So we have been here now for what's going on 11 weeks and well... it's starting to become a little unpleasant. In the village, the women cook us the same meals every week, so everyone knows what days they hate and what meals they look forward to. I'm also starting to heavily crave certain food.
Five of us went into Kumasi for the day on Sunday, basically to eat and to go food shopping to help us pass time the next couple of weeks. Lunch consisted of pizza and deep fried chocolate ice cream and while I'm still day dreaming and drooling over that ice cream, it's helping the days go by. Also on the trotro ride back to Abetenim we were joined by six locals about our age and one kept trying to get my attention, yelling out "White man, take me to Jamaica, Ghana is too hot." I'm not sure what weather app or website he's using but he could have definitely chose a better country if being too hot is his problem.
The rain season is officially over and the sun is hotter than ever, coming out earlier in the day and making parts of the late morning almost unbearable as we seek shade for a water break more frequently than before. I haven't applied sunscreen on my arms in weeks as my skin has tanned and adapted to the "rain-season sun", but last week I got a light sunburn as the new season announced its presence.
We currently have two volunteers and there are only two other small teams in the village so the setting is becoming more unique. Compared to our first couple of weeks here when there was over 50 volunteers in the village, we are now a cozy group of about 15. We've become a family; always helping each other out, making jokes, and of course accompanying each other to the village bar shack for a well deserved beer or soda.
So far I've got to experience different parts of Ghana such as Mole national park, Accra, Cape Coast, Ada Foah and Dzita. Each place has been different and entertaining, whether it was relaxing on the coast with the sounds of the waves or chasing elephant to their watering hole. Ghana has a diverse landscape, only problem is everything is spread out and transportation takes forever and a day
In other news, progress of the classroom is continuing as we should be finishing up with the walls within the next two and a half weeks, but funds are also reducing as we hit our last stretch. With that in mind, if you happen to be reading this and have been considering donating, please visit our gofundme or venmo, it'll be greatly appreciated.
Till next ArchiTuesday,