First off I’d like to start off by saying all Ghanaians are weather forecasters and should be hired as so. These people know when it’s going to rain hours before the first drop, despite what my weather app says and despite the clear sky and blazing sun.
“It might rain later today.” I respond, Oh it’s going to rain today? “Oh no, no. Maybe.” I’ve been here long enough to know, if they’re saying maybe then it’s definitely going to rain.
The end of last week consisted of 5 storms back to back for 5 days, always starting around 4-5pm. Which resulted in some electrical line failure and well, no power since Thursday and before that we were having 12 hour intervals with no power. I thought I’d get to finally use this solar panel I brought with me, you’re all jealous I know, but we actually got power Sunday afternoon so my battery packs held me over. This was the first time in my three and half months here that the Ghanaians were early. Since their first estimated fix time was Tuesday, I could have sworn that meant next Friday, but to everyone’s surprise they fixed it 2 days earlier (if only we could say the same about our initial end date).
This past week has consisted of roof structure and building windows and we’ve made a solid dent, but that’s also because of the man hours being put into it. 11 hour work days, yup 11 glorious, fruitful hours. The cool thing is we’ve been having VERY interesting conversations with the locals on various topics about homosexuality to if there is a judgement day after death to if I believe in ghosts/souls. It’s definitely interesting to get their input on this cornucopia (we missed thanksgiving) of topics, but it also helps the day go by.
Catrina and I have split into different teams that eventually merge throughout the day. I’m usually up above on the roof while Catrina handles the window designs and everything has been going smoothly. Roof is about 87% completed and looking awesome if I may say so myself. No, but the locals do appreciate our building and word has been going around that everyone seems to have chosen their favorite. I’m not sure if that’s the carpenters blowing smoke or if it’s true, but it’s nice to hear regardless. I’m excited to see the finale, not only because I’ll be able to enjoy the cold weather, but also to see everyone’s hard work create a finished product.
Last week I stumbled upon a blog that was titled Things I Wish I had the Balls to do in Ghana, which has now inspired me to make my own “bucket list” and try to accomplish every task, so stay tuned and until next time!
PS. Shout out to @ebenxzer. If you post an architeach sticker or find one anywhere in the world (yes they’re international) tag us or DM us the photo.