The Les Cayes area proves to be yet another unique region of Haiti that speaks so much to the diversity in this country. My trip was full of local cuisine, Prestige, great conversation with new friends, and a wonderful selection of beautiful beaches.
Les Cayes is about a six hour drive from Cange--a drive we made in Pere Milor's red Chevy pick-up. Along the way, the road passes along a section of the southern "inner" coast before crossing the southern peninsula to the "outer" coast.
I stayed with Pere Milor's cousin, Ronald, and his family in a house just down the street from where Milor's parents and various other relatives live. It's a beautiful street with houses that have well-groomed front yards full of flowers and various edible plants and trees.
Friday morning, I visited Ronald's school, College Saint-Paul de Torbeck. He is the director of this secondary school located on the same street as all of the family. It's a secondary school only, and I enjoyed visiting the each classroom and engaging in fun conversation with the students. Students were studying calculus, chemistry, Spanish, English, biology and physics.
Ronald is looking for more financial support for his school to pay the teachers and improve the school building. School fees from parents are not enough to provide sufficient salaries for professors and cover other operational and maintenance expenses.
Friday afternoon, we traveled to Port Salut, about 45 minutes west of Torbeck. It's a breathtaking white sand beach with a nice selection of beach front restaurants and ample seating under shady trees. The tall mountains of the southern peninsula provide a dramatic backdrop down the shoreline. Terrific place for a plate of lambi creole (conch) and a cold Prestige or two.
|Home of the first ever Haitian cardinal of the Catholic Church, Mgr. Chibly Langlois|
Also of note on the trip back Sunday was a hilarious radio news show that airs 2-4pm every Sunday. Two people review local political news from the past week by engaging in informative, good-humored discussion. Topics covered this week included efforts to enact a tourist tax on visitors to Haiti, programs to encourage small business growth, and details about the partnership between Haiti and Taiwan.
A big thanks to Pere Milor, Ronald and his family, Saint Sauveur parish and Pere Colbert for a wonderful time in Les Cayes. A la pwochen.