Our new schedule at the guesthouse:
5:45 – Wake up to get breakfast ready for the guests. You can’t drink the tap water or use it to brush your teeth, so you have to remember to get yourself some chlorinated water for these things.
6:30 – Guests start coming down for breakfast. They usually want their coffee first thing, so we learned how to make our first pot of coffee. We serve fresh fruit, generic cereal (namebrand here is about $8 per box), powdered milk (real milk is very expensive), fresh squeezed juice, toast, and maybe eggs, pancakes, or French toast.
7:30 – Morning meeting: Usually the head person from Heartline holds these meetings to do Bible study, sings a song or two, and talk about the work for the day.
9:00ish – Groups go out to work.
9 – 11:00 – We will be taking Creole language classes with a Haitian woman three days per week.
Late Morning/Afternoon – Do things such as work on the schedule for guest coming, airport pick-up and drop-off, and meals for the week. We will also need to get some groceries for the house, fill up the diesel gas cans for the generator, exchange money, fix broken things, or whatever else comes up.
People are always checking in and out, and coming and going to the airport. We help them get settled, explain how everything is run, and do their billing.
We hopefully will get a little bit of down-time in the afternoon to exercise, take a nap, or whatever.
6:00 – Guests are back from working, and we eat dinner together. It is prepared by the Haitian workers at the house.
Evening – The guesthouse has a giftshop, so it is our job to work in it at night when our daytime worker is gone. We will take money and write receipts for anyone wanting to purchase things.
9:00ish – Hopefully things wind down by this time, but there will always be random things that need to be done.
Night – City electricity usually goes out at night, so you have to keep the generator or battery power going. About every four hours you have to switch from one to the other, so that means getting up every single night about 2:00 and doing that manually. Yay!
That’s what it looks like for now. Very busy and a bit overwhelming at first. I can quickly begin to understand what it’s like to have kids – as suddenly your freetime is basically gone and you can never sleep through the night. Wow! I’m sure it will get easier with time 😀