- Melissa’s nearly been steam-rolled while driving through a crazy intersection with no stoplight. (Who needs exercise when your heart rate can go through the roof just driving?)
- Ryan now has a Master’s degree in toilet repairs.
- We’ve had guests show up in the middle of the night by police escort fleeing for safety.
- We backed into a car-catcher (ginormous drainage hole that you can only be pushed out of by several strong Haitian men who are laughing at you.)
- We now know the truth about how a rooster crows (Our whole lives we’ve been told that they say “Cock-a-doo-dle-doo,” but that’s so not true. It’s never all five syllables, but rather “cock-a-doo-duuuhhhh” … and dies off as if the rooster gets too tired to finish his announcement. And they start up about 2 a.m. – not when the sun comes up, as we are all taught.)
- We have successfully bought floor cleaner off the street from a man coming up to our car window. (This is where you get the best deal in town on it.) I even knew enough to check to make sure it was sealed and not refilled partially with water.
- We have learned the proper technique for killing giant cockroaches. Just a quick, hard down and up motion with your shoe. If you leave your shoe down too long, guts will squirt out everywhere and your shoe will get all messy.
- We found out that when a Haitian says to you, “Wow, you’ve gained weight,” it is supposedly a compliment. It means that you are wealthier and have a lot of money to buy food. (This hasn’t happened to us yet, but I am just waiting for the day.)
- We’ve tasted goat, sugar cane, fresh coconut, a fruit called the kenep, and many new Haitian dishes.
Who knew that running a guest house included a package deal of all these things?