Last night Chris and I did something that I never thought I would be doing in Haiti any time soon…we went camping! Actually we slept in a tent in our friends back yard, but for Haiti, that’s about as close to the real thing as I’d want to get. Wait a second, there was an outhouse and a fire pit that we used for cooking dinner…This morning we woke up and marveled at the modern technological advances in tent manufacturing that have been made compared to what we remember our parents owning “back in the day”. It rained all night and I kept waking up panicking with the thought that there was probably a stream running by us or right under us, but nope, we were dry and cozy. The UN fly over at some point in the night that nearly gave me a heart attack wasn’t so fun. Seriously, do they know what it’s like to wake up out of a dead sleep to what sounds like a chopper landing right on top of you?!?!
We had a great trip out to Gwo Roch to see Nels & Matt and their families. Our guys loaded up the truck the day before with 15 filters and all the sand, gravel, lids and other stuff so that Nels & Matt can get a good start on their prison project. They live in a small Haitian house, divided between their two families (Matt’s wife is Nels’ daughter). They have no electricity, no running water and essentially live just like their Haitian neighbors. It was great to visit with them and to share experiences with each other.
I took both of my cameras yesterday and got some great pictures, but unfortunately can only share about half of them because my digital camera battery is on the fritz and my other camera is a 35 mm old school film that will need to get developed. I thought that I would just post a bunch of pictures so that you could see some of the stuff that I saw and I’ll fill in the blanks where necessary.
Disclaimer: Some photos were taken through a dirty front windshield, so for all of you photographic types, I apologize for the less than perfect quality. If you’ve ever driven with my husband you’ll understand the need to snap it while you can because it won’t be there for very long.
Not really an ambulance…just in case the folding chairs didn’t give it away. Actually, I shouldn’t speak so soon – maybe when he’s not packing chairs the vehicle could be available for the odd hospital run.
I always thought that the rest of the country looked like our area (when I say area I mean from Port au Prince to St. Marc) with burned off hillsides that have a hard time even growing scrub brush. Not true! After we left Carrfour things were so green. There were miles and miles of sugar cane growing and the mountains had trees. Granted, not as many as they once did, but things were growing and green. The trees that were there were big. It actually reminded me of Jamaica in parts which totally surprised me. It was so much cooler too. It helped that there was rain in the air, but as we got higher up into the mountain areas where there were more growing things the air was fresher and so much nicer. The view from some places was amazing, but unfortunately those pictures are on my other camera.
Chris and I have a trip to Jacmel planned for our anniversary in about a month and I’m so excited to go explore some more of the country. I was reminded this weekend that despite everything that goes on here, Haiti is still yon bel paye.