More answers about my life in Haiti

More answers, and my apologies for not blogging in a while. This post is generally about the details of living in Saint Marc.

I live in a house which holds about 10 people in 5 bedrooms. We have a gate in the front yard, which is really more a giant wall than the picket fence you might be picturing. We have the luxury of a washer and dryer for clothes, but they only work when we have consistent electricity I do not do any grocery shopping unless I want a little treat like some candy or chips. Generally we have some women who work at the house and cook us two meals a day. Breakfast is sometimes quite similar to breakfast in the US (fruit, eggs, toast with peanut butter, coffee) and sometimes not so similar. My favorite – and probably the oddest breakfast – is the spaghetti and hotdogs. The spaghetti is cooked with a tomato-ish sauce (possibly ketchup-based) which generally has things like diced carrot and onion in it, and then hotdog is sliced up and mixed in. It is delicious. Lunch/dinner (our second and final meal for the day) virtually always includes either rice mixed with beans or rice and a bean sauce. There is generally either meat (chicken, beef, or goat) or fish, and perhaps fried plantains or some sort of vegetable.

There are two restaurants in Saint Marc. Okay, there are possibly more than that, but only two that we go to. They are located just about across the street from each other. They both serve good Haitian food as well as some American choices. If you have a craving for french fries, they are the place to go. The one also has a Salsa night on Thursdays. Very fun!

We can, in theory, walk to the hospital. It is about a 30 minute walk, but in the 90-degree heat that doesn’t always feel like the most appealing option. Fortunately we have a few drivers who will give us rides to and from the hospital – all we need to do is call. I do NOT drive here, nor do I have any desire to. The “rules of the road” have yet to be written here, as best I can tell.

I will try to post some photos soon to give a better idea, but I hope this helps to paint a little better picture of how my life is here. Since I live here as much as I live in Boston, it really has become like home. I will really miss it when I return to Boston in June and am already looking forward to my return next year.

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  1. Karen

     /  May 14, 2012

    Hi Sara,

    It’s great to read another blog post as always and to learn a little more about your “home away from home.” When you return in June will you have some time off or will you be right back to work in Boston? Stay safe and keep us posted.


    • Hi Karen, I will begin a 3-week Haitian Creole course in Boston as soon as I get back, but otherwise yes, I do get a little down time.

  2. Cynthia Halligan

     /  May 18, 2012

    Hi Sara, its great to read that you will be returning to the creole institute this summer! I’m looking forward to seeing you again and hearing about your experiences in Haiti. Do you ever venture to Port au Prince? Or have you been able to go to areas of the island such as in the far south or up north? Glad to read that you are doing well in Haiti! Take care, Cynthia

  3. Barbara

     /  May 24, 2012

    Hi Sara,
    Thanks for the good information about your life in Haiti. I am wondering if you have any air conditioning at home or work or just fans. I take it Salsa night is the dance and not the food. If it was the food, it would not be as much fun. I put the photo of you with the two cute litte boys in the hospital in my operatory in work. So I see you everyday I work and the photo gives me an opportunity to talk about where you are and what you are doing. Keep us posted as we definitely enjoy hearing about your interesting and challenging job.

    Stay well,
    Love, Aunt Barbara


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