Before we share about our trip, let's clear the air...
Dear Ugly Commenter,
I guess we need to say that our blog's subtitle "A Haitian Vacation" was meant to be ironic. I mean, we thought it was pretty obvious to anyone who's been reading that this time in Haiti has been slightly less than glamorous- amazing, transformational, meaningful, yes, but not exactly luxurious. Upon further reflection, we feel that the subtitle may now be insensitive in light of the tragedy, so it's removed.
Secondly, you called us "classic vacationaries" with "hollow motives" because we chaperoned the senior trip to north Haiti. Ouch. We were asked by our boss to chaperone this trip, and it was a delightful last-minute assignment. As chaperones, our trip cost was provided by the school. Pretty sweet deal for the chance to invest in 8 seniors who just lived through an earthquake and had their entire lives turned upside-down, since, after all, our students are our primary ministry focus.
Whew. On to happier topics....
The first day of the senior trip we visited the famous Citadelle near Cap Haitien. The Citadelle was built by the first free leader of north Haiti, Emperor Christophe, after the slave uprising that overthrew the French colony to make Haiti the first free black republic. The Citadelle is a giant fort meant to help protect against an attack by Napoleon in case he ever came back.
We have a few more photos from Sans Souci to come tomorrow, including some surviving sculpture, "the Hanging Tree", and the original 19th century toilet. This whole site is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it rivals Stonehenge and Chichen Itza in my opinion. It's incredible, and I'm so grateful we got to visit.