Today was more of a relaxing day for some of us. It started with devotions and some delicious pancakes and fresh fruit. After breakfast a group of us including dad and myself headed off to the Grand Goave market. Once we arrived to the area, we headed over to the river to see it first and check out the long trek that most of the people have to take down the mountains to sell their produce at the market. We then walked to the bakery to see the large stone oven they use to cook fresh bread daily. Dad and I bought a small bag of fresh bread for 30 gourdes. Next we went through the meat portion of the market… and lets just say that one little piggy that went to market did not say wee wee wee all the way home. We then went to a different section of the market to see if we could find some bars of laundry soap. We managed to find 2 bars of it quickly and for a very good price. Next item we searched for was a coconut, then some coffee candies. Once we all had what we wanted we began to head back to where we came from, grabbing a cold soda on our way. Once at the compound, we had some lunch which was sandwiches and yummy pineapple juice. After lunch we only had a bit of time to kill before we were going to the beach, so some of us spent it with the kids. I went inside the fence so I could play alongside with the kids and by the time I got to the playground I had one kid on my back and one holding my hand. They asked me to play jump rope with them, which I did for a while all still with two little girls clinging onto me. I had lots of fun just spending time with the children and trying my hardest to have a conversation with them.

Walking to the beach was fun because we (Kalen, Sarah and I) somewhat led the way as we knew where to go and when to turn. Once we got to the beach we quickly got into the water to relax and swim around. I checked out some more coral with the snorkel but eventually went for a walk along the beach to find shells and check out what the vendors had to sell that was unique. Eventually I found a Stone lady to add to my little collection of reminders of this beautiful country and culture. We then packed up our towels and shells and headed back to the compound. The night ended in a great supper and a game of cards with friends.

 

Great way to end a Relaxing day

-Haley

 

jump! jump! jump!

jump! jump! jump!

may have lost a few hairs with these three playing with it

may have lost a few hairs with these three playing with it

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