I was reading MMQB this morning and got to my favorite part, Ten Things I Think I Think. And because I am not that creative and don’t really like writing this blog, I figured I’d just steal it. It’s already halfway through the placement, and things are rolling pretty well. I got some wakkye and a beer, so here he we go;
1) It’s Ramadan! That crazy time of year where people who are Muslim do not take food or water during the day. I don’t get how they do it, it’s hot (in Africa…weird), and people will go all day without any liquids. The family that lives next door is really keen on me trying to fast for a few days and I think I will. If I really want to integrate into Ghanaian culture this is a perfect opportunity, I don’t think I could handle it, I’ve lost enough weight already.
2) I think the difference between rural communities in the north and the urban south is ridiculous. I was in Accra yesterday and found a KFC, and not just any KFC, this place was massive. Contrasting that to the rural villages in the north is really weird, and seeing what Accra is like is a great reminder for what is possible in Ghana.
A huge KFC in Accra
Independence Square in Accra.
3) I think Mole National Park might be the greatest place in the world. The Junior Fellow mid-placement retreat was there about two weeks ago, and we got to safari! We had baboons try to break into one of the rooms, saw warthogs, and ELEPHANTS!
4) I think if Mole National Park is the greatest place in the world, the road there might be the worst. Six hours in a tro-tro going over bump after bump after bump, moving incredibly slow, and getting covered in dust is just no fun at all.
5) I think listening to the women in rural Ghana would be so great, just that most of them can’t speak much English. Women here do everything; work all the time, raise kids, cook meals, clean, farm, everything. During all my time in villages, the mothers of the families were up before I was, were working literally all day, and back in bed before I was. And I don’t get how they do it, but they can carry anything on their heads and be walking and talking completely normally. They are always smiling, always helping, and turn what little they have into delicious food. My mom has definitely been slacking these past 23 years.
6) I think I will end up considering applying for a long term placement with EWB after I graduate next May.
7) I think I’ve been a bit homesick this last week just knowing that Stampede is going down. It’s the best part of summer.
8) I think I’m going through some serious GoT withdrawal. Still haven’t seen the second half of season 3 because there is no wifi. I just watched the Red Wedding on YouTube and whoa, I need to see the rest of the season.
9) I think (I know) that I have been really bad at blogging so far in this placement. Writing in this seems super awkward, but I want people to know what I’m doing and what’s going on in Ghana, so I’ll try to work on it more.
10) I forgot to do an update on work! Since we are a bit short staffed my role has switched a bit to more of operational role. I was down in the south this last week getting contracts signed for a new loan, and this next week I’ll be working with a local farming group on a loan for maize shellers. I really like this switch because I’ll be able to leave contributions behind when I have to leave back to Canada.
Where the Kulemela team gets things done!