watching, reading, and writing stories

A Whole New World

on August 12, 2013

haiti mountainThanks to my good friend who has an amazing camera, here is a shot from the top of a mountain in Haiti. Although the country is very poor, it is rich in beauty.

Even the language I found very beautiful. I went to a church service where I heard American worship songs, but sung in Creole, and I kind of liked the Creole versions better. They just sounded so… I don’t even know how to describe it. I guess the words seem to rhyme more easily in Creole so it was more pleasant to the ear, plus the people singing were so expressive. They sang loudly and with emotion, it was a powerful experience and one I won’t forget.

One more thing I want to mention from my adventure. I always hear of “the language barrier” and it is a real thing. There were definitely times I wanted to communicate something and just couldn’t. But there’s also such thing as “the universal language.” A smile is a smile wherever you go, a laugh is a sound of joy in every country. There are things you can communicate without words, and friendships that can be formed despite a meager barrier of language.

I know this post is a bit scattered, but I just got back from my trip and I’m still adjusting to having internet again, and screens, and phones, and all those distractions that were so blessedly absent during my trip. It takes some getting used to, being interrupted constantly.

I’ll try to post again soon.


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