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Story Time: Taxi Broke Down in Haiti


Have you ever been in a taxi, Uber or Lyft that broke down? Well, this story is kind of like that except in Haiti the most common “taxi” is a motorcycle.

Inviting me to eat or drink is like my kryptonite. So, when my friend asked me to go get drinks of course I said yes. We took a moto about 10 minutes to the restaurant and everything was cool. We drank, talked, laughed and then it was time to head back…

We went outside to get another moto and found one easily. After hopping on back we were on the way up the hill of a main road in Port au Prince. About 3/4 of the way there we stopped and the driver said, “Pa gen gaz” which means “No gas”. Is this a joke?

The thing about motos is you negotiate the price beforehand so now another negotiation had to take place. And another thing, moto drivers and street vendors will always claim not to have change. So, there we were in the middle of the road trying to get home. In the end, the Moro driver did not finesse us for the change, but we did have to walk the rest of the way 😭 You win some and you lose some.

Living abroad is constantly facing different obstacles that you wouldn't even think about in your home country. Fully immersing yourself into a new culture means learning and unlearning so much that you thought you knew. The world goes way beyond the borders of your home country. Go out and explore it!

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