Wowsa…. we are excited about not having to wear a coat.
So we heard that there was snow back home this week… we are melting in the heat. Not that anyone feels badly for us, we’re sure. ;P
So far we have mostly managed to avoid insane numbers of mosquito bites… however that is likely to change tomorrow when we head to Mare Rouge, and then on to Seguin. The areas are more thickly forested and at higher elevation… so Phillip keeps telling us that it will be cold as it is only going to be 23 degrees during the daytime and possibly 15 degrees Celsius at night… hahahahahaha… he doesn’t understand cold obviously.
So today we went and picked up meds…
Buying medsit was interesting trying to explain to the pharmacist that no, oxytetracycline is not penicillin or vitamins or dewormer or some other randomly coloured liquids sitting on the shelf. Or that we don’t need 8 different types of oxytetracycline because really…. they all do the same thing. Nor did we need multiple vials of cleaning products. Then the attempt to pay him was complicated as there was considerable confusion over whether or not the total cost was in Haitian dollars or goude (a difference of 5 times). We were concerned that we wouldn’t have enough money… and then couldn’t figure out how everything was so much more expensive. Then he belatedly told us it was in goude, which calmed everyone down somewhat.
After this exchange we went for a quick visit with our old friend Dr. Bob Joseph. This was highly successful but highly stressful as he opted to randomly use us to motivate his class to stay in school and not resort to less savoury methods of earning a living. This meant standing in front of the room to talk… which really only Amanda and Rick enjoyed… but Jasmine had to translate for them which caused much consternation. especially since Amanda’s short speech involved telling the audience that she specialised in exotic animals which Jasmine chose to first mention snakes (which are despised and feared due to voodoo here) and then had camels stuck in her head (because Phillip has started calling her the camel doctor)… needless to say the students were quite confused. Especially when she then said that Amanda also worked on sheep, birds, and sometimes cats and dogs. Then Rick fired them all up with a speech about how the future of Haiti was the students themselves and that only they could make a difference and fix all of their country’s problems… this was the spur for a couple of hard hitting political questions. Definitely some politicians in THAT class…
Onward to the map shop… ironically we got lost several times over the next hour trying to get to the map shop… it was hidden, kind of like in Harry Potter where you have to be a secret-keeper to know where it is. But we made it… and bought more maps than we will ever use in this time or our next lifetime… but at least it was all worthwhile.
By this point we were starving… so we decided to eat out. Of course at the slowest restaurant in PaP… where it takes 30 minutes to pour a glass of water, an additional 45 minutes to receive food for 2 people, and then 30 minutes for each additional person’s food.
Enjoying our first taste of the award winning Haitian beer “Prestige”Two and a half hours later Rick managed to eat (of course he was the hungriest…). Thankfully we now LOVE each other’s company so managed to entertain ourselves by questioning the level of iodine deficiency of the staff involved.
Of course this also meant that by the time dinnertime arrived no one was hungry which meant a later than usual evening… it’s already 8:45pm and normally we are in bed by now!
Too long at lunch meant that a number of our errands had to wait… hopefully we can get them done on the way to Mare Rouge.
Medications and supplies are packed for our trip and clinics – we leave at 9am in the morning. We are unsure about internet while we are away, but if we can we will continue to update, otherwise we will see you in a week!
Lots of love to all,