Chris and I headed out on Friday afternoon when the work day was done, for Furcy. Furcy is a mountain village up past Kenscoff (if you’ve got a Haiti map handy). We’d been told that it was nothing like the Haiti we know because it’s cool and mountainous, with forests. We thought people were exaggerating. They weren’t. We lived in sweaters and jeans all weekend and it was blissful.
The area around Furcy is much less populated than Pierre Payen and the people are much friendlier than we generally experience here. There are reasons for this I think, but I don’t really feel like going into them.
Saturday morning over coffee we watched our wedding video that Chris still has on his computer. It wasn’t planned, but a nice little walk down memory lane. We went hiking on Saturday and walking on Sunday and it was so nice to not be harassed by people. Saturday, on our way down to Basins Bleu (not the Jacmel Basins) we met a young man that decided he needed to be our guide. We told him we weren’t going to pay him anything, but he decided to walk along with us anyway. On the way back Chris asked him if he was a gardener (everyone up there is) and where his garden was. It was on our way, so he asked if we would like to see it and buy some cucumbers. We decided in favor of fresh, off the vine, veggies and followed him along the trail, past his little wood house (most of the people up there built with wood, not cement like the rest of the country), through his pepper patch where we picked up a dozen of those, and then waited as he ran down the mountain, and up the next to his cucumber field. I forgot to mention that because it’s mountainous there, everyone gardens tier styled, so you see rows and rows of stuff growing all over the place.
The cukes and peppers are delicious, and on our way back down we stopped and got some peaches on the side of the road in Kenscoff. Yes, peaches. This Okanagan girl is happy. They’re actually mini peaches, and they aren’t quite sweet yet, so we’re letting them ripen up before we go crazy. We were also amazed to see the difference in vegetation. We’re used to seeing very tropical plants and trees, but up there it was pine trees and flowers like my mom grows in her garden in Canada.
Furcy is now one of our favorite places in Haiti. It was a really refreshing weekend for us. Friends of ours have a house just down the road from the Lodge where we stayed, and they told us that we should go up and use the place over the summer. We will gladly take them up on their offer :o)
In adoption news…I decided to check up on the bill going through the Canadian parliament that would change the Citizenship Act for adopted children of Canadian citizens. I was shocked to find out that in a period of 22 days the bill finished going through the House of Commons, through the Senate and was given Royal Assent which, for all you Americans, means it’s law! The best news is that it’ll go into effect in no longer than 6 months – the end of this year. This is great news because previously Canadians had to apply to sponsor their adopted children, then apply for permanent residency, and then citizenship. Now adopted children will be granted citizenship based solely on the fact that they are legally adopted by Canadian parents. I’m sure you can imagine the sigh that was let out here because the paperwork and thought of having to stay in Canada for who knows how long to sort things out, or trying to do that while living abroad, was not a welcome one. Yay!