One more day until the first visitors arrive to stay with us. Starting tomorrow, we will have 1 to 12 extra people (Canadians and Americans) staying with us for the next 2 to 3 months on a rotating basis. There will be medical personnel and work teams coming to help with the painting and tiling of the hospital. Starting tomorrow, I shift into host mode - which I'm looking forward to, because that is part of my job. But it is also very tiring making sure that everyone has everything they need - meals to eat, water for showers, toilet paper, transportation, managing money, translating, etc. Normal life here will be put on hold for awhile.
Life has been somewhat normal the past couple of weeks. It's been great to have Shauna here to share life with - to laugh and talk with. We spent a few days bird/house sitting for the James' while they were gone to Port au Prince. It was kind of luxurious to spend a couple of nights in a house with 24 hour electricity and a tv to watch movies on. A mini vacation for us.
Yesterday was a surprise good day. We ended up going to a clinic at Bayae - about an hour away. We went to see how their financial systems work as we are working on implementing some changes at Ebenezer Clinic. After a meeting of about an hour, we went to the most beautiful beach ever, called Chou Chou Bay (sp?). It was more beautiful than Labadee - especially because there is nothing or no one there - just a natural untouched beach with white sand. I got to spend the afternoon with 3 good friends, swimming, playing frisbee and just relaxing for a while. A very nice treat before the busyness comes.
Next Monday, I will be going to Santiago, DR for a few days - i'm quite looking forward to it. It'll be nice to be "out" of Haiti for a while... to go to a restaurant, to go to a store and hopefully get a haircut. Then on Wednesday morning, i will head to Puerto Plata to pick up the Saskatoon group of 10 which includes my parents. Very excited to see them and show them my life here.