Our life in Haiti is filled with fun, different, and crazy things; often we joke we live in a zoo as almost daily we watch the mama chicken and her four chicks get chased by “munesta”, the one-eyed mama dog and “blue eyes”, the puppy. Seconds later mama goat and her two babies run around our house amongst the lizards and enormous rat. (Thankfully I’ve only seen one.) We also get to watch black hummingbirds, mosquitos, and droves of tiny ants and bees.
There are so many fun foods to explore; we buy most fruits and veggies on the street, as this is typically the cheapest compared to the indoor grocery stores. It’s so crazy that in the States it’s so expensive to buy local and organic. In Haiti this big bunch of produce was a little over $10!!!!
Most of our food is made from scratch as it’s cheaper and tastes better! If we’re ever in dire need to buy a cake mix or anything boxed it gets extremely expensive! One cake mix and can of frosting is around $8, a gallon of ice cream is over $20, a box of cereal is around $6, while a very small carton of milk is over $2.
I love that we drink our coke out of glass bottles – it costs around 30 cents. It’s fun and makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in time. We can buy two fresh homemade loaves of bread for 60 cents.
A typical day for the girls and I consists of school time, crafts, play dough, tea parties, cleaning, naps, occasional outings to the store, and activities. We are enjoying a life spent mostly outdoors as the weather is always gorgeous.
When life gets frustrating we always go back to remembering how life is so different and crazy but all the while so much fun!! It’s quite an adventure and I’m SOO happy I get to experience this with my best friend and amazing little girls.