Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Guest Post II


Today we flew from Port au Prince to Jacmel. It was very interesting to see some of the ruined landmarks of Port au Prince, the dry, deforested mountains, and then the lush, green, coastal town of Jacmel.

Jacmel has the best airport terminal in all of Haiti, which the Canadian military helped build after the earthquake in the hope of stimulating tourism. It was obviously not that busy yet, since our ride broke down and blocked the main entrance of the terminal and it wasn’t an issue at all.

The building sites here are farther apart, about a 5 minute drive, but are much more beautiful than in the city. Large palms, banana trees, and other fruit trees surround the houses on all sides. One of the homes we built today was even located in a large pea field!

We started building the first home at 9:30am and by 3:00 p.m. we had completed two homes and assembled the walls of a third! All in all, it was a very productive day.

The weather is warmer today, and it is more humid here too. We all have a good sunburn/tan happening! Our wives are not with us for the first three days that we are in Jacmel and we obviously cannot take care of ourselves without them!

We have a tap tap that takes us around from site to site and wherever else we need to go. The Haitian driver drives very carefully and we've decided that sitting on wooden seats and ducking under a low metal canopy is actually more comfortable than driving through Port au Prince on padded seats in a land cruiser!

During one of our commutes from site to site, Mikenson (a Haitian crew member) lost his cellphone. After calling it several times a girl answered and a heated discussion followed. Apparently it was her phone now and too bad for him! He is now attempting to get it back. I wonder how that will work out for him!

We are now at a guest house run by Calvary Chapel. It is a very nice, large place with all the comforts of home. We don’t have to rough it too bad! Right now we are comfortably sitting on the balcony, enjoying the afternoon sun and breeze coming off the ocean. Yes, it sure is rough out here!



  1. I sure hope you guys are smart and use your sunscreen tomorrow....

    see you soon!!!


  2. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy the time without "the wives"! and what laura said, dont forget the sunscreen!!! Tracey

  3. Thanks for sharing! Keep the posts coming, we're throughly enjoying them! I agree with Laura :)

    Steph H

  4. Hola y Dios los bendiga a todos!