To Haiti and Back: Toto, We’re Not in Redding Anymore

By Adam Mankoski July 12, 2010

Clearly, a fairy godmother has been watching over the “North State for Haiti” team since we left Redding on Tuesday. We survived an outbound flight debacle, an unexpected overnight in Florida and a one-way flight to Cap Haitien, turned multiple-layover aerial exploit. Our fairy, Ghislaine Pierre, finally appeared to us as we boarded our Haiti-bound plane.

Ghislaine, a cook for the American Red Cross and owner of Salon de Elegance in Petion-Ville, took pity on eight weary, sweat-saturated Americans. She imparted some practical advice about a visit to her country and saw us safely on our way to the connecting airline before extending an open-ended overture of assistance. She was our ambassador to a completely foreign land, and our unexpected layover stop, Port-au-Prince, was the gateway.

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