"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Our first (very full) day

The 3am alarm came what felt like 10 minutes after we turned the light off last night, but we jumped out of bed ready to head to the airport. By 7:40am we had our luggage through Haitian customs and were ready to go.

We had a few very good meetings today with Healing Hands partners and the Disability Cluster and Deb even had her first interview.

At dusk we found a ride home for our first cold water shower and some time to unpack. The packets of tuna and bags of almonds made for a delicious dinner. We're hoping to get to the market tomorrow after we finish our day of more meetings.

Initial observations of progress/changes since our trip in March:

- Traffic seemed to be controlled in some areas but overall still takes forever to get anywhere
- More women had their "shops" open
- Any chill we felt in Minnesota is gone. Daytime temp was 100 and extreme humidity with full sun took care of that! A constant stream of sweat running down our backs feels good at this point.

Now we're trying to figure out why Verizon's promise that our new World Blackberries would work fell through and why our emails aren't working. Ahhh... the beauty of technology in a country with limited electricity. We'll enjoy it when we can get it!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, it's so fun to live vicariously through you! Glad you made it and clearly you hit the ground running as you accomplished much in your first day. I'll continue to read every word so keep the updates coming. Can't wait to hear what tomorrow brings!