HEY! I’m just warning now, this may have a lot of grammar/spelling errors as I am so tired I could fall asleep on the keyboard! I’m back in my mosquito net covered bed in the “megan’s room”! Today was amazing, and that may be an understatement. We were all sleeping like babies until 7 AM rolled around and the church (3 feet across the street) bell’s begin to rang, which made the roosters crow, which made the ALL the dogs howl. What an alarm clock! We all looked at each other with a series of “really?” “seriously” “This is insane”! We were then followed by Rebecca knocking on the door ” how’d you like that?” Her being a seasoned veteran of La Gonave she was well aware of the morning “alarm”. I walked outside and took in the amazing view of the caribbean and the perfect weather out back. With so many wild chickens running around , Gail took me to a hen cage to show me the different between a hen and a rooster! Actually pretty cool stuff. We went back up and changed and headed across the street and into church-and yes the “church dog” syd was laying on the stairs when we got there! Church was packed, we stood in the back thinking we’d just stay for a little, but then we got a private escort to the front of the church to a personalized section. Church was pretty awesome, lots of singing and music, which I enjoyed. Father Roosevelt mentioned our group and our projects a few times. We sat next to the children, who could barely keep their eyes off us! We went back to the guest house and had spicy spaghetti for breakfast!
We then hopped on a motor boat and had a marvelous, amazing, gorgeous ride to an island down the coast(Latory). We were greeted by extreme poverty. Children running around naked, houses made out of sticks, just unacceptable conditions. We met in their “meeting house” made out of sticks and such . We had father roosevelt with us as he translated a list of needs that they could REALLY use! It’s beyond obvious the amount of work that could be done, the island was just miserable.It was terribly depressing, but the people were so gracious that we were there and gave us a huge goodbye, standing on the sure waving their hands in the air. We are working on looking into getting them a motor boat to fish in so they can go futher out, where the actually normal not tiny sized fishys are and a light tower(house) so they don’t get lost when they go out to fish at night. That was such an eye opening experience, yet shows how giving them something we take for granted could change an entire villages life completely!
We hopped back on the boat for another awesome ride across the blue blue blue ocean! Josh being the spastic boy he is decided to hop off the boat while we were moving……Oh josh! So we got the crazy boy back in the boat and returned to our guest house. We hung out and chatted then dinner time! I tried the GOAT! It was not that bad at all..But I mostly just ate white rice! Then our driver for thisle and, Roobin, took us in his pick-up truck a little further down the island to an awesome beach to swim. They dont have sand, they have big ole’ white rocks, we were the only ones in the water and beach as far as we could see, except a few fishing boats! We must have been there for hours, the water was perfect and the view uncomparable!! Then we came back and enjoyed a few haitian beers! Since the drinking age here is 18, we were all in the clear! After watching the sunset we were joined by a TON of kids from the village, lots of pictures,handshakes and teaching eachother words till it was completely dark out! We went in and ate plantan pudding and then headed off to a roobin’s business!
He holds sporting events and a disco on the weekends! We had given him a microloan in the past to start up the business, and it’s doing amazing.. We danced with all the children, all night! The place was packed and many people interested in us “blancas” (whites) The children wouldnt let go of our hands and we didnt seem to mind at all, they are all so beautiful and sweet. The night was a night to remember, lots of fun with the kids, and dancing our behinds off! Roobin took us back to our place in a jeep, he drove very fast as he had to ge back to his business.. Now im blogging, I think I mentioned everything, not sure, im too too tired! I will add pictures tomorrow, so please look back for them!