The Hills Are Alive

Today Ruben, Jeanide, and I headed up to Bois D’Avril, a small village in the mountains outside Port-au-Prince, near a town called Kenscoff. We’re staying with the Currelly’s, a Canadian couple who have been living here for thirty years. The local school here is receiving 10 laptops, and we’re also setting up Internet-in-a-Box. Shoutout to Nancie Severs, who was the first to realize this is a good home for our machines and got everyone together to make it happen.

Adam’s stayed here before and described it as a Swiss villa. I figured he was just exaggerating like always, but now that I’m here I certainly do feel a sudden urge to start belting out, “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Up here at 6,000 feet, you get quite a view. Also, John and Deb have done their best over time to make things comfortable for visitors and the many animals who also live here.

This wouldn't be an Internet site without at least one cat picture.

This wouldn’t be an Internet site without at least one cat picture.

101 Dalmatians, minus 100

101 Dalmatians, minus 100

Jeanide meets Bony.

Jeanide meets Bony.

Check out the winding road on that mountain.

Check out the winding road on that mountain.

Another view of the compound.

Another view of the compound.

We’re also smack-dab in the middle of a cloudbank – at times, you can’t see any of the surrounding countryside because it’s blocked by fog. Less sun and a higher altitude also means the temperature’s below 70 here. That’s the coldest Jeanide and Ruben have ever been. I’ve been cracking up seeing them wandering around in bulky coats.

Ruben all bundled up.

Ruben all bundled up.

Fog rolling in.

Fog rolling in.

So far, we’ve just tinkered around with the server, walked around the village, met the directors and teachers, and given people a brief introduction to the XOs. Wait, I guess that was actually a lot of work after all.

Teachers getting familiar with the computers.

Teachers getting familiar with the computers.

Setting up the server.

Setting up the server.

Internet troubles are less frustrating when this is the view from your workstation.

Internet troubles are less frustrating when this is the view from your workstation.

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