Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! We are so grateful for everything you have done for us in 2013 and are excited for the things we can accomplish in 2014!
The renovations to our apartment have been completed and we took the Christmas break to get all moved in and settled. The move upstairs (Literally right above our temporary apartment) was a bit of an adventure in itself. The plan was to spend last Friday morning packing up the things we had unpacked in our old apartment while some friends helped us by giving our new apartment a nice thorough cleaning and then to move up all of our stuff to a completely ready apartment in the afternoon. Well you know what they say about the best laid plans...
Haitian culture doesn't look at time the same way American culture does. I don't really know how to describe how it's different, but you definitely know it's different if you've ever lived in a similar culture. If you say the Christmas party starts at 7:00, then Americans tend to put emphasis on the time the party starts rather than on the event itself. (We apparently like our clocks) Maybe even going as far as to be grumpy about being 5-10 minutes late, which I am guilty of doing sometimes. Haitian culture, however, puts the emphasis on the party itself rather than the time. When people start showing up, that's when the party starts be it 6:45, 7:00, 7:45, or even 8:30. The host isn't angry if the guests are "early" and the guests aren't even embarrassed if they are "late." The party is important not the time.
Alright back from our sanctioned bunny trail.
8:30 rolls around with a group of the Haitian staff members knocking at our door, "Ok we have some furniture to bring into this apartment and we are ready to take your things upstairs. Lets start with the fridge." Oh snap! "Ummmmm.... Yea just give me a second to get everything out." And thus started our move upstairs. On the plus side, we were finished around 9:00ish. We spent the past week finding a place for everything and making sure that everything is in its place.
We try to make sure we are updating the website every Saturday, but as you can see it's Sunday. We had another bit of adventure yesterday. (Living in Haiti is full of adventures and maybe we need to do 2 or even 3 posts for some of our more adventurous weeks!)
A (Not-So) Tragic Farewell
He died tragically yesterday from a bleach overdose and his funeral was moments later. The funeral consisted of the decision to name him Stormy and the customary water slide down the drain given to most aquatic pets. We look forward to the possibility of having a pet (maybe a puppy next time) in the future and we hope it doesn't meet with the same fate as our beloved Stormy. We'll miss you Stormy!
We are working on a video tour of the campus that we are hoping we can upload to you by this time next week. Enjoy your last few days of the year!