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Trip to Haiti 1

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Wow, what an incredible experience! So much happened and I learned so much! I am going to try and record my experiences.

When we arrived at the airport in Port-au-Prince, we were 1 1/2 hours late. We got through customs fine and then we entered the shock of our lives! A crowded room full of people speaking mostly Creole and pushing and shoving to get their luggage. 4 hours later we finally got our luggage, and with help were able to get our 4 large bags and 2 smaller ones out to our ride. Thankfully she was still there as she had heard about the chaos inside. We found out then that there had been 5 planes land at the same time and it was one of the busiest days at the airport.

This is a picture that Karen took (the lady in charge of Coram Deo) of the traffic trying to get to the airport.

Here are some pics of where we stayed:




Here is a pic of one of the classrooms- outside:


This is a pic of the teachers that we worked with:


This is a pic of our wonderful interpreters and my husband:



The streets are crazy to drive on - they are very bumpy (broken pavement, pot holes etc) with debris everywhere still from the earthquake, and people don't really seem to follow any driving rules :)

Their public transport system are called tap-taps. Here is a pic:

They are usually very colorful- works of art themselves- and the people crowd on to them.


Everyone that we met was so wonderful and so grateful to have us there! I would go back in a second! NO one cared what I looked like. Oh and I LOST 6lbs!!
Anyway, that is all I will post for now. More to come later!
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  • BIGBADMOMMABEAR
    I was thinking about you and wondering when you are back :). I can't wait to here more about the trip!

    Glad you are back!
    3490 days ago
  • HONBAD
    Yay! I've been really looking forward to hearing about your trip! It looks like it was a fantastic experience. And a 6 lb weight loss is a sensational cherry on top!!

    Great photos! So glad you enjoyed it!! I can't even imagine the culture shock!

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    3490 days ago
  • no profile photo CD350167
    How exciting for you! I'm so glad it went well and you enjoyed yourself. Congratulations on the 6 lb loss as well!
    3490 days ago
  • ROSBERRY
    LOL we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast with a banana, peanut butter sandwich for lunch and then rotation between enriched rice and chicken, spaghetti and tomato sauce, and a version of KD and chicken for supper. Christmas eve we got to try some Haitian cooking and it was awesome! Chicken legs slow cooked with herbs I was not familiar with, rice and beans, fried bananas and pate (which is a dough with chicken, onion etc filling and deep fried YUM!!). But it didn't matter that we didn't have much to eat as it was so hot we weren't hungry. Karen, our host, said she likes to feed guests Canadian/American food so that they don't get sick.
    3490 days ago
  • LIVINGTHELIFE78
    That would be a culture shock!!! What a great thing to experience that not many can say they have done. And 6 lbs???? Well holy heck that's just another fantastic bonus!
    3490 days ago
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