Once Upon a New Year

The new year is one of my favorite times of the year. New year always brings about a renewed sense of engagement, with new year’s resolutions, and promises to present our better self. As a Haitian woman, I look forward to our traditional Soup Joumou on New Year’s Day. New Year’s day in Haiti used to be a grand affair, with many parties, midnight mass, illuminated gingerbread houses (called fannal) and family reunions. I always strive to experience the new year as I’ve experienced it in Haiti. Until then, I will keep on traveling and experience the new year one country at a time.


Venice is slowly falling victim of the effects of climate change and is experiencing some of the most devastating tides in a long time. As I watched this city succumbs to floods. I hope Venice will withstand this test of time as it had for centuries.

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with new promises and wishes fulfilled.


“It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone” ~ Erica Jong

All photos by @jenalishopstoo

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