Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 17, 2015

The days are completely blending together; time kind of freezes here and you lose track of it. Yesterday we spent the day in Accra, visiting the markets. We sat and watched some guys carve different items for awhile, which was really cool. I bought a drum for Charlie and was actually brave enough to negotiate for it myself. We had red-red for lunch, which is pinto beans in a spicy sauce and fried plantains. 

It is SO hot. Take the last time you were unbearably hot. Now multiply that times 6 trillion. It's hotter here. I've never sweat this much or smelled so bad. But--it's so amazing. It is a gorgeous country, and the people are so kind.

Last night we went to pick up Lauren from the airport, then got on an 8-hour overnight bus ride to Berekum. Yuck. We were stuck in the very back row of the bus, going down pothole-covered dirt roads. I didn't get a wink of sleep, and we arrived in Senase at 5 am. I've been awake for over 24 hours, but it was such a good day. Our hosts made us breakfast, which we ate in the courtyard of their home with chickens and puppies and kittens running around. We had bread with peanut butter, and fresh mangos right from the trees in their yard.

After that, we explored Senase and Berekum. It was so fun to see everything, and it really is beautiful. Then we packed up all our stuff and went to spend the night at the school.

To get to the school, we took a motorized tricycle. We must've looked ridiculous, with three air mattresses, way too many bags, and five passengers. But we made it! The school is in Akatim, about 20-30 minutes away from Senase. We drove up a winding, bumpy dirt road and when I finally saw the school appear, I couldn't believe it. I've seen pictures of this school a million times and just couldn't wrap my head around the idea that I was actually there, in person, in Ghana. We got set up in one of the kindergarten classrooms, then had dinner (jollof rice--my favorite!) After that, we lit some Chinese wishing lanterns that Chris had brought. We released them along with our positive thoughts and hopes and good vibes and all that hippy stuff. Tons of people from the village showed up to help us, which was awesome because it was something they hadn't seen before.

At bed time, we were all so hot that we lay on the concrete floor for awhile, just to cool off. And that was that! Day 1 in Senase/Akatim was a success.

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