|overlooking Port-au-Prince from the hotel|
I need to take a moment to mention the driving situation in Haiti. The roads are in terrible condition and the rules of driving are not completely clear to me. While driving up the mountain, I was afraid at one point that we were going to go off the road to our death as we passed another car at way too high a speed that was on our side of the road to avoid potholes. I have a new appreciation for construction. Everyone honks as the way to communicate that they are driving through and if you don’t move, you will be hit. It’s a constant game of chicken. In addition, most of the motorcyclists don’t wear helmets and those that do, don’t use chin straps. There are people lining the sides of the roads and the medians and weaving in between the cars. I spent the majority of our ride gripping the seat back in front of me (as if that would help) and just hoping that we would make it to our destination unscathed. Thankfully we did and we returned to the hospital to meet with the rest of our 2nd week team who had arrived - Pat Ebling (orthopaedic surgeon from Minnesota) and Ruth Bowen (ortho sales rep from Minnesota). We all went to bed early in order to be ready to start another week. Pat and I felt revived after our weekend oases and were ready to start a new busy week at the Adventist Hospital.