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All parties agree: today was one of the top three days we’ve had in Haiti. Question: How can you go wrong with carbs, ice cream, mind-blowing views, and Haitian Wal-Mart? Answer: You can’t.

But let’s start with last night…the least interesting of my stories. Insomnia. The church behind the house didn’t finish up until almost 1:00am. The earplugs I wear nightly didn’t drown out all that much of the noise. I’ve decided you know you can’t sleep when you starting counting to 100 in all the languages you can: once in English, twice in German, and twice in Creole. When that doesn’t do it, you just give up and lie there wishing the heat away. (I also learned from Regina today that my biggest fear should be of cockroaches crawling into my ears at night, but I bet you didn’t want to know that. I, myself, didn’t want to know that. I now know my earplugs do a double service.)

So, today started off on Haitian time, meaning that a scheduled 8:30 am departure turned into 10:45. Our new friend from Haitian Christian Mission, Edwins, picked us (Regina, Liz, and I) up for an adventure. We drove for about 2 hours through Port-au-Prince, Petionville, and into the mountains where the weather was nothing but delightful. It was here we were introduced to the most amazing bakery at a baptist mission. We loaded up on baked good (rolls, cinnamon rolls, brownies, granola cookies…nou saf, I know) and had a pizza lunch gazing at the gorgeous mountainside. See below. I also bought a Haitian Creole cookbook, which I am very excited about. I suppose it might be better if I could cook, but I’ll give it my best shot.

From here, we started our drive down the mountain to find the most amazing views I have ever seen. I’m usually the person that shrugs and walks away from the landscapes people line up to take pictures of, so the fact that I’m still ranting over this one should say something. I mean, seriously! Never in a million years could I imagine something so amazing!! We could see what seemed to be the entirety of Haiti: the clusters of towns and tent cities and the fingers of the coastline you only see on a map. It was a little foggy, so I can’t imagine how ballistic I would’ve gone if it had been a clear day. These pictures really don’t do it justice. Our photoshoot was only necessary with such a backdrop just waiting there. The second picture of the three of us is an attempt at Haitian posing. Note the word “attempt.”

The Haitian art along the road was beautiful, so I thought I’d share.

Last stop: Giant. This is what was called the “Haitian Wal-Mart.” I don’t know if I’d call it that, exactly, but it was quite enjoyable with it’s air conditioning and wide array of items available for purchase.

So, after a long day spent enjoying beautiful Haiti, we are all wiped out. That many hours of bumpy roads can do one’s body in, too. I must note that the electricity situation here has been crazy! It seems like it’s on all the time (it’s definitely not, but it seems that way in comparison.) But the mosquito situation has not followed the same pattern and I spend half my time trying to clap them to death or itching their conquests.

That’s the scoop on one hellova day! Great country, great company.
Excuse me a moment while I wish another mosquito into my reach and bring him/her to his/her untimely death.

One response »

  1. Breathtaking pictures, especially the ones of you. Remember, if you can read, you can cook. Looking forward to some Creole food in August! XOXO papasan

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