It is only 5:15 pm, but it feels so much later!
I love hearing the prayer service every morning, but it means a 6 am wake up. :)
John called when it ended and he had his friend Charlie with him - and I was so happy to see Charlie!! Charlie was one of the other translators we had in October.
I quickly ate breakfast and was back out before 8 am. We chatted for a bit and then got right to work on the essay portion of the test. Charlie is planning to take a test similar to the GED, so he was more than happy to study with us. I was so excited by how well both of them did on the different essays we went through!! We took a few topics and brainstormed together as to how it should be answered and written. I then gave them a topic and they went through all of the steps and wrote am essay. After they finished each paragraph, I checked it over and helped them fix any problems. They both are such good writers and picked up the format quickly.
By 12:45, we were ready for a break so we went back to John's house. His dad is visiting right now and he was waiting for me with a mango! I should have videotaped John washing the mango for me - I cannot imagine a piece of fruit being more clean then this mango. (He knows I am terrified of accidentally drinking or eating the wrong thing and getting sick.)
I also needed to talk to his dad about paperwork John needs from him for his dossier.
After a wonderful visit, we parted ways with Charlie and headed back. It was my first time traveling by foot in Port-au-Prince. I stayed clear of all motorbikes and flying debris and rocks! For the first time this trip, someone called me blan - and she really wanted me to hand over my sunglasses. That didn't happen.
I got back at the tail end of lunch, very hot and sweaty, but the wonderful cook had saved me a big piece of pizza.
After 3 hours of practice tests on sentence structure and correction, we decided to call it a day. We are hoping to shoot a short video tomorrow in-between reading comprehension.
I must say that several texts from home today bemoaned the coooold wind chills, so I will refrain from mentioning the weather we had here today.
(think blue skies and bright sunshine - and whatever temp makes you happy)
The pictures today are:
Charlie and John
The guys writing essays in the shade
(I apologize for misspelled words and crazy sentence structure - it is hard to type an entire entry on my iPhone! lol!)