I never thought that i would be going on a trip to haiti but when my friend Illean bought up the opportunity to go for her weekend birthday with a bunch of girls i jumped all over it. A girls trip was what i needed. I hadn’t been out of the country in years or on a real vacation on a beach in 5 years. I know, it’s sad, so i needed this vacation. I was asked to invite others but whenever i said Haiti everyone looked at me like i was upside down. Why Haiti?
I even asked myself why Haiti. It’s not really the most talked about vacation spots in the world but i thought it would be a great opportunity to experience a different country, meet new people, eat great food, tan on the beach and surround my myself with the ocean.
So I left on a Thursday evening and returned home Monday evening. I was a short well worth trip where I was surprised to a few things about myself that I never realized before, all in a different country.
The people you travel with can make or break your trip experience if you let it. When I was invited by Illean to go to Haiti she was the only person I knew . The remaining 4 girls were here friends and I did not know them. One of the girls I bumped heads with a few times but I was proud that i didn’t allow it to ruin my trip. The old Caroline would have definitely cried about it as opposed to taking from it that I am soooo sensitive but at the same time resistant.
I don’t like alot of sarcasm from people . It makes me look at the person as if they are deep down hurt and they taking things out on me. I take things very personal but found that although i am sensitive when I feel someone is attacking me I can be a savage and clap back at them (my defensive mechanism).
I feel fortunate and grateful for what i have. I never realized that the people of Haiti were that poor. I would look out the windows of the airport van and see the little girls walking through a street filled with trash while in the school uniform with the ribbons in her hair to match there uniform but also know that there are no jobs once the people finish school. The people honor the simplest thing that we can take for granted such as having to hand wash there own clothes and hanging them along the side of the road to air dry for the new week. By the countryside the people do appear to be happier because they are surrounded by water, nature and miles of open land. The views are beautiful.
This is the best thing about traveling with a group of people or even solo/// you learn about yourself to the point of a better and more aware you.
Have you learned anything about yourself while visiting another country?