With all the pictures and videos I included in my last update, I forgot three very important videos. In traveling to all the sites around Titanyen, we spent a lot of time in the bus. As you can imagine, the temperature outside was only matched by the temperature inside the repurposed school bus after a long day’s work. I will let you decide if this first video is us having fun or one of the first signs of heatstroke.
Secondly, each team that was staying at the compound would volunteer for a night to do the dinner dishes. This allows the kitchen staff to get home a little earlier and enjoy more time with their families. It also gave us a little time to have a little fun while we worked.
Some of us practiced our impressions while we washed, rinsed, and dried.
The rest of us took a little time to get some dancing lessons.
The next day, day 7, was our last full day in Haiti. Busy days and fitful sleep at night meant that I was pretty tired by this point.
Mission of Hope takes the visiting teams to a local resort to celebrate their time in Haiti and give them a little time to see a different side of the country. For me, it is a reminder of the beauty that exists in the country in the midst of such poverty and destruction.
There weren’t really plans for the day except to rest on the beach, play in the water, and take an opportunity to snorkel. It is on days like this that I was so thankful that I had my Aquapac. I was in and out of the water all day without really any thought of diabetes.
The lunch we are served at the resort is one of my favorite meals of the trip. The chicken just falls off the bone, the rice and beans taste so great, and I could eat the fried plantains all day long.
After a team picture, we headed back to the Mission of Hope compound.
One of my favorite pictures from last year was of me with a little four month old boy named Jeremiah. He and his twin sister Hannah were new to Mission of Hope when I met him last year.
I can’t believe how grown up he looks now. At 16 months, he was running around and trying to catch up and play with the much bigger kids. He is such an adorable little boy that I will forgive him for breaking my glasses.
One of the first days we were there, I stopped by the baby house where he lives. In one quick move he grabbed my glasses by one of the earpieces and threw them sidearm into the dirt and one of the lenses popped out. In an odd bit of over packing, I had another pair in my bag so I was able to see the rest of the week.
As we went to bed that night, it was hard to believe that we would be home in our beds in America 24 short hours later. We had no idea what we were going to see the next day!
For me, I think it will always be difficult to fully relax and enjoy a day like this knowing how much work is left to be done. I wrote a little bit about the reasons we do go to the resort as a part of our trip last year, so if you are interested in learning more, I would recommend this post.