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Published: June 22nd 2010
So I have been very slow at posting due to lack of Internet, and I apologize for that so let me catch you up on what I have been doing for the past week!
Saturday June 12: Ghana
I woke up early that morning to get ready to spend the day with a Ghanaian family and see what they do on a daily basis. Gennelle and I were assigned to a family - Gabbi, Cassandra, and Lois! I actually met Gabbi the second day I was in Ghana; he was my tour guide for the transportation in Ghana. He is a graduate from grad school at the University of Ghana and now helps with the NCSU/UNC study abroad programs at the university and is still doing research there. His sisters Cassandra (19 years old) and Lois (his older sister) were amazing and we learned that they were just 3 of 8 children. Anyway, Gabbi was at the university to pick us up and take us to his hometown, Tema, which was about 30 minutes away from Accra. We took a taxi to the front gate of the university, got on a tro tro, and then progressed to change and get onto two other tro tros. It ended up taking about an hour and half to get to his house because the traffic was pretty bad and let me tell you one thing, tro tros are crammed and hot!
We finally made it to his house, which was more like an apartment, and unfortunately the power was out so it was a bit hot. Gabbi, Lois, Gennelle and I went to the market to do the regular Saturday grocery shopping. Saturday grocery shopping in Tema, and Ghana in general, is much different than grocery shopping in the U.S. We got a taxi to the market, which was about 15 or 20 min away. The market was busy busy busy with people doing their shopping. We first went to the grocery store to get a few things then went on to the market to all of the fresh food! The market was narrow and full of fruit, vegetables, raw meats (chicken, fish, and beef mostly), and spices. There were a lot of vendors so there were a lot of choices for the freshest foods. After the adventure in the market we went back to the house to just chat and get to know each other.
We talked about a lot of things then we ate dinner. Dinner was chicken, white rice, and a stew. The stew had tomatoes, carrots, other vegetables and a lot of spices and was really good on the rice and chicken! Also had pineapple and mango for dessert. The power came back on around 5 pm, perfect timing for the US/England world cup game. We stayed and watched the game with them and surprisingly Lois knew all the British players and was a big fan.
We left after the game to go back to the University. As we were riding on the tro tro I heard horns and the tro tro slow down and the next thing I know we were in a tro tro accident. The tro tro had the right of way and a car pulled out in front of us. No one was hurt, the tro tro got the worst of the accident but Gennelle and I just thought that it was funny. It was a successful day with a Ghanaian family.
Sunday June 13: Ghana
This day was our free day to do as we pleased in Accra and also the day the Black Stars (Ghana’s soccer team) played in the World Cup against Serbia. So I slept in and then went to the movie theater at the Accra Mall to watch the game with the local Ghanaians. Amelia, Courtney, and I walked over to a tro tro pick-up area and we met up with a Graduate student, Martin, who we had met a few days earlier to go to the game with. The mall is only about 10 minutes away from campus so we got there about 20 minutes before the game started.
The mall was intense; everyone was decked out in the colors of Ghana (yellow, green, and red) and blowing those loud horns throughout the mall. The movie theater had stadium seating and the mall in general resembled and American mall. We sat in the 3rd row of the theater because there were soooo many people there to watch the game. The theater was loud and full of proud Ghanaians! It was so much fun and it really showed how Africa in general loves soccer. Everyone was going crazy after Ghana scored their first goal and every time Ghana was even close to scoring the crowd went wild. Gennelle came later and brought 4 graduate students from the university and the whole time one of them kept saying “Oh my God you are Ghanaians!” because we were cheering for Ghana; they were a fun group of guys!
That night for dinner the whole study abroad group went out to a Chinese restaurant, I did not think I would be eating Chinese food in Africa. It was really nice and the food was good, but it did make me miss my P.F. Chang’s!
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