Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Final Day by Hunter Fortuin

Today was our last day. We began with a continuation of the previous day staying up very late reflecting on our trip and packing. This lasted until a little after 1AM. We definitely were not ready to leave. 

We woke very early as well to give our luggage to Fritz's driver to bring to the airport. This occurred at about 5:50 so there were a bunch of zombie like children carrying luggage through the common area. After sleeping until 7:30 we were up once again for a very unique breakfast; ketchup and spaghetti. We ate up for a long day of travel. 

Fritz showed up around 10:00 and we all climbed in the van to go to the airport. Our ride lasted about 1.5 hours but went very fast because we played a word game called stinky pinky. After we were done playing we finally heard Fritz's backstory which was very interesting. Going between Haiti and America while having multiple businesses is quite impressive.

We got to the airport and went through multiple screens of security, much more than we have in America surprisingly. This took a couple of hours to complete and we ran into a couple of snags thanks to seashells we collected from the seashore but we made it. We finally walked across the tar mac to depart from the most amazing week of quite a few of our lives.

The plane ride lasted about 4 hours and we watched Trouble With The Curve and Wreck It Ralph with a combination of sharing stories with other passengers and seeing the sunset. We arrived in America and went through immigration and customs. As soon as we officially were accepted into America many of us flocked to Starbucks and realized how crappy American food is. Everything we ate was extremely fresh while we were in Haiti and becoming accustomed to our food back home will be difficult.

We are currently back in the states in the bus back home. We will all look back fondly at our time in Haiti and will likely return in the future. It was an extremely humbling experience and is something we will never forget. We receive so many things here that we take for granted; access to healthcare, a relatively equal spread of wealth, waste management systems, running water, electricity, and many other luxuries. Having seen how some people live it has really made me reevaluate life goals and morals. This trip has made me a better person and I can say with the utmost confidence that this holds true for everybody that went. I hope that all readers will take something from what they have read on this blog similar to what we drew from the trip. Au revoir!

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