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  • Day2

    Ich bin gut in Ghana angekommen. Es ist so heiß hier! Yinka hat mich vom Flughafen abgeholt und und ich freue mich die nächsten 2 Wochen bei ihr zu verbringen!

    English:
    I arrived safely in Ghana. It is so hot here. my friend Yinka has picked me up from the airport and I am looking forward to spending the next two weeks with her.

  • Day5

    Ich habe eine tolle Zeit in Ghana. Yinka hat sich sogar Urlaub genommen, um Zeit mit mir zu verbingen und mich rumzuführen. Accra ist ein interessante Mischung. Reiche Wohngebieten neben Armen, gute Straßen neben Straßen die so schlecht sind, dass ich dachte das schaffen wir nicht; hier bleiben wir stecken. Ich hätte kein besseres Land für den Anfang meiner Reise wählen können. Ich wünschte es gäbe eine Yinka in jedem Land, das ich noch besuchen werde.

    I am having a great time here! Yinka has done an amazing job of making me feel welcome and taking care of me. She even took holiday so she can spend time with me and show me around. We went to a lovely beach today. Accra the capital of Ghana is an interesting mix. Rich areas next to poor areas good roads next to roads which where so difficult to drive I was thinking we would get stuck any moment. But most importantly everybody I met so far has been nice and welcoming. I couldn't have chosen a better way to start my trip. I just wished there was an Yinka in every country I will visit.
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  • Day9

    Pearl eine Bekannten aus Ghana un ich wollen nach Kumasi in das Landesinnere fahren. Mit dem Bus ca 6 Stunden und eine Busfahrt funktioniert hier etwas anders. Ich dachte ich lasse euch daran teilhaben. Wir kommen endlich an der Busstation an. Schöne grosse neue rote Busse. Wir finden unseren Bus und ich frage wann fährt der Bus los. Antwort: wenn er voll ist! Ich: wann ungefähr ist das. Antwort: wenn er voll ist. eine halbe Stunde später: wann fährt der Bus denn jetzt los? Antwort: Wenn er voll ist. Der Bus hat 50 Sitze. Momentan sitzen 4 Leute im Bus. Es hat über 30 Grad im Bus. Wir sitzen hier inzwischen über eine Stunde. Wobei unser Busfahrt lässt sich gerade neben dem Bus noch die Fußnägel schneiden, denke es wird also noch eine Weile dauern. Ich habe mich nach draußen gesetzt und unterhalte mich mit dem Busfahrer der mich gerade überzeugen will, dass ich ihn heiraten und mit nach Deutschland nehmen soll. Und ich möchte ihn überzeugen endlich los zu fahren. Seine Antwort: wenn der Bus voll ist!Read more

  • Day6

    Letzten Sonntag sind wir zuerst in ein Affen Reservat gefahren, wir haben süße Affen gesehen und sind sehr gefährliche Steinberge hochgeklettert sind und zwar nur mit Hilfe eines Seils. Nachdem mir mehrfach gesagt wurde dass ich keinen Affen mitnehmen darf :-( sind wir in ein Strandresort names Aqua Safari in Ada gefahren. Wir hatten viel Spaß. Unten sehr ihr Bilder von uns allen. Yinka, Pearl, Abigail und mich.

    Last Sunday we first went to a monkey reserve where we saw some lovely monkeys and climbed some dangerous rocks with only a robe!!! After I have been told repeatedly that I can't take a monkey with me :-( we drove to Aqua safari a beach resort in Ada. And had great fun there. See pictures of all of us below. below. Yinka, Pearl, Abigail and me.
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  • Day16

    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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  • Day18

    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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  • Day25

    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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  • Day28

    Howdy people,

    Been speaking to lots of you on facebook, but I’ve not really had time to write on here this weekend!
    Had a good weekend!, my family has two houses, one in my little village of Banko and the other in the city of Kumasi (where I am now).

    We came to Kumasi on Thursday (as I get Fridays of school!), and when we arrived we chilled out and got to know the local area a bit. My rooms quite nice with a proper toilet and even a shower! I think I have already said this!

    Anyway on Friday we went to the main market, which is the biggest market in the whole of Ghana, and my god I have never seen so many people in my life! As you know I am a pretty small person and when there are millions of people around you all with big massive packages or bowls of stuff balanced on their heads your life flashes before your very eyes! But good to know nothing fell on me! I bought a pair of flip flops (which have now chewed my feet up) and then we walked 100,000 miles across the packed smelly market to the zoo! Well I was dead excited for this but I had to pay double the price because I’m white! Martin Lutor King needs to work on the whites rights!! Anyway, when we went into the zoo, it was more like a prison for animals, the cages was small, and by small I mean miniature, wouldn't even be fit for an ant. All the animals looked soo hot as there was hardly any shelter, it just discussed me sooo much, and my host father could not understand why I wasn't laughing and smiling!

    Enough of Prison! We made our way back across the packed town and then caught the tro tro home, (mini busses which are packed like tins of sardeens). When we got back some of the neighbours came to the house and two of the lads spoke fluent English!! yey finally! This was pretty good to have some young people I can talk to like a human being not a retard =].

    Saturday we was supposed to go to Lake Bosumtwe (can't spell that either) haha, but it rained soooo hard it would put England to shame! We chilled at the house, and I made my way to the bank slowly too.

    Today we went to the Lake!, was the most incredible experience so far! The weather was perfect and when we got there it was picturesque! Took loads of pictures, and met some more volunteers there too, they are also with Bunac and are on my flight home! yey i have someone to fly home with!
    I will upload some picks at some point, but the computers here will only just let me type!!

    Byeeeee xxxxx
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  • Day39

    Hello

    I'm back in Kumasi again! Btw Kumasi is the nearest city to where I stay and it is 1hours tro tro ride from Banko (my village here). This week at school has been short as the children are on leave from Wednesday dinner to Monday which means I get a extra long weekend!

    Yesterday was a pretty bad day, my family here have had some meat which they have paid for some lads to go and catch some rats and grass cutter, this may sound pretty rank to us, but it’s very valuable here! The family had prepared the meat ready for sale and had it in their fridge at the house, when somebody had stole it over night. The family had not paid for it yet, and they would pay out of the money they received when it was sold, therefore it leaves them with a 50c debt, which is about 25pounds to us! So the family had been pretty upset and the police here is shocking, so it’s left me in a pretty awkward position, but I have already paid out quite a bit for the family for fans for the rooms! Hm.

    ....

    This weekend I have come back to Kumasi and tonight I am stopping in the hostel I stayed in last time, and tomorrow I am going to meet one of the teachers in the town center, where I will find a different hostel to stay in! On Saturday I am going to the hair dressers to see if they can sort my mop out !?! Yeh my roots are pretty bad, so I was going to see if they can dye them for me as they have hairdressers here which specialize in white people’s hair. Everybody here is saying I should get my hair braided, but I don't know if it will damage my hair or not, so if somebody can find out text me it would be great!!

    Sunday I am going to some sort of crafts place or something, and then will go back to my village of Banko where I will start another week of school!!

    The school is pretty good, but there is no English syllabus and my English is pretty poor, as you may of noticed from my blog! So I’m trying to help them as best as I can, but they don't complain so it’s ok!!

    Anyway I’m shooting!
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  • Day45

    I have only 10 minutes to write this entry!

    I'm really enjoying it out here now, I'm back at the school this week, the students are starting to get used to my accent now so I don't have to repeat myself anywhere near as much! I'm getting used to being called Madam too, and if I pick out anything that the students do wrong the other students shout 'beat him madam' haha, i'm like noooo! It’s so normal here for the teachers to beat the students, but they are far better behaved here than in English schools!

    This week I am travelling to the north and going to Mole National Park where I will hopefully find some elephants to bring back with me =] ... Tonight I am making a spag bol for my family as they wont me to cook a English meal, and then I will make some pan cakes another day for them =]

    Ooooo not got long left... I seem to be tanning soo much here, and I didn’t get my hair braided as they didn’t have my colour! eee well, I will write soon and miss you all loads and loads

    btw I’m not in Kumasi I’m in a town called Effiduase near my village of Banko =]

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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