We finished the foundation! It was very exciting to know that we could get started on ramming earth walls soon. Since a lot of this week involved waiting for the foundation and lower thirds of the cast earth columns to cure, we spent our time digging on site to either remove earth from where there was too much, or add where the ground needed to be raised. We also had a sample metal bracket made, which we will be using for the posts by the patio and to connect our columns to the roof structure. The design worked, and we had 3 made in thicker gauge metal for us to install once the columns are ready to be poured.
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There were times when it would start to drizzle while we were working, which was actually a slight relief from the harsh heat of the sun. One day we got caught in the rain, and several volunteers took the opportunity to shower in the water pouring from the gutters. Dave on the other hand, opted to play soccer/basketball with a few children from the village, with the make-shift soccer goals and basketball hoop made by other volunteers. I was staying dry under the shelter of the roof overhang, until one of the children insisted that I join them to play in the rain. I eventually caved, and had a great time.
This week, the rest of our volunteers from Germany left. Their presence is missed - fortunately, three more of our volunteers arrived to take their place so we weren't too short on hands. The change of team members, along with the rainy weather and waiting for the foundation and cast earth to cure, set a different pace for the week overall. We were able to take advantage of one of our afternoons to go to Adanwomase to see how Kente cloth is made. Then before we knew it, it was time for the four of us to go to Accra for a wedding and to meet up with Jess.
We arrived in Accra and met up with the wife of Dave's cousin. She picked us up from the bus stop then took us to the tailor to pick up our outfits for the wedding. We had no idea what to expect since all we gave were measurements and photos - we didn't know what the style or design was going to be. Aside from some alterations that needed to be made, they turned out great! The next day we all met up again to attend the wedding, which was beautiful. Thank you to Benjie and Karen for extending invites to us!
The ride home was a little less comfortable than our transit to Accra, but still good. We decided on a detour through Kumasi to see their large market, but unfortunately got caught in the rain. We managed a quick walk through it between the VIP bus terminal and to a tro-tro to take us back to Juaben, so we were still able to see a bit of the market.
Word of the day:
Wo ho te sen (how are you)
- Carmen Velez