A week in Haiti: On sports, treasure hunting, and life

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The door of one of the many artisan shops in Port-au-Prince.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The door of one of the many artisan shops in Port-au-Prince. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle December 22, 2015

This article is Part III 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

Sports

When the conference in Port-au-Prince is over, I stay with my godfather near Croix-des-Bouquets, a village that seems to melt into Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

That area is located on a plain, so it’s much hotter than where the conference hotel was located. I got there after dark and my godfather and his wife welcomed me with fresh watermelon juice and dinner.

I spent the next day relaxing, and in the evening, I switched on the television to intermittently watch the soccer game while I read my book.

Soccer is a very popular sport in Haiti. I chose not to watch the game too closely, knowing that I would get invested quickly if I did.

I felt a twinge of regret knowing… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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