Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Canaval, Jacmel Style

On Sunday I was invited to drive with some friends to Jacmel for their canaval celebration. Having heard all about how amazing it is I jumped at the opportunity, even though it meant a long, winding drive. 

The road was incredible, and not in a good way! I get carsick very easily and although I managed not to get sick, by the time we arrived I was very shaky. My muscles hurt from gripping the seat, window or armrest the entire way, I thought for sure we would just drop off the side of the mountain a few times.

Once we arrived in town I saw that the ride was totally worth it! We parked on the beach and hired motorcycles to take us on a tour of the city.

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I loved the old architecture of the buildings and the amazing coastline that seemed to be around every corner we turned!

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Returning to the truck, we decided to walk downtown to watch the parade. It was amazing. No exaggeration, the hype was all true. Beautiful colors, amazing creativity, sometimes a bit scary but awe inspiring. The photos that I am sharing with you are all of people in costume, some of them are a bit graphic but I want you to see what I saw. Again, these are all costumes, none of these people are suffering from any type of awful injury. :)

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And, my personal favorite “Haiti Kolera Man” complete with paper-mache vomit.

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Sunday was definitely a highlight of my life in Haiti so far!

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