I love receiving postcards from countries that I don’t already have a postcard from. As I’ve been collecting now for a few decades, it’s getting harder and harder to get postcards from these places. (Yes, I could buy postcards from dealers but that has always felt like cheating to me).
I made a list of the countries I have postcards from and the countries I most want (see my Most Wanted post). The Caribbean country of Haiti was #7 on my list. I don’t know anyone who has visited there or lived there, so I knew it would be a challenge to get a postcard from Haiti.
We were recently on a Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean and while on it I was surprised to learn they have another itinerary that stops in Haiti, specifically Labadee. Labadee is Royal Caribbean’s name for their private, fenced-off peninsula on mainland Haiti near the town of Labadie.
Around the time I purchased this postcard below of Haiti on one’s of RCCL’s ships, their other ships had stopped going to Labadee amid Haitians protesting the company. See the recent article Labadee in Limbo – When Will Royal Caribbean Return to Its Private Resort? and another article Time Magazine for insightful overviews on the issue of Haitian government’s desire to open up to tourism but the problems and protests resulting from this.
It may likely be that this will be the only postcard I ever get of Haiti.