Published: November 23rd 2007November 23rd 2007
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! I missed America yesterday. In fact, I woke up with a heavy heart, thinking of years past, spending the holidays at my parents' house. Pajamas, Macy's Day parade, coffee, scrambled eggs and sausage, a lazy day...then I remembered that, no...I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house for the past three years. If I were in America I would probably be frantically cooking and cleaning, anticipating the arrival of my guests. Funny how I didn't feel as sad after I remembered that fact.
Katy, Nathan, and I (the Americans) walked around the Ejura yesterday saying, "Happy Thanksgiving" to everyone. Of course, they looked at us like we were crazy. We thought about taking the day off of school, as it was a holiday, but since we've missed so many days already because of traveling and renewing our visas, we decided against it.
Instead, we went to an early dinner at Elijah's Egg Stand. Elijah is a man in Ejura and he has a fried egg stand. We occasionally go there to enjoy a protein fix. I also enjoy drinking Fanta there (the orange pop). Then after our sandwiches, we walked to the gas
station to get a frozen chocolate milk (delicious) and then we headed home to eat our dinner of spaghetti and fried yams and plantains. I think we nearly achieved a full-belly feeling.
The ironic thing is that there is a flock (?) of turkeys that roams around the neighboorhood. Everyday we walk through the group on our way to and from school. Yes...we thought about it.
Big news for the week is that construction began on the house. Dada is expanding it to be nearly twice the size. Instead of a "U" shape, it will be an "O" shape. A dining hall, a new library, and two classrooms will be added (I think). It is kind of sad, as the house will be closed in...right now it's so nice to sit on the porch and see the neighborhood.
Four men are working on digging for the foundation. It's all done with handtools. Pick axes and shovels. In the heat of the day. I am so thankful to work in the school! I watch the men dig for approximately ten minutes before I need to take an afternoon nap and drink a liter of water. Yesterday, the lone
digger cut through our water pipe. We were not too excited, as this meant we would have to take "showers" using a bucket of river water. Luckily, it was fixed quickly and no one had to suffer the wrath of the river.
We are on day #23 without electricity.
Today Maaike and I are back in Kumasi. I had a couple more packages to pick up and Maaike had to hit the bank to pick up her wired money from Holland. Our friend, Aminu, is coming to visit us this weekend. He is the bead man we met in Cape Coast and also saw in Koforidua who took us to the bead market and factory. We're meeting him here in Kumasi tomorrow and then we'll head out to Ejura. I told him not to expect much. There's no slave castle or ocean or bead market or waterfall to visit. Basically, we'll probably sit around and play a card game or watch the men dig in the yard and then at about 4:00 we'll walk into town and get a Fanta. That's how life goes in the village.
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