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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra January 1st 2014

The tentative plan for today was look at land and go to the beach. Sounds great to me. Rosemary, Frank, and I hit the road. I drove the whole time, including on their version of the freeway! When I was 11, my aunt Helen taught me how to drive a stick in an old Samurai on back farm dirt roads. I use that skill once or twice per year. This is real life practice. Downshifting in traffic, watching for motorbikes to come out from behind you, dodging taxis… Crazy. I think I did okay though. We picked up another guy to guide us to the plots of land that are for sale. I did fine driving until he started being the one giving directions. He would talk to Frank and Rosemary in another language, then tell ... read more
Pretending to Be Scared
More Driving
Land

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra December 30th 2013

Frank woke me up early and said the mechanic was here. I said, “I’ll hold down the fort,” and rolled back over to go to sleep. Once I got up, Frank and I went to get cash. On the way, we saw a woman dressed differently from the others. He said she is a refugee from Mali. There are several living here in our part of town. They have been here for a while but still have no permanent anything. From my understanding, refugees are allowed to live here, but no one is really helping them with anything. The mechanics came to the house and fixed the car. It cost about 15 bucks. It turns out the wheel on the spare tire was not the right size, so it was rubbing on the breaks. Even though ... read more
Kantamento Market
The Girls!

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra December 29th 2013

In honor of Sunday, we all laid around until about 2 or 3. It was perfect. Napping and resting and not sitting in traffic. Then, Frank and I took off for the beach without the kiddos. I thought we were just going to the beach near the art centre that we saw before. It turns out we were going to a beach resort. Bojo Beach Resort. (He said, “The only difference between a regular beach and a resort beach is here they clean up the poop.”) There was white sand and grass-topped cabana things surrounded by palm trees. It was exactly what you’d expect at a tropical resort. We swam and played in the waves. We splashed each other and dinged around and enjoyed ourselves. I got worn out from the heat and whatnot, so I ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra December 27th 2013

I woke up around 630, I think. I was cold, sort of. The overhead fan was blowing like crazy, and I liked the breeze, but I wanted a barrier between me and the air. (I’m just sleeping on a mattress- no top sheet or blankets.) I covered myself with a towel and laid back down I listened. To Africa. I love that sound. Birds chirped and leaves blew outside as people shuffled around in their flip-flops (slippers). The fan clicked overhead. Chickens clucked, and a dog whined. I smiled and fell back to sleep. A few hours later, it was time to get up for real. Rosemary made Frank and I porridge- roasted cassava, ground up and cooked in water. It was fine, but not my favorite, mostly because it was really hot. Alex and Rita ... read more
Kiddos
Frank and I
Clean Room?

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra December 26th 2013

(I am having to write these at night and post the following day. This one isn't finished. I'll try to add more to it when I can.) Logistics: Frank and I went to midnight mass on Tuesday evening, as is tradition for his family. That also meant we were up very late Christmas morning. Tato woke me up with some sort of singing toy and told me it was time to do Christmas. He’s older now, so it’s fewer gifts that are much more expensive. Dad made breakfast, and he and I headed to Frank’s house. Frank wasn’t quite ready, but we got to the airport in time anyway. We sat in the last row of the small plane and went to Seattle. While waiting at the terminal, I asked for a picture of the two ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra November 9th 2013

This was the fourth trip Kwesi and I did together to Accra. Kwesi has gone each year but I missed a few in between! The plants around Kwesi's mom's house are beautiful. We spent about ten days visiting in Accra with Kwesi's mom and also touching base with Faustina, the director of True Vision Ghana (TVG: www.truevisionghana.org). Fausti and I managed to get a shopping day in to buy crafts that I then help to sell in Canada to raise a bit of money for TVG.... read more
Meghan and Faustina
Baby goats at home
Amazing cactus at home

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra July 28th 2013

I woke up to the sound of the rain lashing down outside today. We are in the rainy season, but it tends to just rain for a few minutes every few days and then the sun comes out again. Not today though, it rained most of the morning. It was quite nice to get a hoody out of the wardrobe and wear that - made a nice change from wearing t-shirt and shorts, even though it was warm enough to. But it felt cosy to be all rugged up in a nice warm hoody. Upon leaving my room, I found out that Rusky had somehow got locked indoors overnight, and had a) pooed all over the floor and b) thrown up on the rug. We all just stood there staring at it, until Gorka went and ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra July 27th 2013

Today, we were taking the kids from school to the beach. At least, that's what we thought (damn translation issues). Turns out that even though we were going to Kokrobite beach, we weren't actually going to the beach. It's also the name of a place. So we got to school at 9am, ready. The kids were practising their drumming and dancing they'd be doing. So cool. In typical Ghanaian fashion, the bus didn't turn up until 11am though. We all piled on. Now bear in mind that this bus was the size of a very small van, and there were 40 or so children with us....everyone was crushed up and sitting on laps. Georgina, one of the 11 year olds at my school sat with me, and she is now my new buddy and won't leave ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra July 26th 2013

Seeing as I'm "working" tomorrow (going to the beach with the kids from school), I took today off. This morning, myself, , Kat, Shauna and Ryan attempted to go to the art market, as Shauna wanted to buy an African drum. But her bank account wasn't playing ball, and she couldn't get any money. So we went home. Shaun sorted out her money stuff, and in the afternoon, we decided to go to the mall. As soon as we got there, we headed for the ice-cream place, and I got two scoops - one of chocolate and one of orange, so it tasted like a Terry's chocolate orange (yum). Then we headed to the supermarket, and I stocked up on coke and chocolate, seeing as they don't seem to sell chocolate anywhere here in Teshie-Nungua (apart ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra July 24th 2013

This morning I went to school as usual. Lucy, the teacher I work with was off, as her son Elijah (who is 2) is in hospital. He has malaria. So there was a teacher in there from the nursery, setting work. Except the students didn't have books or anything. I helped as much as I could, based on what we'd been doing the last few days. Breaktime came as a welcome relief, as the kids weren't getting much done, and we couldn't find half of the stuff they needed to do their work, so they were just sitting there annoying those who were working. Alfred actually wrote a whole word, copied from the board, which was a vast improvement from normal At breaktime, I got out my camera. The kids were so excited and they wanted ... read more




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