Day 5 - Tuesday
Sadly, not a lot to report for Monday. We basically busted our asses hauling rubble the entire day. Surprisingly, I didn't make very many photos, because we were working like machines. And really, everyone knows what a broken cinder block looks like.
We cleaned up a big rubble pile, filling the dump truck, at the other compound we visited on Saturday. Then, while the truck was travelling off to unload, we hiked to the far end of the compound which was on the beach.
That tiny island is a spot we'll visit on the last day.
The earthquake of 2010 actually shifted a good portion of Haiti either up or down into the ocean, so you'll find a number of trees out in the water that were previously on exposed land.
Today in microfashion...
We moved on to a home in town that had some rubble piles in and around the dwelling.
Occasionally, we'll find things in the rubble. This won the 'creepiest find' prize for the day.
After cleaning out a few locations, and filling a few dump truck loads, we returned to the compound - here's the building across the street. I'm always taken with the textures and colors of the place.
While relaxing in the afternoon, Aaron & Ted decided to try to snag a few coconuts from the trees in the compound.
After various failed techniques, the groundskeeper Julio took pity on us and shimmied up the tree to do it the right way - by hand.
He was kind enough to chop them open for us too.
Fresh coconut is THE BEST. Which is hilarious, because I've hated coconut my whole life. But turns out, I've only hated the processed, dried out, sugar-coated crap we see in the states.
After sundown, we hit the streets for some local food (and by some, I mean ALL THE FOODS).
Fried fish, Barbecue Chicken, Chicken patties (kind of like a fried food egg roll) and super spicy coleslaw.
Day 6 - Wednesday
We jumped in the back of the pickup and rode off to a super fun day of gathering sand for foundations.
We drove out to a beach and waited for the dump truck to crawl along and meet us.
Tools at the ready.
And then we got to work.
Once we'd filled the truck with the first load, we had a while to wait while they tracked down diesel fuel for it to head off and unload. So we took to the beach.
No fuel for your jet ski? Pas de problème! Grab some paddles.
If you're wondering exactly how fun shoveling and hauling a couple tons of sand is - just look at the exuberance on our faces:
I walked around - checked out some horses grazing nearby.
After the truck returned, we got back to work.
We found some more items in the trash which is pretty much spread all over the countryside:
And we used Aaron for target practice.
Then, after filling the truck again we headed back to the compound. A late lunch of chicken, fish, plantains, spicy coleslaw and spicy beet potato salad.
We had convinced Islande, the kitchen manager, to teach us how to make marinade (Mah-ree-Nahd), so we needed to head to the local market to pick up ingredients. Added bonus, we found marinade at one vendor. It's a spiced, fried dough with herbs, garlic, onions, some other goodies and occasionally meat.
On the walk back from the market, Aaron found the local bike shop. Naturally.
I snapped this shot up close of a tap-tap. They're cheap, fixed-route, unregulated taxis of sorts. Always decorated with religious iconography, you'll see them overflowing with people and cargo on their chosen routes.
Ted finally tracked down some Toro con citron (with lime). It's one of the local energy drinks, and as Emily said - it tastes sort of like liquid snow cone.
We waited a bit for Islande & Wendy to track down some last ingredients, and snapped shots with Grap and the local kids.
Back at the compound, some light rain rolled in, bringing with it a rainbow.
And some awesome clouds at sunset.
After which we enjoyed the first batch of marinade: