Monday, January 30, 2012

Haiti Dental Mission Trip

On Friday the 20th, Seth, Derrick, and I left for our mission trip to Haiti. Due to the flight schedule, we had to stay a night in Miami (no complaints here). It was my first time in Miami and I loved it. We weren't near the beach, but it was fun anyway. We got to the hotel around 8:30 and we were hungry. We met up with Dr. Suszko (the dentist that started the Haiti trip) and we decided that since we were in Miami we needed to try some Cuban food. The valet guys were nice and instead of hailing us a cab, they offered to drive us in their limo Tahoe. While we were waiting, we also met up with Anna, a resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital who was coming on the trip, also.We ended up at La Rosa Restaurant. We had an awesome waiter, he also is a painter and "temporary tatto artist" on the side. (His motto: Anything on Anything.) I had the La Ropa Viejas for dinner, which means old clothes. It was amazing food and the beers came with frosted glasses. When they see the glass is losing its frostiness, you get a new glass.

We flew into Port au Prince on Saturday morning. We had to go to another terminal to catch our connecting flight to Cap Haitian. We jumped in the back of a pickup truck and took a 5 minute car ride. We went back through security, which seemed like a joke. We don't think the metal detectors or x-ray machines even worked.
We boarded a 15 seat turbo-prop. 

We flew low over the mountains to the other side of the island. 
The plane would jump around and fish tail every time we went through a cloud.

We landed in Cap Haitian and found dogs and people walking around on the runway. We got picked up by Edy, our translator and driver, and Dr. Charles, a Haitian Dentist. We stayed at the Hotel Du Roi Christoph, the old Governor's mansion. The Hotel was gated and had private security. It had a pool, a couple bars, multiple lounge areas, and good water and food. The local beer is Prestige and of course there is Haitian Rum. The weather was perfect. Not too humid and about 80s during the day and 70s at night.

Shots from around the hotel

Being within and outside the gates was like night and day. Once you walked outside of the gates, it was a whole other world...

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