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Haiti: Cap Haïtien streetlife

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Cap Haïtien streetlife | Haiti | Americas

[Visited: July 2007]

Cap Haïtien is a city with a history: it changed name several times: from Cap Français to Cap Henry, to be finally called Cap Haïtien - but many people refer to it as simply le Cap. It is charming as a city for its architecture and its colonial grid system, but large part of its attraction lies in the atmosphere on the streets. The laid back ambience of the central square, where students come for a break, to the backstreets where small business men walk with their business bag, the feel of the city is defined by the locals on the streets.

Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Crossing a street in Cap Haïtien in the late afternoon

Early morning in Cap Haïtien, the empty streets are filled by the first signs of life. Before humidity and sun make it virtually impossible, you can meet quite a few locals running or doing their exercise on the main boulevard; you can also see schoolkids on their way to school, market women walking their wares to the city. More people flock to the streets as the morning continues; street vendors take their place, shops open and attract customers, traffic gets more intensive. The heat quickly increases now, and the shade offered by one side of the streets is used by almost everyone.

Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Woman dressed in pink on a street in Cap Haïtien

The spectacle of people walking past, contrasting with a brightly coloured wall in the background, or the grey of the asphalt of the street, continues all day. Many streets are under reconstruction, many have pools of water on them, reflecting the surrouding street life on their surface. The late afternoon brings beautiful, hazy light to the streets of Cap Haïtien, highlighting people passing in the rays of the disappearing sun. People everywhere talk to each other, start a conversation with the foreign visitor, head to the market to buy something for dinner. The colours of their clothes contrasts with those of the houses. Another day in Cap Haïtien draws to a close.

Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Haitian girl in front of typical house in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Woman in a street in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Closed pharmacy in Cap Haïtien with woman in yellow dress
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): People walking the street in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Woman with basket crossing a street in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Man with hat walking a street with brightly painted houses in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Cyclist and tap-taps are part of chaotic Cap Haïtien traffic
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Pushing a cart through the streets of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Woman crossing a street in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Young guys on a street in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Reflection in a pond of people walking on the pavement in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Busy street life near the market of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien streetlife (Haiti): Playing football on a street in Cap Haïtien

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