A week in Haiti: From nightlife to history

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People partied on the seminary beach in Montrouis during a day off on November 18, for the commemoration of the battle of Vertière, the final battle before Haiti declared its independence. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015

This article is Part II in a series about Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph’s recent trip to Haiti where she visited family and worked as a translator at an international conference aimed at building up the nursing profession in Haiti. She interpreted the presentations in French and Creole to English for the Anglophones, and the English presentations to French for the Francophones.

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph


After an exhausting conference, and steadily becoming antsier from staying in the relative seclusion of the hotel, a few of us decided to go out on the town.

Partying on Sunday night in Port-au-Prince is a challenge. People have to go to work on Monday, so the conference organizer wasn’t sure what we would find.

Apparently, the best night for partying in Haiti is Friday. People go to church on Sunday morning, so staying out late on Saturday night isn’t an option.

The conference organizer’s friend managed… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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