18/07/2011 by etiennefish
Time is a funny thing in this place. It’s often hard to keep track of. It often feels like things are moving oh so slowly, but then a month has passed without me even noticing. I actually can’t fathom the fact that I’ve almost been here for 6 months now, and it seems both like I’ve been here For.Ev.Er and have just arrived. And (le sigh) I’ve been remiss in updates once again. It’s true.
So I went to Brazil and then came back again. and I don’t even know what to say. One week is far, far, FAR too short to see all the people you’ve been missing for almost 4 years. But it was wonderful (and sad to say goodbye again so soon), and full of far too many stories for a blog post. I miss Brazil in a different way than I miss any of the many other places that I think of as home. And I think its time to go back for a while. Like a long while. Fact. So there is definitely some scheming in the works to make that happen, hopefully in the near (rather than far) future.
Here are some photos from my whirlwind trip back.
Since coming back, not much has changed although for awhile there I forgot how to speak French in lieu of Portuguese, and then I had a few hard days/weeks in there when the world pretty much conspired to make work suck. But yes, it’s true that there have been a lot of frustrations lately, but nothing that can’t ultimately be solved (theoretically. Sigh. Positive thinking… positive thinking…). It’s been tiring, and what with the most recent massive increase in cholera in my city, I’ve been tired and stressed. A lot of friends have also been leaving recently, and so our tiny little world in a small corner of Haiti has been growing even more miniscule.
Life goes on though, and there are definitely still many things to enjoy here. I love the random building parties, where we all just end up at someone’s flat or in the alley next to the apartments for chats, drinks, food, peteca, and music. We went to Basin Blue the other weekend as well. We hadn’t gone in a few months, and despite my inexplicable near hypothermia shaking/numb appendages experience, it was wonderful to go back there again (especially when a crazy Mexican is driving you through rivers and fields of fire. True story).
And of course, there have been some fun trips to the beach, some parties, voodoo festivals (OMG complete with goat and chicken sacrifices, people falling all over the place and talking in tongues, amazing drum music, and an Australian voodoo priest) , dinners in the middle of nowhere in the hills, and some good movie nights. Recently as well, the apartment cat has decided to take over our flat and claim us for his own. Luckily though, he has considerately allowed us to remain in
our his home, and so of course he has been a fuzzy, and terribly adorable distraction in our lives as well.
So really, all in all, it’s not actually been that bad, just tiring sometimes/most of the time. I’ve been also adjusting to an increase in responsibilities and working areas, and so sleep and fun haven’t been especially high on the to do list lately. Luckily, however, Saturday night was the best sleep I’ve had in about a month, and despite not sleeping really at all last night, I’m still feeling more capable of facing the world today than I have in awhile, which makes me at least slightly less likely to complain about absolutely everything. Even if I didn’t get my day at the beach yesterday that I’d been counting on.
But yes, this blog post is just another boring catch up post with no real fun anecdotes or stories (sorry), but at least I’ve tried to put in some photos to fill the gaps and will hopefully commence with the normal posting again soon. With that said, I will leave you with the image below: