Click here for the detailed version of Week 1 in Haiti.
In case you don’t want to read the novel that I just put up, here’s the highlights version of my first week’s blog:
Traveling was smooth, though I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted to on the flights. The airport was crazy and so are the roads in Port Au Prince but I made it safely.
Shelley’s family is great; the kids crack me up and Corrigan is a great cook. I always spend the evenings with them. I’m having tons of interesting conversations with them and learning a lot about the culture, religion, poverty, government of Haiti.
We went to the beach and stayed in a resort for one night for Shelley and my birthdays. It was beautiful and relaxing.
I’m totally spoiled to have a room and bathroom to myself, cold showers that feel good in the heat, Wi-Fi and electricity that usually work, cold drinking water, a high-tech washer and dryer, ice cream, and a toilet that flushes toilet paper! There's a bunch of bunk beds in my room, one is covered with yarn!
My knitting classes are going really well. I have 8 students split into two groups that come every other day. I have a great translator and everyone has caught on really quickly. Shelley and I brainstormed and I’ve been making samples of the projects I’ll teach them: basic scarves and hats, market bags, (probably going to use recycled t-shirt yarn) baby shoes, shawls, and little brown dolls to market to adoptive parents coming to Haiti.
Haitian food is pretty good; mostly beans and rice and chicken. My favorite was little fried dough thing with chicken in the middle called pate. (Not sure how you spell it, but pronounced pah-tay.) I love the tropical climate and especially the fruit. I’m learning a little bit of Creole. It’s like French but easier I think. (Not that I speak French.)
The people always seem so happy. There’s a pack of street boys that are just adorable. They’re not old enough to work, but they run errands sometimes for food or a little money.
|Shelley found her outside practicing after class.|