Staff retreat in Jacmel…
Two weekends after the earthquake was supposed to be a staff retreat for the GLA staff. We all felt we needed time to rejuvenate and just rest. Well, that never happened because of the earthquake! The hotel we were supposed to stay in, lost part of their rooms in the earthquake, so we didn’t even have a place to go if we had wanted to!
Well, we feel even more exhausted than we did back at the beginning of January and again thought we would try to have a fun and relaxing weekend on the beach. We have had 4 containers come out in the last month. We were really tired and decided after Friday’s container to go to Jacmel for Saturday and Sunday and just relax. We called and made reservations at our favorite Jacmel hotel, the Cyvadier, but Christophe LANG, the manager, only had 4 rooms. It was not enough for all of us, so some went to the Hotel Kabik Beach Club.
It turned out that it was very nice and the staff was wonderful! The rooms were big and spacious and reasonable. It was not right on the beach like the Cyvadier, but it was across the road from the beach. This is a photo of the beach. It was beautiful and sandy in places.
The food at the Cyvadier is first rate and I still love it the best, but I would stay at the Kabik again if the Cyvadier is full!
I think the Kabik was great for the kids. Patrick and his family stayed in a “villa” with its own private swimming pool! We all spent most of our time at his “house”! :)
On Saturday, a large group went to see Basin Bleu, a spring and multiple waterfalls that goes into a rocky canyon and the water is very very blue!
Lots of people were there swimming. There were some UN soldiers from Brazil and other visitors. It is an hour drive in the truck from the hotel and then a 15 minute hike on foot. I stayed back at the hotel with my granddaughter, Lilly, and grandson, JJ. They spent the day swimming in the pool. Everyone said it was beautiful and so much fun and were glad that they had made the effort to go.
We arrived back at the orphanage today. We all had a great time. Now, everyone has to go to Fort Jacques and unload another container that is on the road as I write this update! YIKES!
Posted on Tue, August 17, 2010
by Dixie Bickel