Day 5 - Kings of the Road
Sak Pase Trin?! This is Ellie, Courtney, and Mark reporting on the events for today.
It’s hard to believe we are more than half way through our trip to Haiti! Today wasn’t as eventful as yesterday, but our day ended with a HUGE surprise. This morning, we were disappointed that we would be driving the school bus to Leveque instead of the “King of the Roads” taptap truck, because we all enjoy the thrill of riding in the taptap truck. Due to technical difficulties, however, the school bus was replaced with the infamous “King of the Roads”. When we showed up to the site, we were able to see the houses we painted on Monday. It was awesome to see the progress that has been done since just two days ago! The Haitian workers are nearly done with the roofs, and the homes all have doors now. With that motivation in mind, we began our task of painting two more homes this morning. Today’s painting was different, however, in that we could now envision the people we met and interacted with yesterday living in these homes. It was incredible to think that our group is eventually going to be part of housing over 50 Haitians within just our week stay here in Haiti.
After completing our first two houses, we traveled to another campus of Mission of Hope to eat lunch and rest. We had PB&J…again... but today’s lunch was different. We took turns playing brain games as a group, solving riddles with ridiculous solutions. Of course, Kirsten’s crazy ideas but good guesses got her to solve almost all of them. When we returned to the MOH 500 village, we found that we didn’t have the correct supplies for one of the houses. While Ashmitt was getting the correct supplies, our entire group got to work on our green house. We finished painting in record time (around 20 minutes). It is amazing how well we work together as a team and how much we have accomplished so far. If anyone needs their house painted, we are the crew to call! We all gathered in the “King of the Roads” to head back to the main campus as usual for a relaxing evening.
Our seemingly normal day turned quite eventful in a matter of a few minutes. As we approached the market on our way home, we came to a stop. It seemed as though we were waiting in the usual rush hour traffic until we peered our heads out the taptap. In the distance, we could see a wall of Haitians coming in our direction. We had no clue what to expect or what was going on. Unknowingly, we were in the middle of a spontaneous parade of celebration of Haitian culture. We saw men and women carrying flags, singing and chanting in Creole. We were all amazed to be caught in the middle of this once in a lifetime experience, as it was like nothing any of us had ever experienced before. Our taptap driver wasn’t too pleased to be stuck in traffic for so long, but we loved every minute of it.
We ended our day with a great pasta dinner, devos, and talking about our favorite parts of the day. Now, we are just enjoying each other’s company before heading off to bed. Well… that’s all for today!
Peace out from Haiti!