Chita

Before I left for Haiti, my boyfriend’s mother, who is from Port-au-Prince, called me to give me a quick lesson in Haitian Creole. “Chita,” she said. “Sit.” “Couche. Lay down.”…

He Says My Beard is Sexy

Being of Portuguese descent, I have more facial hair than I am often comfortable revealing. I often shave my “beard”, “mustache” and “sideburns” to appear more normal in the United…

Braids

Ouch! Venezse pulls the tiny baby hairs close to my head. It feels like she’s ripping them out of my scalp the way she handles them. Pulled tight, tighter, tighter,…

Nails

My step aunt Kristina gave me the best advice that I had been given in a long time. Before leaving for Haiti, she told me to pick out some good…

Matènwa

I didn’t know what it was when we first approached it: some sort of circular autodrome-like structure made of cement walls and a tin, silo-like roof. The walls reach about…

Nan Avyon An

At this point I have been in Haiti for one day. In my experiences in São Tomé, I have found many similarities. Perhaps more similarities than differences in the food,…

Haiti-Bound!

It’s that same feeling again. I am coming to know it well. Hands are warm, moderately sweaty. Heart beats faster –not racing– but swift. No longer am I burdened by…