Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Haiti Beach Day

We weren't seeing patients until Monday so we had all of Saturday and Sunday to ourselves. Saturday we chilled around the hotel and then decided to walk over to the art market. The market was on the water and there were vendors selling their art out of storage units. I decided to buy some of their oil paintings. The only mistake I made was to buy them early. The rest of the time I was there, I would get mobbed and everyone would want me to buy something.
After shopping

The paintings 

On Sunday, we went to a Catholic service in town. The service was in Creole, so I couldn't understand it. What was amazing was that there were maybe 2000 people in attendance and we were told that is normal attendance. There were lots kids and they were well-behaved throughout the two-hour service.

After church, I needed to get some sunglasses, so we headed to "The Market" to find some. Dr. Suszko decided to come along and show us the way. We were actually talking about different markets. He took us to "The Market," which is basically a farmers' market that sells everything. It is in a huge, dark warehouse and smelled like feces. It was crowded and we wanted to get out of there as fast as we could. After that, we ran into three teenagers who had poured old motor oil over their bodies and had whistles. They came at us screaming and asking for money, but we kept walking to try to get away from them. We made a huge circle to get back to our hotel but they still ran into us three times.

After that very eventful morning, we decided to head over the mountains to Combine Sainte Beach. The road to the beach was rocky and narrow. Luckily, the weather was perfect and the water was warm. We spent a good 5-6 hours there.

We had a great weekend and enjoyed exploring the markets and beach. After a relaxing weekend, it was time to get to work.

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