Haiti – Through The Eyes Of Children

 It is January and this marks another anniversary of the horrible earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.  Each year in early January we gain another opportunity to poke a stick in the cages of the powerful forces that control life in Haiti.  The entrenched business class (they come in all colors in Haiti) has never […]

Ile-a-Vache – Parting Shots

Morning Dock

Exploring Ile-a-Vache was an inspiring way to take out the old year. The Ocean Trader crew made a handful of new friends on this small tropic isle in Haiti. We enjoyed fancy dinners at various resorts and mingled with the international holidaymakers, but we also embraced the opportunity to cook and eat with genuinely friendly […]

The Boats Of Caye Coq

Caye Coq Crew

The Haitian Bois Fouille (bwa fouye) sailing craft is hand-hewn with framed timbers harvested from local trees.  In years past critical elements of the framing would be made out of lignum vitae and other hard woods, but today the choices have been reduced considerably.  The caulking is sourced from places and materials you would never […]

The Houses Of Ile-a-Vache

Ile-a-Vache House 4

We had camera gear, water, trail mix and the vernal goal of walking several trails across Ile-a-Vache, but on this particular day we only wanted to conquer three trails.  The ultimate goal was to photograph the neat Haitian houses of Ile-a-Vache.  We marched up the mountain at a chelonian pace following the Odakacheman Trail.  The […]

Ocean Trader – Ile-a-Vache


The atmospherics on Ile-a-Vache are pristine.  You will not encounter the dust and diesel exhaust pollution that is commonplace in Port-au-Prince.  On a normal day views to the North, or in any direction will be spectacular and clear.  Haiti still retains its tropical beauty outside of the populated areas.  There are endless countryside, pastoral and […]

Port Morgan, Ile-a-Vache

18° 06’63” N Latitude and 73° 41’78” W Longitude.  This unique Resort features ample acreage for walking, hiking, swimming and relaxing.   It is an ecologically beautiful place with many varieties of plants, flowers, birds and terrain.  The Resort staff and local population are the friendliest people you are likely to interact with throughout the entire […]

bouyon blan ak poul pa Madam Antoine

  Madam ANTOINE se yon madanm ayisyen lap viv  nan kay ak maril, 3 pitit gason,ak 1 pitit pitit fi  li, lakay madanm sa  ou jwenn lajwa,lanmou,afeksyon,lew rive kay mandanm sa pagen pa manje,min manje yo pi renmin se bouyon blan ak poul paske li pa pran anpil tan poul kwuit.       bouyon blan ak […]

Foundation Francoise Canez Auguste


Surely one of the nicest places to meet for lunch or dinner in Port-au-Prince must be the Parc Historique de la Canne a Sucre.  The Francoise Canez Auguste Fondation must be very proud of what they have created.  The Fondation should be congratulated for preserving a unique segment of Haitian colonial history, and cultuarl artifacts. […]

jou lapli tap tonbe – Rainy Day

Magic Bus

Today Port-au-Prince was as busy as any other day. We had less sunshine and the kind of rain that only the Bananas would love. Generally speaking, rain is an inconvenience to the Haitian people. We do plenty of walking and sometimes the surfaces that we must traverse are very basic. If it rains with any […]