Nestled in the hills of Petionville sits a small gated community speckled with modern looking houses, trees, and the sounds of songbirds. You drive down the small rocky road past the security gate and just before it ends you see it: the most amazing Ti Kay in all of Haiti!
Now many of you probably saw the picture above and asked, “Oh my god, it comes with that awesome motorcycle?!?!” Unfortunately for you, you would be wrong. That’s simply our trusty chariot, Pinotage, just gearing up for another adventure through the dusty streets of Port-au-Prince.
Our new pad is a one bedroom loft house that we found after about 3 weeks of searching. We looked everywhere. In Pacot near downtown, in Rue Freres near the new mission house for Jillian’s old organization, in Thomas Son in the mountains above the city. Almost everywhere we looked we found something that we liked, but not loved. When we saw this place, which is just a stones throw from our old house, we both fell in love immediately.
The doors in this house both have really cool metal work on and around them. You’ll see the back door later, be patient! You walk through the door and to your left is our Ti Kitchen, a tiny little alcove of gourmet cooking goodness. What did Jillian and I make as our first meal in our Ti Kay? Cup-of-Noodles, of course.
You exit the kitchen with your cup-of-noodles in tow, and stumble upon our living room/dining room. It’s a large area which contains couches, chairs, and a dining table.
What’s wonderful about this house is that it came fully furnished. Minus some odds and ends in the kitchen (which if you are reading this please send pots and pans that eggs won’t chemically bond to), the place came almost exactly the way you see it. The paintings on the walls were here, all of them originals. The couches, the pillows, the knick knacks, everything.
Having the place be furnished was one of the things that sold us on the house. Some of the other houses that we were looking at had nothing, which in Haiti would have made it a bear to fill in the blanks. The other thing that sold us was what is outside those metal doors in the picture above: an awesome porch!
The porch is so wonderful. It’s surrounded by gardens that are filled with mosquito eating geckos. That’s nice because the house has about a million of the little blood-suckers. There are orange metal chairs surrounding a dinner table on the left, and a sitting area on the right. There’s a little granite bar. I mean, could you ask for anything more? All I need is my father-in-law to get down here and start making some margaritas!
You go back into the house through the artistic metal doors, and walk up the stairs to the bedroom.
The first night we moved in we didn’t have the mosquito net, saying to ourselves, “this house is way too perfect than to have to worry about mosquitoes!” Well, we realized our mistake at around 2am when I woke up practically convulsing because I had been injected with so much mosquito venom. The next day, priority number 1 was to get a mosquito net.
But the coolest thing about the bedroom, other than the wood floors, is the balcony overlooking the awesome porch. We have been eating dinner up there, and it’s a really relaxing place to have a cup of tea. One of the uncoolest things about the bedroom is that the bed is just a tad unstable. When one of us rolls over in the middle of the night, even slightly, it completely and accurately replicates the feeling of an aftershock. Fixing that is the NEW priority number 1.
So there it is, our Ti Kay! If you are reading this post and are not a stalker or criminal, there is an open invitation to anyone who would like to visit. We just had two friends stay for the night, and there was a great time had by all. We even have a large box of blow-pops if your extra good! And don’t worry, we have plenty of mosquito nets so you don’t have to go through a mosquito-venom-induced coma like me.