It’s been a whirlwind week for me in Haiti. Between trying to work out, work and all of the other daily tasks associated with living here, I’ve not had much of a chance to catch my breath. Training continues to go well, I’ve increased my run distances and am starting to (finally) feel strong running in the heat and mountains. I have been getting some good bike sessions in as well. Now I just am getting myself physically and mentally prepped to do some hard work before my race.
Work has been busy because the J/P HRO Project I was working on last week has had a “broadening of scope” this week and it’s become a much more complex project. In short, the Ecole Mixte Bethesda in Delmas 32 has some serious structural issues on the second floor of the building adjacent to the one I worked with last week and I am having to come up with a few different proposals for its rehabilitation. It is very rewarding work though. I went to the site on Tuesday to survey this particular building with Brent (another one of the University students) and in doing so, we got a good chance to work together for the first time. After that I’ve been buried in the computer essentially all week, save for a mapping exercise on Wednesday morning.
Above is one of the “details” I will have to fix. It is a 1”x1” steel column that has been inserted into an existing block wall’s sill by removing the top layer of concrete and then welding the steel to the exposed rebar….There are 4 instances of this in the second building at Bethesda; they are all actively holding up the roof structure…kind of.
Last night we all took a well-deserved break from everything here and relaxed while watching some excellent cinema. I never knew how soothing Zoolander could be! We all definitely needed some laughs after what has been a challenging week.
If architecture fails for me, I’m becoming a male model.
p.s. It seems odd to say this but, we leave Haiti exactly 14 days from now. Time has gone incredibly too fast here. I have a good feeling that I will continue coming back though.