By Katie Caldwell
Yesterday morning after breakfast (peanut butter banana pancakes-because our cook Mia is amazing) we visited the botanical gardens of Les Cayes, down the street from the American university that we toured a few days before. I had fairly low expectations for the trip because most of what we’ve seen in the cities of Haiti is underdeveloped compared to what I’m accustomed to, but it was actually really amazing. The head gardener there was the Dean of Agriculture at the AU and had a degree in his field from Cornell so we basically got a tour from the best botanist in Haiti. Afterwards we trucked back home to regroup and then headed to downtown Les Cayes to check things out. We spent about two hours wandering around the area and got to see some of the oldest buildings in the Western hemisphere, like the old church in the center of downtown. We also got to walk through the hospital and down to the port where all the debris of Port au Prince from the earthquake has washed up. When we got back to the guesthouse the crew from FUMC had arrived and we were all pretty exhausted, so we spent the rest of the day prepping for the classes at Darivage and wound down the night with dinner and debriefing.