Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back in my other reality

I'm back in Canada. I left Haut Limbe on Monday at 8 am and finally arrived back in my house in Saskatoon at 2 this morning. Travelling from Haiti to Saskatoon is no easy task apparently. But that's not so surprising as nothing is ever very easy in Haiti.

To get here, I had to drive one hour to Cap Haitien, board a flight to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spend the night in Ft. Lauderdale, go back to the airport yesterday, fly to Detroit, on to Minneapolis - run from one side of the terminal to the other to make my connection, fly to Saskatoon only to find out they were have a massive rain and thunderstorm which prevented us from landing and we did not have enough fuel to just wait around, so we fly to Regina, land, refuel, wait for the storm to pass, finally fly back and touch down at about 1:30 am, go through customs and then get home. It's been a very long 2 days!!

It's good to be home - in some ways it feels like I was never gone, but in other ways I feel like I've been gone forever. I turn on the radio and realize I don't recognize any of the songs. I have to consciously remember to put the toilet paper in the toilet, not the garbage. I drove for the first time today in 7 months and was amazed by traffic lights, orderly cars and the absence of honking. I'm confused by how late the sun goes down. Yes, it's been a long time. But it's so good to see my family - my nieces and nephew who have grown up so much!

Tomorrow we head out to the farm for the weekend. We hope to do some fishing - can't wait! It's been so long. After the weekend, I'm off to Winnipeg for the week. I hope I get some time to catch up on some sleep along the way!


Rose :) said...

Welcome home JJ! Can't wait to see you.

Hughie said...

Hi Janelle, Welcome home and enjoy your visit with family and friends. Just want you to know that we appreciate what your doing over there and think and pray for you often. Your doing what many of us would love to, way to go !!!