The team left yesterday morning. We had a really great time with them. I’ll admit it, we were hesitant about hosting groups again because there were some really challenging times in the past, but it was a great experience for us and I think has given us a chance to see how much has changed around the mission and for us. We’re in a place now where we can keep doing the mission work and host people well. It was encouraging.
As promised, some pics from the last few days…
Q: How many Haitians does it take to get coconuts out of a tree???
A: One – and no ladder.
Chris using the machete to open the coconuts for consumption.
David and Bryce pouring a filter on Friday while the group worked with our staff.
JoDanna and Brett on cement patrol.
On the way home we stopped to get the VW tire that I dropped off to get fixed. Rasta, and his buddies that run the local couatchou repair shop learned very quickly that this white woman was not stupid/naieve/completely clueless when they tried to charge me $20 to fix the tire when I KNOW it’s $15. I very bluntly informed Mr. Rasta (named this because of his dread locks) who I work for, who I work with, and that I know the price of getting a tire fixed. He looked at me and said, “You’re right, it’s $15.” Yes, it is. Good try though.
The group had a lot of fun doing things that we don’t even think about, like climbing trees, playing on the beach, hunting for shells, chasing lizards…you know – the really fun stuff. We put them to work on Friday morning in the yard with our staff where they learned how to build and unmold filters, sift sand and wash it. They LOVED all of it. It was hard to get them to leave. Apparently we’re stellar hosts and my cooking abilities are off the chart. Yes, my ego was boosted repeatedly while they were here. It was fun to have more mouths to feed :) In all seriousness, we would love to host people from the organization again and are already making plans with Bryce for future visits.
After Chris left with everyone to drive them back to Carrefour yesterday I crashed for a bit. It was a much needed rest. TARA – I had a cankle and a half! No – not pregnant! I think it was the combo of being on my feet for two days straight and that I got bit on the ankles by some random bug that I react to. I had a similar toe incident back in early June. The cankles have almost diminished though, thankfully.
I got the house cleaned up and back to “normal” and did a slight turn around with things just in time to welcome some friends for the night. Dennis, the guy that bought our boat, has discovered the fun of staying in the dorms. For him it’s like camping and even though we insist that we have a fully equipped kitchen he loves to get out his BBQ and cook outside :) He brought Kevin, his daughter, with him which is cool because we’ve been wanting her to come visit for a while. We always have fun when we stay with them in Port so it’s nice to be able to return the favor.
Yesterday after the boat was all prepped we went out for an afternoon sail while Chris enjoyed some “Chris time” back at the house. We went out into the BIG waves for a while then decided that they were a bit too unpredictable and we needed to take a break so we pulled up to Club Indigo and had a sandwich break, then headed down the coast a bit more to visit David and Judy. We swam, had tea and made some big plans for today.
In about an hour we’ll head over to David & Judy’s for an afternoon of frivolity that will include much croquet, card playing, some dominoes and a big yummy lunch. And probably swimming. Yay!
Our friend Barb arrives tomorrow morning! Woo hoo! I’m excited to see her. It’s been over three months. Things always feel weird when people aren’t around – kind of like pieces are missing. I have to do the accounting tomorrow. I’ve procrastinated long enough! Then it’s going to be a day of getting everything and ourselves ready to go. We’ll be heading into Port on Tuesday afternoon to spend the night with friends which will be fun, and then they’ll get us to the airport on Wednesday morning. We’re so excited to be heading out for holidays. My mom has sleeps counted! I think it’s 5 now until we see them :) And camping – much camping! Whoop!
OH! I can’t believe I almost forgot. Eddy, our lawyer, got our scooters back on Friday after a visit to the Archaie police with all papers in hand where he reminded them that their role was to provide a service to the people, not run a business. And, that not only was their little “storage fee” of $5/day per bike (especially when everything they had asked for was previously presented to them) illegal, but also completely ridiculous. He walked out with all three bikes and nothing paid. When Chris asked him what his fee was for all the time he spent just waiting to talk to the police (they had a very important meeting with the UN for most of the day) he said, “Well, you know, I need one of those filters in my apartment in Port au Prince. ” Um, okay. No problem. This is why we love our lawyer – he gets things done and does it for next to nothing, mostly because he wants to see the legal system working properly here and doesn’t want to be one of those people that tries to take advantage of foreigners.