I promised myself I would not make long entries. Sorry!
Time flies. We have been in Ghana for over a month now and continue to live with Carlos’ friends. Our 40’ container arrived at the end of last week, so now the process (which can be harrowing) of getting it out of the harbor and clearing Ghana customs ensues. Wish us luck!
Our neighborhood is located outside of the capital of Accra. The journey can take upwards of an hour depending on the traffic and traffic is horrendous!
I fill my days hanging out with Amerley and Palmer. I am not quite sure what we do in between breakfast, lunch and dinner; washing dishes; changing diapers; hanging the clothes out to dry; playing outside; taking a nap and bathing. Before I know it, another day has passed.
So I don’t go incredibly stir crazy and I have some form of adult social interaction; each day we walk outside of our housing community. Basically, there is one paved road with food stands and a local grocery store. Patience and Mary, the security guards at the entrance to the gate are teaching me Twi, which I practice on Elizabeth who sells roasted plantains and roasted corn, the ladies who sell other fruits and vegetables and Naa who owns the local grocery store. Ghanaians love it when I attempt to speak Twi! It doesn’t always go as planned, but I am trying! We often buy bananas, brown bread (wheat bread), biscuits (cookies) or ice cream (frozen individual sachets of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream).
The neighborhood we live in is made up of about 200 homes. Most of the homes are under construction so throughout the day there are masons, electricians, painters, plumbers, cabinet makers, gardeners, you name it. I practice my Twi with the workers as well. I am called Obroni (white person), which is totally acceptable and my retort, which always gets a laugh is Obibini (black person). The neighborhood is mostly Ghanaians, although one afternoon I saw two Caucasians leaving in a car so I may not be the only one! I recently learned one of the houses has a swimming pool via Google Earth! Now, aside from scaling the tall wall, I need to find out how I can access this pool!
I am currently teaching three online classes right now. It is challenging, but I am managing. Carlos has three universities that have said they want to hire him, but everything is a process and takes time. Ah, the slow pace of life… when you want it to speed up, it doesn’t! We are hopeful. He is supposed to begin teaching classes next week!
By Friday I am feeling the need to go somewhere… anywhere! We usually hit the Accra Mall for a mocha. No Starbucks, but it works! There is a food court, a Puma and Birkenstock store, furniture stores, gift shops, large grocery stores, etc. Last Saturday, Ludicrus (the singer) was at the mall!
This past Saturday we went to PramPram Beach, which has a small restaurant. It is a 20 minute drive from our house!
Palmer is so easy going, happy and social although he gets into everything now! He has two more teeth coming in, adding to his four. Aside from momma and papa; he now says wawa (water), Naa (Naa Amerley), hot and boo (breast milk). He roars like a lion and barks like a dog.
Amerley is as feisty as ever! I wonder how much is the terrible-three stage, trying to cope with her new life in Ghana or a mixture of both. Ghana has brought about MANY changes to name a few; there isn’t a Trader Joe’s, there is no Jamba Juice at the mall, the electricity is intermittent, our water supply was out for more than four days, there are no play dates and frequent trips to the library, her toys haven’t arrived yet, its hot and muggy, she drinks hot cocoa blended with bitter malaria prophylaxis and she doesn’t get to see her Nana. You are probably thinking this is a no-brainer, but wait… I think I forget to question this transition because for me life in Ghana is simple and relocating has been what I have always yearned for. Yeah, things don’t work as efficiently as in the US… so the lights go out, we have to take bucket baths, there is no concept of customer service, time is of little essence and hopping across town in traffic isn’t an option; but life is uncomplicated, easy, peaceful and relationships take precedence. What is not to love?