I don’t think my eyes were prepared to take in all the natural beauty of Haiti. Of course I had seen photos of the places I was going to visit beforehand, but being there in person was such an elevated experience.
The media portrays a certain image of “third world” countries, that discounts the riches that they have, which are not measured on an economical scale. The abundant natural beauty of Haiti is never in the top stories that emerge when the country is being referenced in the news. Coming from a “third world” country myself, Albania – I surely do understand how frustrating it can be when the western world paints a certain picture of developing nations. The overall image we have of these places is of turbulence, civil unrest, lack of urban development, poverty and desolation.
What is rarely mentioned, is that despite the short comings of the western ideal for development, countries like Haiti still attract a decent amount of tourists. It is easy to see why – the beaches are less populated than your average Caribbean island destination – for those that do not enjoy crowds (like myself). The natural sights are breath-taking. The people are warm and hospitable and the food is nothing short of amazing.
Although for most of my stay I was in Port au Prince, I did get to venture to the beach as well. Resorts are not my thing when visiting a new country whatsoever, but seeing the beautiful beach at WahooBay on the Cote des Arcadins, was definitely an amazing experience.
Most of the comments that I received after posting photos of Haiti on Instagram, included surprised remarks like, “OMG! I had no idea Haiti was so beautiful!” — I am happy that with a few shots I could paint a minuscule picture of the beauty that lives in Haiti. For this reason, I am glad social media exists, as we can peak into places shown to us by average people – versus a misconstrued image that the media paints for us.
I guess my overall message with this post, is to be curious about places that are not often referenced as a must go to destination. If I have changed a few opinions with my photos, that makes me forever grateful. 🙂
Thank you, Ayiti, for sharing all of your beauty with me. I left feeling so inspired.