Gone to Ghana

To Melcom’s and the Market September 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — slrussell @ 6:30 am

Thank you for all the comments! It is really great to hear what is going on with you.  I haven’t yet figured out exactly how to respond to comments…Steve? Suggestions? Sorry to those of you who have emailed and I haven’t replied yet.  We have had easy access to internet this week but no time.  Next week I think will be the opposite so…..no promises.  I do have a cell phone though so if you get a weird text from a really long number starting with 233 that’s me.  It is cheap for me to text (2 cents!) but a fortune for you to reply I’m sure so don’t feel obligated to reply, I just like feeling like I can sort of stay in touch.

It seems like all we have done since getting here is shop. But today Danielle told me that I will probably be living in a government house and will therefore only have what the last occupant left behind and that could quite likely be just a pile of dirt. After asking a few more questions I discovered that this means I probably won’t even have a fridge or stove. Now at home I might not even notice this since I do have a tendency to eat out a lot but from the sounds of it there aren’t a whole lot of places to go in Jirapa and I had been hoping to do some of my own cooking anyway since everything you get here seems to be saturated in oil. So it was off to Melcom’s. For 39 Ghanain cedis (on par with our dollar) I bought a mini pot set, a frying pan, a stainless steel bowl, a cutting board, a set of knives, a decent kitchen spoon, tea towels, and a mini fan. I figure that plus a mattress should get me through the first few weeks at least until I will be going to Tamale to meet up with all of the WUSC staff for their annual meeting. I may be sending Danielle a shopping list before she comes:)

Then we headed to the market. It was very similar to the kind of market you would find in any other country, it just was a little harder to manouver with my big bag of kitchen supplies. Now, I’m not a huge fan of markets, at least when I’m there to buy stuff for real, not fun stuff like souvenirs or gifts for home. But I did enjoy the fabric store. I bought three different fabrics which I will get made into various outfits once up north. Danielle said that it is best to buy here and make there if I really want the best deals. There are 6 metres of each material, which is supposed to be enough for an “up-down” (top and bottom) and the six metres was only 9 cedis. This plus about 8 cedis to have it made and I think that will be a deal. The funny part is that out of an entire shop of hundreds of pieces of material, 3 of us ended up buying almost all of the same fabrics. I can just imagine us showing up some day in matching outfits, skirts complete with ruffles. We will definitely have to do it, even if it’s just for a photo.

One thing I didn’t get a photo of but wish I had was the women carrying the tray of pig’s snouts. I have had a bit of an achy stomach and that nearly put me over the edge. Underneath I believe there was tongue, but I didn’t spend a whole lot of time analyzing the tray before quickly crossing the street. Oh, and you can add screwdrivers to the list of things sold to people in vehicles.

Mom wants to know what the weather is like. It really hasn’t been something I have noticed, so I guess that is good. It is quite humid as we are right on the ocean (although we haven’t actually seen it except from the plane) and it rained a bit today which just added to the stickiness. The temperature is high twenties and although it is warm with the humidity I just keep thinking that it is better than India was. Up north I am told that it will be quite a bit hotter but also much drier. But, it is the rainy season with heavy rains every day so I’m not sure that it really will be dry at this time of year. We will have to see next week. Over and out.

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3 Responses to “To Melcom’s and the Market”

  1. ssrussell Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun so far… If you get bored you could start your own game of “Fear Factor” style challenges: put out a plate of pig snouts, get the webcam going and see what happens.
    =8-D

    I’d say the easiest way to reply to people is to just post a comment. There isn’t a way to respond to anyone directly other than maybe sending an e-mail.

    Gotta run. I’ll post tonight when we get home.

  2. Sandra #2 Says:

    I love that you can post pictures! You know I’m all about seeing photos from “far away places”…

    Fantastic fabrics. I can’t wait to see these up-downs.

    Your malaria tabs really need to be taken with a tonne of fluid. They will be very irritating if they don’t get washed all the way down and will cause a lot of heartburn (which you’ve already experienced). Once you get into the grove of cooking for yourself I’m sure you’ll feel better too.

  3. kristen13 Says:

    I think I need to start calling things by what they are. I love this “up down” idea.
    I’m glad to see you’ve arrived safely and are getting as settled as possible. I’ll have to bookmark this site!


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