So after an hour and a half delay in Miami their flight was finally in the air. After disembarking in the first bits of dusk, walking past the troubadour band in their Digicel regalia, standing in the customs line for about 10-15 minutes, battling for a luggage cart along with people that only understand the concept of a line until more carts come along – then it’s a free for all, hoping and praying that all of the luggage arrived, going through “customs” where they maybe look at your passport and are generally more interested in your luggage claim tags, and out into the world that is Haiti, only to be accosted by a couple hundred people that would really love to “help” you with your bags (read: walk beside your cart with their hand on your luggage, just in case it falls off!?) Mum and Dad were loaded into the truck. Then there was the two hour drive home in the dark where there were many head shaking moments as some of the country’s finest transport engineers (a.k.a. truck drivers) demonstrated their stellar abilities in regards to using their high beams. Please note: driving in a country that is pitch black because there is no power most of the time is not a good place to flash your high beams when you are 5 feet from the oncoming vehicle.
So, after all that, they arrived here in Pierre Payen at roughly 8 pm. There was hugging and settling and the eating of a yummy dinner (if I do say so myself) with baked potatoes and sour cream which we never have, but decided to splurge on this shopping trip. I always love shopping day because we get things that are exciting, like a new mop and some more seasonings and spices to make yummy food. After dinner we sat and visited and Chris and I opened the bounty. Yes, it was a bounty. 3 of 4 suitcases full of stuff for us or the mission. I was excited about the new laminator (I was tired of taking 5 minutes to laminate each sheet and having to manually push it through), the dish rack (ours was totally falling apart), new knives (um, yeah, those will be hidden before the next class), a few pairs of flip flops, some first aid stuff, trail mix, beef jerky, and CHOCOLATE. Lots of chocolate. One of the biggest bars of chocolate that I’ve ever seen…mmmm. Also some yummy spices and stuff that we can’t get here. Oh yeah, Chris got VW parts. I guess that’s exciting if you’re a boy :) So all in all last night kind of felt like Christmas without being incredibly stuffed, or cold, and there was no Christmas tree.