Haiti update 2

There are far too many experiences for me to capture, and it would be unfair and inaccurate to try and rank them, so I will share some that are top of mind. I will do my best to capture more in the coming days and weeks.

We walked today down to a tiny coastal village several miles from the outskirts of town. there were probably no more that 20 dwellings and fewer than 100 residents, all of whom seem to subsist on fishing snails, crabs, etc. When we first got to the beach (really just a rocky ledge leading into the ocean), I saw a huge conch shell. When I was a kid, we spent summers on the beach and finding a conch shell of this size was exceedingly rare. So I was about to share my good fortune with the group when we stumbled on a second, a third, and a fourth, which then caused me to lift my eyes from scanning the sand to discover huge mounds of conch shells discarded into what seemed to be refuse piles.

It occurred to me that something with such special meaning in one culture is just junk in another.

More to come


2 Responses to “Haiti update 2”

  1. 1 JDobs March 1, 2010 at 00:14

    excellent point

  2. 2 Darvin April 17, 2011 at 06:49

    Great thnkniig! That really breaks the mold!

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