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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 16th 2012

Another packed day lay in store. Duke and I woke up super late and we scrambled to get our gear together and have enough time to eat before taking off. In what was probably our nicest accommodation yet, I was insistent on indulging in the breakfast provided and I needed to fuel up asap. Ultimately we had about 10 minutes to chow down before loading up on our new and improved mini bus. Everyone was pretty quiet on this morning as we headed to the Manhyia palace in downtown Kumasi. It was built in 1925 by the British and housed the King of the Ashanti, and is now a museum showcasing Ashanti royalty and their interesting history. The Ashanti once controlled a great empire stretching over a vast swath of West Africa and used a golden ... read more
Cape Coast Castle
Crocodile
Beachfront

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 16th 2012

I had a nice, short, informative blog entry all typed up when "blip" off went the electricity. The blog didn't seem long enough to have clicked "save" several times or even one time. Now I have a "Do Over"... Kirk and I both began our careers as missionaries with and organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM). We met, married and moved to Ghana under the authority of YWAM/Mercy ships. Once someone is involved with this organization it seems YWAM is forever in your heart. Kirk is this week's teacher for the Discipleship Training School. DTS is a five month course which emphasizes on your relationship with God. Each week focuses on a different topic. The first three months of lecture are followed by two monthis of outreach, evangelism and humanitarian help. Our being here this ... read more
"Boadi" one of my former students
The Circus Came to Ghana!
We were all there

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti June 6th 2012

Now that there are 5 teachers at the school in Apebouso, there's no need for me to spend so much time there so I homeschool Praise, Abigail in town. Being in town so much has it's own set of challenges - one being that Abigail and I get bored. Yesterday we decided to bake cookies to perk ourselves up. Abigail wanted to make cookies AND donuts. Of course, then Praise wanted to make his own batch of peanut butter cookies. Praise's made it thru their mixing stage and time in the oven. As I expected, the oven mouse JUMPED OUT when his little toes got too hot from the lit oven. We had cookies baking, Kirk & Praise chasing a mouse with brooms and Abigail standing on a little stool mixing her dough . . . ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti May 1st 2012

It has been over one year since my last blog entry. I wasn’t even sure I would still have access to the site. As we begin each new year we generally have a hope, idea and/or anticipation of basic events to come concerning family and work. The events of 2011 turned out to be very different from what Kirk and I had anticipated. In April 2011 my father informed me that he had been diagnosed with cancer - stage 4 - and asked if I would come home. May 8th Kirk took me to the airport and for the next six months he played the roll of “Mr. Mom”. Chemo treatments began within the month and continued through September. My father had a good summer despite the fact that chemo had no real effect on the ... read more
Oh . . . our encyclopedias!
A Few of the Crew
Our Own Tom Sawyer

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi February 19th 2012

The Central Market in Kumasi is the largest market in all of Western Africa. With approximately 12,000 vendors within a 20-block radius one can find just about anything. There are recycling sections where new uses are found for scrap metals. Small, hot shacks where half a dozen men are making shoes or sewing children’s uniforms. Further down the narrow maze of alleyways that make up the market, there are sections of beads, music, house wares, clothes, food… it goes on and on, anything you want you can find in this market. And one’s choices for any given thing are extensive. You can take your pick from dozens of vendors all selling similar if not the same items. As I navigate the narrow, dusty walkways between the stalls, stopping to take a closer look at this or ... read more
bird's eye view of the market
a local shoe maker
passageway

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi November 3rd 2011

vi er begyndt at have afleveringer hvilket vi ellers ikke har haft før. Det er nogle gange lidt svært fordi vi skal sætte os ind i forhold omkring ghanesisk politik og økonomi. Men det er nu også spændende nok. Jeg har bestilt to kjoler ved en skrædder - er så spændt på om det bliver godt. Vi gik med hen til den skrædder Daria havde bestilt en kjole ved og så den hun havde fået lavet. Daria havde aftalt med ham at han ville give lidt afslag til os alle tre hvis hun tog os med derhen. Skal give 15 cedi(=55 kr.) for at få syet en knæ-lang kjole. Har stadig et stykke stof liggende som jeg ikke helt ved hvad jeg skal have syet af - bortset fra at det skal være en lang kjole... ... read more
Skiltet ved vores fakultet
Vores fakultet
De males kun forsiden af bygningerne..

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi October 25th 2011

Okay okay, nu er det ved at være ALT for lang tid siden jeg har fået gjort noget ved den her blog... FY Regitze! Og samtidig har jeg heller ikke skrevet dagbog i 2 uger, så har ikke liiige helt styr på hvad vi har lavet de forskellige dage Oooops. Men her kommer en lille beretning om det jeg kan huske - det er jo nok også det mest spændende. Fredag d. 7. inviterede vi Zel, Doris og Georgevich til frikadeller og rødvin, det var et hit! Georgevich var vild med sovsen og det endte med at vi gav Zel resten af frikadellerne med hjem fordi han var så glad for dem. Det var en super hyggelig aften hvor vi endte med at sidde ude på svalegangen og drikke øl :) Vi skulle op kl 2 ... read more
Sommerfugl
Sommerfugl
Sommerfugl

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi October 6th 2011

D. 1 oktober er Nigerias uafhængighedsdag, så fredag d. 31 september var der fest i gården på New Brunei, som ligger lige ved siden af Old Brunei hvor vi bor. Vi skulle selvfølgelig over og se hvad der skete og blev mødt af et noget vildt syn: 400 fulde nigerianere der lejede med ild - en dårlig kombination vil nogle måske mene. I et hjørne af gården var der et skuffende lille bål (de havde reklameret med bonfire) men rundt på svalegangene var der masser af ild i spraydåser med insektgift. Når spraydåserne så var tomme blev de smidt på bålet... Der var også en DJ og nogle få dansede på basket banen. Klokken 23:03(!) var der nedtælling til midnat, tidspunktet skyldtes dels at Nigeria er en time foran Ghana og at en eller andens ur ... read more
Fetish-præsten og mig med bast-skørt
Ali og Birgitte
Pip!

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti October 2nd 2011

Hello people, I haven’t written one of these in a while and I know how much you’ve all missed them so here goes. I’ve always intended to visit Africa, and I’ve finally got round to doing it via signing up to do 9 weeks of volunteer work in Ghana. On the 7th August 2011 I flew to Accra the capital city of Ghana to start my 9 weeks of volunteer work. The flight from Heathrow left at 9:50am and I Arrived at Accra at around 7:00pm where I was picked up in a car by SYTO (the Ghanaian company who organize the volunteer work) and taken to the Pink Hostel where me and the fellow eight volunteers would be staying during our “orientation week” in Accra. It was an earlyish start the next morning so I ... read more
Crazy Crab Coffin
National Cultural Market
Independance Square

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 30th 2011

Ja, der er altså ikke sket det store siden sidst. Vi går i skole og kæmper ellers lidt med varmen. Mandag i uge 6 var vi ude i regnen på bare tæer. Det var enormt rart at blive kølet lidt af, og så minder det én lidt om Danmark. De tror vist alle sammen er vi er blevet tossede, det er altså kun børn der gør den slags og desuden så bliver man jo forkølet! Vi har kogt yams for et par gange nu, det smager stort set som kartofler :) Den ene dag havde vi fået noget ghanesisk mad af to af pigerne fra klassen, men vi brød os helt ærligt ikke om det. De bruger et eller andet i maden som har en meget karakteristisk smag som vi ikke bryder os om. Men det ... read more
Birgitte er flittig
Pipfugl
Solnedgang




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