(Recorded in Haiti by Diane – March 25-April 1)
I’m struck by just how friendly people are here – the Haitians – I was very surprised by that. I think we were coming here mostly to do projects like painting and construction, stuff like that, but I like that we’ve been out meeting people, seeing how they live. That’s probably been the most rewarding part. Probably the thing I was dreading the most coming here was just not knowing what we were going to be doing. But that part has been easy to do stuff, easy to get involved, talking to people. I wish the language barrier wasn’t as big, but it’s still been better than I thought.
Food has been excellent. I haven’t had anything I didn’t like.
I like the transportation. I think we’re still getting away easy compared to what they have to do most of the time with the taptaps. More challenging, more scary. It’s still definitely not how we get around in California. I haven’t been afraid, and I probably should be, maybe because I’m not driving. Maybe I’m too trusting of the driver.
I went and bought propane. Dropped off two strangers at the cyber café (laughs). Got ice cream. Went up and saw Jean Claude’s school. Has a lot of promise. The school they have now is really in poor shape. It’s just jury-rigged together . It’s kind of impressive. You can tell the kids study there. You can see handwriting and stuff. Man, our Sunday School rooms back at Memorial are actually pretty good.