So last night was a blast. Multiple games of dominoes, mafia, and chicken taco all in one night? SO MANY GAMES.
(I love games)
Today was very intense though. It was probably the hardest day I have had down here so far. We woke up early and went down to Dajabon. In a nutshell, Dajabon is a town that borders Haiti. All that seperates them is a river, which has 1 bridge. So every monday, there is a huge market. People bring all sorts of things, from chickens to bananas to plastic chairs. And on that day, the Haitians are allowed to come over to the Dominican Republic and buy things at the market for a certain amount of time.
It was the most chaotic situation I have ever been in in my life.
There were people everywhere. It was blazing hot and people were running and pushing and driving and yelling, and I kind of became numb to it because I just could not figure out how to deal with everything.
Anyways. We saw a lot of things that weren’t ok. The bridge is controlled by the government, who is supposed to regulate everything. Instead, they pull random people out and make them pay them money to pass. It’s so corrupt, but the people can’t do anything about it. This place is insane, so rather than fight for their rights, they just pay the money and move on. I saw it happen at least 4 times in half an hour.
Something I didn’t know, Haitians speak Creole, which is a mix of spanish and french. I thought understanding spanish was rough, but today I had NO idea what was going on. It was frustrating.
(Continue with the journey on Episode 2)