100 Things: Haiti

HaitiMy cruise with Royal Caribbean allowed me to mark off a whole three things off my 100 Things list. Good progress for this year as we’re still only in March.

No.49 on my list is to visit 25 countries during my lifetime. Cruises are a great way to see a few countries in one trip, even on our short cruise we took in three countries. Our first stop was to beautiful Haiti.

Haiti shares the western part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The people are friendly with a positive attitude to life, despite the natural disasters and political violence.

Royal Caribbean own the area of Labadee where they employ up to 1000 of the islanders. As a company they’ve also done much to support the country however they like to keep their efforts low key in terms of publicity.

I will never forget my first experience of the Caribbean. Our ship sailed up to Haiti as I sat having breakfast on my balcony. It reminded me a bit of Jurassic Park, lush green and mountainous. It took my breath away.

We were lucky to be whisked away on a speed boat to the private island of Malfini for the morning. We drank rum punch and bathed in the warm blue sea. Back at Labadee we feasted on barbecued meats, coleslaw and fresh fruit. I fell asleep on a sun lounger beneath a palm tree. A day spent in paradise.

I loved Haiti. It made me realise, once again, how little I’ve seen of the world and it’s made me want to be more adventurous when choosing holiday destinations in the future.

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