It's New Year's Eve and the birth center will be quiet, as far as prenatal's go, for the next few days! Everyone seems to be venturing out to spend time celebrating the New Year and Haitian Independence Day with their families.
Since the doors were closed today I decided to venture out to see the villages with my translator Claudin. Since I was turning him into my tour guide for the day, we started off at a restaurant so I could could connect with Andy via their Wifi. After sharing a nice meal of Goat, we walked about and he took me to where he has lived his whole life and this was so much fun! I got to see the authentic, resilient, and true Haiti! The way Haitians REALLY live! It was beautiful and heartbreaking all in one breathe. I met Claudins mom and brothers! When I went to shake her hand she gave me her upper arm to shake instead. I then looked down into the bowl her hands had been in and it was filled with chicken blood and feathers from the birds she had just killed and prepared!!
I saw a few different types of villages around and the different ways people live. We walked down to where Kasava bread was made on the side of the road and It was pretty amazing to watch! I walked on a stone wall surrounded by "swamp" and in it were some really loud and snorty pigs! So many smells and sights were taken in today!
People stared at me wherever I went but everyone was very kind. As soon as I gave a friendly smile or wave, I was always met with the same!
Something I enjoy more then anything else in this world is walking amongst other cultures and seeing their true authentic life!
When I got back I broke open my chocolate bars and sat at the table chatting with Judith (a midwife) and Claudin. The 3 of us ate it while I taught Claudin a magic card trick. It was a eerily quiet but an overall good night.