On my recent trip to Haiti I explored the country not for work, but for enjoyment, and it was one of the most incredible travel experiences ever. Haiti is a country that seems to never sleep, with the larger cities bursting at the seams with people. And Haitian people are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and are always on the move. But, at the same time, like a weird paradox, they also have this innate ability to slow down and enjoy the small things in life — this is Haitian time. You’ll see that no matter what time of the day, they can go from rushing around the city for work, to chilling in large groups conversing and enjoying the company. Coming from the states where everything is on time, it took a bit of getting used to when things would take forever to come, but my Haitian friend would always tell me, “Just relax, it’ll come don’t worry. We are on Haitian time and that means you need to just chill“. And the more I accepted that, the more I sunk into that parallel dimension of time, and the more it didn’t bother me that a beer might take an hour to come. It taught me to stop worrying about time and start enjoying the moment, and things will come when they will.

So here is some footage from my trip exploring Haiti on Haitian time — from the traffic of Port Au Prince where people still gather every day just to talk, to the countryside of Furcy, to the waterfalls of Bassin Bleu, and sacred site of Saut-d’Eau. And it is all shown in 240fps and shot entirely on my iPhone 6.

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10 Comments

  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel March 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I like that you physically slowed the film to reflect the slower passage of time in Haiti – very cool! I especially liked the slo-mo scene of the guy on the motorbike looking behind him. Great job!

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    1. Ryan - Site Author March 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Ahhh, I’m happy you enjoyed the concept Mary! I was shooting in Slow-mo a lot with this idea exactly, but I didn’t know how it would turn out. Happy you like it! And yeah, that guy was great. I called him “The Terminator” haha.

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  2. Zascha March 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve only just discovered your blog (through Twitter), and I love it (have made sure to bookmark it!).
    Loved the video, although the jumping from the cliff part made me cover my eyes! I get scared just from watching it, haha 😀

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    1. Ryan - Site Author March 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Zascha, thank you so much for your comment and compliment, happy you like it! And yes, all of the cliff jumping still shocks me…even though I was one who did it!

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  3. Tania June 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love your blog. I wish I can travel to the places you’ve been to. I love the fact that you love Haiti. I was born and raised there and I think it’s one of the best place in the world. I wish more people would go visit. It truly is a wonderful place.

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  4. Melissa - The Mellyboo Project August 31, 2015 at 11:28 am

    WOW! Ryan this is incredible and definitely made me want to travel to Haiti 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Ryan - Site Author September 10, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Awesome Melly, you should visit Haiti! Incredible country needing the tourism!

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  5. William Gilles October 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Very cool realization. I especially enjoyed the slow motion. I wish people would use their own perspective about traveling to Haiti instead of using what everyone else has to say about. Indeed Haiti is a beautiful, safe, and welcoming country and everyone has the right to visit, explore and learn of her incredible history and fascinating culture.

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  6. Vicki October 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Ryan! Loved the video. What program did you edit the footage in?

    P.S. Great running into you in Croatia. I’m sure we’ll run into each other again in a different country!

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    1. Ryan - Site Author November 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you, happy you dig the video Vicki! I edited it in iMovie actually and shot most on my phone. And always awesome to see you, was wild to in Croatia!

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