I will write in more detail about our weekend trip later (it’s too much for one or even two posts), but I cannot stop singing praises for this fantastical weekend we have had. Due to random holidays were in Haiti for All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we had a 4-day weekend. A few of us have been wanting to go to Jacmel (a town in Haiti) and more specifically to Bassin Bleu for a while now. Bassin Bleu is this gorgeous natural water feature a few miles outside of Jacmel. There are three large pools and a series of waterfalls. The largest pool offers a spot you can climb to and jump into the pool from. We’ve heard many guesses on the depth of the pool, but the rumor is that it is so deep that no one knows how deep it goes. More on Bassin Bleu and its amazingness in another post.
This weekend started on Friday night with a dinner of tasty Mexican food with the fabulous Ben & Katie K. Early (really early) the next morning eight of us loaded up in the Jin Bei van and headed south to Jacmel. Threeish hours later we pulled into our hotel. We spent the morning wandering around Jacmel and the afternoon playing at the beach. I felt like a little kid at the beach again; running into the water, diving under the waves, playing Frisbee…such fun to use the healthy bodies God gave us to play in his playground!
The next day we woke up and had a mini church service at the hotel together and then went to Bassin Bleu, more to come on that) and at night we went to a nice hotel and had grilled conch for dinner.
Yesterday morning we woke up, packed up, and headed out to the beach for more playing. We had fish, lobster, and avocado on the beach for lunch before beginning the beautiful drive back to the city.
Last night we had a movie night and then had blueberry pancakes for breakfast altogether this morning.
It is a really testament to the beauty of this community that we are not quite sick of each other yet. We are still planning some volleyball and Frisbee for today and tomorrow. Today is our last day of this long weekend and it will be spent catching up or getting ahead in work and life as well as moving at a bit of a slower pace.
I’ll write again with the details of Jacmel and Bassin Bleu if you care to read them. This post is mainly about how incredibly rested I feel. My heart is full of joy at the last few days. Not just that I got to enjoy a side of this island that is breathtakingly beautiful, but that the community with whom I got to enjoy it with is exponentially more beautiful in its design. Thank you God for this weekend and for my friends.
|Playing at Bassin Bleu.|
|View from Hotel Cap Lamandou where we ate dinner.|
|I lost my camera so I stole these pics from my friend Joisah.|