There isn’t much to blog about today. Things just haven’t been all that exciting. Sometimes I feel like there should be all these big, exciting things to share, but the reality is that eventually life here becomes very much like life anywhere else. There are things that just become the norm. Stuff that would have seemed really weird or interesting eventually just becomes background.
Today is the start of Carnival weekend. Our neighbors will all be coming out sometime today. Tuesday and Wednesdays are days off because of the festivities. We’ll be working on Monday, which in retrospect seems a bit silly.
We’ve seen preparations for Carnival happening for the last few weeks. Communities are building stages on the sides of streets where bands will play and people will party. They have big parades and rah rahs where people dance and walk through the streets en-mass. There are costumes. I’ve seen some around St. Marc, mostly for little kids though. In our area the parade floats usually consist of dump trucks or flat bed trucks loaded up with people and spray painted banners. Last year there was a small parade that went by on the road one night. It was people, loud music, and dust. Apparently Jacmel is the place to go if you want to see real Carnival in Haiti. They celebrate the weekend before the rest of the country, which is a bit strange, but this is Haiti.
We don’t have any plans for today which is just fine with me. Camilla is here roasting coffee, Yonese has gone to the market in St. Marc and Chris is fixing a line regulator that goes to our water pump. There were some problems with EDH (Electricite De Haiti) last night and now we don’t have country power. We generally always have country power on the weekends. We know we have power on Friday nights because we hear a big cheer come from the community. It’s kind of odd and funny at the same time. You would never hear that in North America, but if I was living in the dark most of the time I think I would cheer too when the lights went on. We’ve actually been getting power almost everyday in the last two weeks which has been a surprise, and we always have power when there’s some sort of holiday because that’s when the boujwa come out to their beach houses for the weekend.