We have landed safely in the land of a-m-a-z-i-n-g-n-e-s-s! Don’t get me wrong. I love Haiti and always will! Dodging traffic or riding the motorcycle was always an adventure. It’s kind of like a video game driving around Port Au Prince. You just don’t get a +1 life-up or a redo :-D. As long as you don’t lose the game, you’re good to go!
Now that we are back in the U.S., our minds are flooded with imagery of things we remember yet now are strangely overwhelming. The stores seem bigger, the food more abundant, the cars newer, the water hotter, grass greene… well… it exists :-D.
Of course, my stomach always seems to have reverse culture-shock as well. Without fail it seems to get sick on every transition. Thank you stomach for this most uncomfortable feeling! I guess adjusting from rice and beans diet makes it a little angry.
I decided to put some of my Haiti pictures to use. I know it doesn’t exactly convey the difference between the cultures but hopefully it may give a glimpse at why missionaries can have such a culture shock. The images that have been a part of our lives over the last 2 years have now been reversed. It is not necessarily negative but just a dissonance between the 2 worlds that you don’t know quite how to reconcile.