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  • ... wenn Hände um 10.15 morgens bereits so aussehen und ich nen Sonnenbrand auf der Nase habe?

    Richtig, dann fängt das Wochenende einfach klasse an - 1 1/2 Stunden Pool genießen 😊

    Wünsche Euch ein wunderschönes Frühlings-Wochenende!

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    ... when hands looks like that and I already have a sunburn on my nose at 10.15 am?

    Right! The weekend starts amazing - 1 1/2 hour enjoying the pool! ☺️

    Have a wundervoll weekend!
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  • March 6th 1957: the former British Gold Coast Colony became independent Ghana. It was the first African colony which received independence in the post-war era. The name "Ghana" was not an area of the today's country it was adapted from the most ancient west African empire. Nkrumah (the most famous founder and former president) meant this "as an inspiration for the further".

    This inspiration should be celebrated today! With very colorful clothes, an overcrowded independence place, performances by the army and much more...

    Btw: the lady in the colorful skirt explained the lady beside her that her trousers are too short! Ghanaian culture - that was also one of the points the president said in his speech: protect the environment, don't forget the culture and work hard, disciplined and stop the corruption!

    We visited two other places too (pictures are added in the next footprints): the president memorial of Kwane Nkrumah as well as James Town with it's light house.

    The memorial is located close to the independence square and contains the funerals of the former president and his wife.

    The light house still works - today without a generator but with solar energy. James town is the oldest suburb of Accra. Today around 120.000 people live here. The living circumstance are quite difficult so that they have once in a while some cases of cholera.

    They are fishermen and they can live from that what the sea gives them. And the overall situation that Ghana built public schools which can be attended for free will help them a lot. (I'm not sure either since September last year or from September this year - I will ask for it again)
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  • It's only possible to add six pictures in a footprint therefore two footprints with pictures.

    The Nkrumah memorial.

  • Wenn du jemals Accra besuchen kommst wirst du feststellen, dass der Verkehr hier stellenweise ein Wunder ist. Ghana hat Regeln und Gesetze, die hier aber eher als Vorschläge akzeptiert sind.

    Katja erzählte bereits im November, dass das Autofahren hier ziemlich kompliziert und gefährlich sein kann. Ich daher recht vorsichtig habe mit Ibrahim eine Fahrstunde vereinbart. Davor wollte ich eigentlich nicht im Dunkeln fahren.

    Aber... was tat ich gestern? Richtig, ich blieb bis 18.15 und die erste Fahrt war natürlich eine im Dunkeln. Aber es war nicht so schlimm wie befürchtet. Wie Ihr seht, ich überlebte :).

    Dann hatte ich heute meine Fahrstunde und ich lernte die folgenden Regeln:

    - wenn man auf einer zwei-spurigen Straße fährt, kann es schon mal sein, dass mind. 3 Fahrzeuge nebeneinander fahren.
    -Motorrad- (Mofa-) Fahrer sind überall: hinter dir, rechts neben dir, links neben dir, und sie kommen einem auf dem Highway auch schon mal entgegen.
    - in Kreiseln braucht man entweder Nerven aus Drahtseilen oder eine gute Hupe
    - Trotros haben immer Vorfahrt
    - Taxis stoppen schon mal mitten in der Fahrt - spontan, ohne sichtlichem Grund (dann nehmen sie an, dass doch jemand mit Ihnen mitfahren möchte)
    - selbst Ibrahim kannte "rechts vor links" nicht
    - eine rote Ampel meint auch nicht immer, dass man anhalten sollte ... (du solltest es lassen, wenn du hinter dir ein Auto mit kaputten Bremsen hast, die Straße frei ist oder der Verkehr über die rote Ampel führt - dann steht da irgendwo ein Polizist).
    - sei vorsichtig im Dunkeln, denn die Menschen laufen überall über die Straßen (auch über den Highway - und schwarze Menschen, mit schwarzem Hintergrund im Dunkeln sind schon mal zu übersehen ... 😳)

    - die Liste wird noch erweitert ... 😉

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    If you will ever visit Accra you will notice that the traffic is a kind of miracle. They have rules and laws - no question about that, but it seems to be accepted as suggestion.

    Katja told me very early that the traffic can be complicated and it can be very dangerous to drive a car. Therefore I was quite careful and I had already agreed on an appointment with Ibrahim for a driving lesson before I didn't want to drive too much and especially not during the darkness.

    But.. what did I do yesterday? Right I stayed until 18.15 and I had to drive the first time by darkness. Actually it was not that complicated I thought. As you can see, I survived.

    And today I had my driving lesson and I learned the following rules:

    - if you drive on a two lane road its possible that at least three cars drive beside each other
    - motorbikes are everywhere - behind you, on the left, on the right and it's possible that they come towards on the highway
    - in roundabouts you must have nerves of steel or a good horn
    - Trotro have always right of way
    - Taxis can stop very spontaneously and accidentally (if they believe there is someone who wants to go by taxi)
    - even Ibrahim doesn't know the "right of way rule"
    - the red traffic light means not every time that you should stop ... (you shouldn't if you have a car behind you without fixed brakes, if the street is without traffic, if the junction is overcrowded and everybody drives through (than you have to look for the policeman)
    - be careful in the darkness: the people are used to cross the street - even the highway and black people, with a black background, in the darkness are very difficult to see 😳

    - this list will be continued 😜
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  • Hab ich Euch schon erzählt wie nett ich hier wohne? Ich hab mal wieder super "Dusel" gehabt... es ist sehr schön und super gelegen. Ich brauch zu allen wichtigen Orten nur 10 bis 20 min. Perfekt!

    Der Hammer ist aber meine Vermieterin und Ihre Familie. Die kümmern sich echt super lieb um mich. Da haben wir zweimal Stromausfall gehabt und sie kümmern sich sofort um einen Generator, der angeschaltet wird, sobald der Strom ausfällt. Und da sage noch einer, Ghana sei langsam: der war innerhalb von zwei Tagen hier und angeschlossen! 😅

    Heute kam dann die kleine Oforiwa (5 Jahre alt, Tochter von Nana, Schwester meiner Vermieterin) und sagte uns, dass ihre Großmutter uns kennen lernen möchte. Ich also hoch, mich umgezogen (geht ja nicht, dass ich mit kurzer Hose und Top da auflaufe, also rein ins Kleidchen) und rüber. Eine super nette Lady, die mir sagte, als sie hörte, dass ich bald allein bin, dass ich nun mit Ihnen eine neue Familie habe... goldig oder? 😍

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    I am really glad to live here in my new house. It's perfect located, I need to all interesting places only 10 to 20 min! Perfect!

    But the best is my landlord and her family. They take care for me so well. After twice times without electricity they bought a new generator with it I have electricity when the public electricity breaks down. And this was very fast: within two days they had a generator and it works! Everybody says in Ghana everything takes a long time - no not here!

    Today Nanas little daughter Oforiwa (5 years old) came to me and said that her grandmother wants to meet me. Ups... I ran in my sleeping room, dressed up (it's not possible to meet her in short trousers and a top) and went to her. She is a very nice lady! She said, when she heard that Christian is going to leave me tomorrow, that I have a new family here... lovely! 😍
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  • Ich versuche gerade, meinen "normalen" Tagesablauf in Accra aufzubauen. Heute ein neuer Versuch, der damit begann meine Nachbarn komplett zu verwirren: was macht die weiße Frau da in der übergroßen Badewanne und das morgens um 6.30h? 😂 ich fands klasse im Pool! Es war ein toller Start in den Tag!

    Meine erste Erfahrung mit UBER konnte ich heute auch machen (Ihr kennt den "Taxi-Service", bei dem man mit privaten Wagen gefahren wird und das Auto über eine App bestellt?). Man kann auf der App sehen welches Auto zu einem kommt und der Typ war echt klasse. Isaac und ich standen am Tor und fragten uns die ganze Zeit ob der sein Auto trägt oder wirklich fährt - der war so langsam 🐢! Aber er kam und ich kam super pünktlich an.

    Die offizielle Übergabe zwischen Katja und mir bei CUA - des Verbandes der Genossenschaftsbanken (nicht wirklich vergleichbar mit unseren Vobas). Ich traf den General Manager Nana Agyepong bereits auf der Treppe - denn ich war ja überpünktlich 😉. Unser Meeting war nen bisschen komisch, das lag aber an einem Missverständnis zwischen Katja und mir. Ich hoffe es war trotzdem okay, so dass ich guter Hoffnung bin, die nächsten zwei Jahre prima mit denen zusammen arbeiten zu können.

    Nach dem nächsten Meeting - dieses Mal mit der GIZ - fuhr mich Ibrahim zum Einkaufen. Dort erstand ich "Happy". Der Name ist Isaacs Idee aber ich fand ihn klasse! "Happy" macht happy (auch wenn ich oder vielleicht auch weil ich beim zusammen bauen eine Schraube übrig hatte 😂)!

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    I try to find my new "normal" working day. I have started today with confusing my new neighbors: what does the white woman do in the big bath tub at 6.30 in the morning? 😂 I Love the pool 🏊. It was a great start in the day!

    My first experience with UBER was so funny. Ones can see which car is going to pick you up. "My car" was so slowly that we were not sure if the driver would drive or would carry his car. But everything went fine I arrived punctually so that I will use this system again!

    The official handing over in CUA - the association of the credit unions. I met GM Agyepong already on the stairs (because I was very punctually 😂). Our meeting was a bit strange - misunderstanding between me and Katja. Nevertheless I hope It was okay so that I guess we will have a great and effective time the next two years.

    After the next meeting - this time with the German GIZ - Ibrahim and me went to Shoprite and I bought "Happy". The name was Isaacs idea but he is completely right - "Happy" makes happy (even although I have a screw too many 😉)!
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  • Some impressions of James Town

  • Where do I start...

    Yesterday the flight was long and boring, there was 5 us on the flight and we had sooo much to talk about, although towards the end we was just staring at the moving map, which the time go by. The skyline coming down into Ghana was pretty breath taking, and as soon as we touched down and started getting off the plane the heat hit us 28degrees and it was night time! We sort of needed it though as on board the plane it was cold!

    As we moved into the airport and started collecting our baggage the reality hit us(mainly me) that we was the ONLY white people in sight, we collected our baggage and got our passports stamped etc... We was looking out for a person with a SYTO sign (the company we are with), we saw them they welcomed us, and then the mad rush started, pushing our way through people in the dark, all wanting to speak to us begging us for money.

    We crossed a road but they just drive at you! We followed this guy towards this bus where they threw our luggage through the window, and loaded us on where they drove (well if thats what you call it) to the hostel where I am now.
    The hostel is nice, clean and tidy with a dinning area. We was shown to our room, which is the tinest room you have ever seen. There was two girls already here one from Germany, Hannah and the other from Holland (I forgot her name lol), and then the four of us girls, Me, Hannah, Emma, Salma. Amazingly we had a shower that was warm and refreshing, pretty early night was we was all tired!

    TODAY...
    OMG where do I start.. We all got up fine and got ready for the day, where we had breakfast - cornflakes and then we all climed onto the mini bus and headed to the SYTO office.

    The heat was about 30 degrees today, so the air conditioned office was a god send. Vinsent (our guide for the week) ran through loads of safety information and what should we be aware off and what not too.
    After our chat at the office, we went too exchange our pennies at the booth next to the office. The guys who wanted to cash travellers checks couldnt change their money there so we moved to the bank and parked out side. The ones of us who stayed in the mini bus suddenly got hounded by people of the street begging and offering to make us things, they are soo persistant and will not go, I think this is where I learn't the art of haggling as I paid 10cedi for two bracelets haha one with my name on =]=]... When we was leaving they was running after the bus, out into the road (remembering there is no laws on the road lol)!

    After here we moved to the local market in Accra, This was an experiance I will never forget:

    The paths there dirty and there was just enough room for single file between the stalls, all you could smell was fish and guess what - they are nothing like the sea food in morrisons, its dirty and stacked up never mind staring at you! Some people was nice going through the market, others were a bit cautious of us. If you say hi people generally say it back and are very pleased you recognised them. The men will always approach us, yet the women will want you to speak to them first I have found.
    I have sooo much more to write and my time is running out! Its still megga hot, so we make our way through the market and over to a cafe... Cafe was really quite pleasant, although was really noisy but saying that everywhere in Accra is noisy you sort of blank it out a bit.

    The menu seemed Ok, mainly rice and chicken and moving down to soup, I had a goat soup with a type of dough but I forgot the name of this, when the food came, the Goat was nice tasted pretty much like beef but the rest was not the best! I think the lady waiting on got abit offended by everybody leaving their food but eee well she will get over it.
    After food we had a tour of the political areas and also drove round some really poor areas. Its shocking to see how some people live although this is proof that money is not everything as they all seemed so happy! After that we moved to another market where I bought a drum and a t-shirt the t-shirt might as well be a nighty as its soo big but I think thats just my rubbish chosing lol!

    Anyways we soon moved back to the hostel where we was staying and as it was only 4 we thought we would wander round where we were staying, where we met the most amazing family in the world! All so friendly and keen to meet us.

    I will show you all the pics when I can upload them! On our way back we bought some pineapple and munched it while waiting for tea and a sigh of relief we had spag bol !
    Now I'm writing this blog! Don't know when I will next write, but your all pretty much up-to-date. Its soo hard to put the surroundings into words as there really are no words to describe!!

    Miss you all - well a little!
    Ne ways toodles!! xxxxx
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  • Akwaaba,

    Didn’t get chance to write yesterday. Yesterday was a hectic but fantastic day. Started early and ended late, first we went to the SYTO office and went through some more important things that we need to know. We then wandered round the local area of Accra looking at the stands and visiting the local supermarket which was good fun. Getting lunch in an English (expensive) restaurant which seemed weird listening to our music and not reggae.

    After we had had lunch we went back to the SYTO office to have our Drumming and Dancing lessons which was fantastic. We have been offered if we want a drum making for us we can have our names etc carved into it, which I’m thinking about! When we finished we moved back to the hostel to get ready for a BEACH PARTY! wooop. The Beach party started at 9 and finished about 4 in the morning, although we left about 12ish as we was kind of getting smoked out! The party was soo picturesque, trade stands around the outside and a reggae band on stage, with a bar to the right, straight ahead was the sea, which was coming in rather fast, but sitting and listening to the waves and the laid back music having a dance was amazing. The smell of weed got stronger and stronger even though weed is not legalised over here it’s very common.

    This morning was extremely hard to get up, I mean I have enough problems back home haha. This morning we went for a cooking lesson which was an experience and a half! Wafting them coal pots sure tones your arms lolol. The food is very fatty and greasy and I'm really not keen on much of it, so fruit from the market is mainly my diet this week! I have been told that when we start our placements and we do not eat our food it will be seen as offensive... yeah I think I'm going to offend a few people! eee well MANGO MANGO MANGO again will be fine!

    The issue at the banks was really quite upsetting and annoying today, we have all brought out travellers cheques from the UK and they will not except them with out our passports and the receipts of the cheques, and the receipts is the part I do not have! Our passports are handed to the SYTO office as we all need our visa extended (this does not mean I’m staying out here longer tho haha). This now leaves my cheques un-useable!! grrr!, and then I have tried my card in the machine and that did not work either, this meant I was stuck in the middle of Africa with only about 20cedi! Anyways after loads of arguments and issues we found out that my card was blocked due to 'fraud' and we have sorted it out! I will need to phone home screaming DADDDDD when I soon run out of money on my card! Please note that we was stuck at the bank for near enough 3 hours!!!

    Tomorrow at 5.30 I set off to Kumasi which is another huge town where I will meet my family for the next 2months and I will travel to Banko which will be my village I am staying. The placement is the part I really can not wait for and I hope it really goes well!

    There is sooo much more I could write on here but there really is not enough hours in the day! I might find it hard to write as often as I can now over the next few weeks, but leave me a comment on facebook and I will get back to you as soon as I can! I do have a Ghana number out here which I will give out to you guys!

    Anyways Toodles xxx
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  • Hi Guys,

    I have now spent nearly a week at my host family’s house. I have quite a large bedroom with a double bed!! woop, I was really bothered about the wash facilities before I arrive, but I have a proper toilet and also a wash room, although my shower is a bucket! That’s not as bad as you think, as you really don’t want hot water out here, you will be way to hot, so its not THAT bad. Not saying I wouldn't pay 100pounds for a proper shower at this moment in time! lol.

    The family is really nice, although only 1 member speaks English, and even that is pretty limited, so as you can imagine I’m a bit of a mute here which is really lonely at times! But my mum says when I feel lonely that I should look at the stars so I do! My placement is really good, I am teaching form 1s and forms 2s, which about year 7-10's in English schools, and their English is really quite good.

    All the teachers at the school are really good at speaking English and live near by, which helps sooo much! When the children are naughty here they use the cane, when I saw this, it upset me quite allot, I don't think its right to hit the children.
    Food is a huge issue for me here, there is not allot I really like, other than rice, egg, bread and pasta, oh yeah and fruit, so along with the miles of walking I appear to be loosing a bit of weight YEY! I’m also burnt to a crisp and peeling... mmm no makeup, hair everywhere and peeling ooo so attractive!

    I am spending this weekend in Kumasi, which is the nearest city to where I am staying, I have just arrived, and the good news is a have a en-suite!

    I'm gonna have to shoot my family is waiting outside for me and are hungry... not a good mix! I will write again hopefully tomorrow if not this weekend!

    Hope your all taking care, and missing me!!

    Love youuuuu xxxxxxx
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Ghana, Ghana, Gaana, ጋና, غانا, Qana, Гана, Gana, ঘানা, གྷ་ན།, Ghana nutome, Γκάνα, Ganao, قانا, Ganaa, Gána, ઘાના, גאנה, घाना, Գանա, ガーナ共和国, განა, Ngana, ហ្កាណា, ಘಾನಾ, 가나, غەنا, ການ່າ, ഖാന, ဂါနာ, ଘାନା, ګانا, Ganäa, ඝානාව, கானா, ఘానా, กานา, Kana, گانا جۇمھۇرىيىتى, گھانا, Gha-na (Ghana), Ganän, Orílẹ́ède Gana, 加纳, i-Ghana