bad?” I said, sitting up and eyes wide. It began with a slight pitter patter, which soon turned to a stuttering putter, which became a grinding ‘grrrrrrr’, which led to a finale with a ‘KINK CLUNK’, followed by silence. The propeller had stopped, and we were dead in the water in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. “Nah, we’re all good …

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Weekly Photo: Shady Dealings in a Haitian Marketplace.

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I love marketplaces. I think marketplaces in countries abroad are the true depictions of the country itself and what makes it tick. People put pieces of themselves out on display in hopes that someone will see value in it, from hand-crafted works of art to hand-picked fruits. In the marketplaces people talk about politics, news, family, and life while bartering and exchanging currencies. In a …

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Travel Horror Story: Stumbled into a Haitian Crypt.

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Unearthed skulls, slow burning candles dripping molten wax over the rough stone crypts, echoes through the hallowed corridors of chants in unison which called forth the god Bondyè. Peeking around one of the crypts, my stomach retreated into my ribcage like a scared pup cowering in its doghouse as I saw women and men swaying, shaking, and chanting. A goat, eyes glazed over with fear …

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In Photos: Inspirational Smiles from Haiti

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A smile. It is simple, yet so profound. Filled with a thousand words, meanings, and emotions. So I’ve compiled smiles from Haiti for you, and some inspirational quotes, to inspire a cheesy grin to form on your face. Because I freakin’ love to smile! Smiling…that subtle reaction that happens when the electric neuronal signals tickle the oldest part of your cortex, making your brain giggle …

Weekly Photo: The craziest object I’ve seen transported on a motorbike!

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Hello folks! I’m your host Ryan Brown, and by golly do we have something to show you today! On today’s Just Chuckin’ it! travel gameshow is a contest of sheer resourcefulness as we see who can fit the craziest thing on a motorbike! And the winner is… *cue drumroll” Refrigerator balancing act on a motorbike! During my 10 days through Haiti, I saw some pretty …

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Haiti is Coming, Are You Ready?

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  It has been nearly 4 months since I traveled to what was once The Pearl of the Caribbean to film a documentary, and now I’m going to revisit my trip and tell you all about it. A lot happened on that trip, a lot of which I didn’t expect. There were perspectives shattered. There were heart breaking scenes. There were uplifting moments. And there …

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Haiti in Photos: Don’t Look! You Might Fall in Love.

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Well, it’s too late now. You have crossed the threshold. There is no going back. But who says you’ll want to? After seeing some of these images of Haiti, you may want to rush over to the nearest airport and catch the first flight over to the caribbean. That’s right, I said you’ll want to travel to Haiti. Actually, these photos may make you want …

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Haiti Travel Advice: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover.

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It has now been nearly 2 weeks since I returned from my 10 day trip across Haiti to film a documentary on an amazing sustainable energy project. Now that my intense reverse culture-shock has subsided, I wanted to straighten out a few things about the bad reputation Haiti receives. The moment I stepped off the plane in the capital city of Port Au Prince, Haiti, …

Weekly Photo: Shimmering Boats in Labadee, Nord, Haiti.

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As the sun was retreating beyond the distant mountains, we pulled up to the beach of Labadee, Nord, Haiti. Sunlight danced and shimmered on the water with the silhouettes of boats rocking with the tide. Decorated with bright (though faded) colors and verses from the bible, the rickety and leaky wooden boats await on the shore to scurry passengers of to beaches close-by. Beaches not Labadee. Labadee …

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Update: Home From Haiti (This Contrast May Kill Me)

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Culture-shock is a bitch. Well, it’s now dawned on me that reverse culture-shock is an even BIGGER bitch. My mind buzzes in and out like static on an old television set. I am standing on cold granite surrounded on three sides by polished steel. Staring aimlessly out the thick glass storefront, I fight to keep my eyes from slamming shut. My knees feel weak and my …

Weekly Photo: La Citadelle – This Massive Fortress is in Haiti?!

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You can imagine my surprise when this castle reared its epic face out from the palm trees as I clip-clopped along a cobble road on a scrawny horse. “Holy shit!“ Yes, this was my reaction when I got the first glimpse of La Citadelle. A massive ancient fortification perched atop a mountain overlooking the countryside near the small town of Milot. This sandstone fortress, also …