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Published: December 12th 2006
Sunday December 10th 2006
We spent a great day in Montrouis, during which we had a great day sail with our friends aboard followed by an incredible Creole feast that was prepared for us. Afterward we were driven to Port au Prince which is about 75 kilometers away. We needed to go to Port au Prince to do our Immigration and customs declarations, since we were not able to do them in Saint Nicolas. Not to our surprise, as the officials are not use too seeing pleasure boat cruisers here, which resulted in the paperwork needing to be processed could not be done. We will have to return in the morning.
We stayed over night at Yanick & Leon’s home here in Pelerin, just outside of Port au Prince.
Today (Monday) we drove around and visited Port au Prince with an armed bodyguard (seen in one of our pictures). This was a very different experience for us as we are not used to having to be protected to simply go for a drive. Not the best feeling as you can imagine, but much better that not going out at all, or worse yet, with no protection. As you
Port au Prince
Downtown Port au Prince
drive thought-out Port au Prince, you can see why all the media attention is taking place. You see UN (United Nations) soldiers in armored tanks and jeeps everywhere. Their presence is meant to represent an added security to the city. What a difference with the outer distant villages, so much over population in one city, a city designed for five hundred thousand people, but now populated by well over two million. It is shocking for us to see all the people here, everywhere you look there are people selling something or just standing around. Wall to wall people!!! Not much place to move around, much less drive a car!! It takes “special talent” to drive around here. All major arteries are single lane and most side streets are merely rocky roads to “climb”. The terrain is extremely harsh here…. Good business for tire salesmen!! You ABSOLUTELY need a 4 wheel drive SUV type to get around here. I don’t think Annie’s poor little Saturn would kick much dust here….
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