Fourth of July Weekend in Jacmel


Grog moi, ti cigarette moi...

Grog moi, ti cigarette moi...

Tomorrow, Monday, the 4th of July,  we’ll be splitting into three teams and traveling to remote parts of the Southeast Department.  But over the weekend we kicked back and headed to the beach.

The beach was nice and sandy. The water was warm. And we all had a swim.  Emmet brought his guitars and song sheets and he and Tina sang some duets and got the rest of the beach singing along — including some of the locals.

At first the local musicians just watched and listened.  But Emmet played a familiar local song and that was their cue to join in.  They started playing along.

Here’s the song:

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

Grog moi. Ti cigarette moi.  Ti alumette moi. Se ou qui pou bu mwen.

The translation:

Give me a drink. Give me a cigarette. Light me up.  It’s you who does this for me.

After that, the local musicians played some songs for us, including Auld Lang Syne. The lead was the guy on the banjo.  They were pretty good.

On Sunday we hung out at the hotel, making last minute changes to the system.  One of the problems we discovered in Haiti was that the modem we had been using in Hartford didn’t work very well with Digicel’s network.

Emmet's back yard

Emmet's back yard

After fussing with the modem all day, Trishan finally figured out that the it worked best with Emmet’s Voila SIM card.   So we filled it up with minutes in preparation for the field tests in Belle Anse, Grande Grosier, and Cote de Fer.
On Sunday night we had a great dinner at Emmet’s house, which is right on the cliffs overlooking Jacmel Bay.  Check out that view.

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