Departing Port-au-Prince

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So the Haiti chapter of my life and career has reached a conclusion, two weeks ago in fact on the day I flew out and had a small farewell gathering with my colleagues in the coordination office — cake to thank them for all their hard and continuing work, also to sweeten my own sense of parting. Indeed it’s bittersweet to leave an assignment where I worked with such great people on ambitions which feel productive and purposeful. That said – it’s also nice then to have some down time with family and friends, and a chance to gain a bit of perspective after what were certainly 23 full and busy months!

These are the last of my photos from Haiti: colleagues and friends at that farewell gathering; some kids and their parents (teachers?) at a neighborhood daytime pre-carnaval parade in early February (eek! time flies!), some of my favorite views and panoramas from PaP. Plus a little gallery of the flowers I focused on in these recent months, when events in the world and my work life sometimes got just a bit too heavy. In the end it’s all good – I trust we’ll manage to remain optimistic and  hope for a bit more peace and friendship in this fractured world, eh? Over and out, for now…

Also, if you’re interested and understand some French, here are links to two interviews I did on the radio, in Canada just after departing PaP. To hear my part of the first link, click ahead to 8:19 in the program which starts at 6:00.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/ya_pas_deux_matins_pareils/2015-2016/chronique.asp?idChronique=432504

http://choqfm.ca/chronique/ou-en-est-haiti-aujourd-hui/

3 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, looks like they threw a nice farewell party for you! The cake looks great! Love the flowers, as always. I’m sure it’s bittersweet for you to leave Haiti, but it was great that you were able to make it to the East coast for Mom’s birthday! Have a good debriefing in Amsterdam and safe travels, and thank you so very much for all the wonderful work you did in Haiti. It’s truly impressive!

    April 12, 2017 at 17:59

  2. Diane Rachiele

    Gorgeous photos as always – cheers!

    April 13, 2017 at 01:34

  3. Sarah

    A big thanks for sharing your life with us. Great to be in touch. Best wishes and enjoy your down time xx

    April 14, 2017 at 06:12

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