I first met Soukena earlier in the fall at Fresh water Pop Up Shop, a fundraiser for Haiti. The Haitian beauty was one of the goodwill ambassadors for the event. Paul Beaubrun, lead singer of Zing Experience, introduced us and also remarked that we attended the same school in Haiti. It was surreal to me that I would meet someone at a random club in New York who went to the same school as I did in Haiti. I decided to reach out to her after the event because we didn’t get a chance to chat much. She lives in New York so it was easy to schedule a meetup to talk about Haiti, living in New York, and of course our dreams. You all already know I’m a dreamer, and listening to other people’s dreams is one of my favorite things.
Soukena agreed to meet me in Flatiron for a couple of cocktails. I chose Flatiron because of Madison Square Park and its close proximity to my job in Midtown. Just like every attraction in NYC, it’s absolutely beautiful this time of year. I love the lights, the delightful views of the Empire State building, Flatiron building, and Clock Tower in the near distance. Everywhere you turn, you notice something beautiful, and compared to the other popular parks, it is relatively quiet. In that park, it was easy to be silly, talk, spin, and of course jump.
Despite Soukena’s beautiful face and statuesque figure, she is a very talented woman. She showed me some of her sketches. If you couldn’t already tell, she’s into fashion and styling. I urged her to start a style blog, but I think she may need more convincing. She talked passionately about Haiti. She told me that she goes often, but she’s not going this holiday season. She described how fun it is for her when she goes, and how she loves waking up just to stare out into the open sky. She told me about all of the different places she enjoys going, all of which I’ve added to my list of visits when I return to Haiti. It felt very similar when I spoke to Gessica about our country. It’s almost as if when I ask, both of their eyes change, their voices soften to talk about the many beautiful things they’ve seen and enjoy when they go back.
Soukena and I had such a fun and just naturally good time, we agreed to link up again very soon. You will probably see a lot more of her on this blog (provided our schedules)! Enjoy the silly photos of two crazy Haitian girls in a beautiful NYC park on a cold wintery night.