Gone to Ghana

Where’s My Habit? September 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — slrussell @ 4:46 pm

When we arrived in Jirapa, Keke and Natalia informed me that they had not yet been able to secure a house for me.  The first one is being held for a peace corps volunteer and the owner of the second is in Accra until “next week sometime we hope.” So until then I am living, wait for it, in a convent! (Please no comments about how this is the most appropriate place for tan old spinster like me:)) I had heard about the convent before coming here actually and was told that it is a great place to go for food or if you need anything.  Although it may not be permanent I am happy to be paying my 8 cedes/night for a clean room complete with an attached bathroom.  Most of the others haven’t been so lucky, although I believe that their accommodation is free.  I’m thinking it might be worth 8 bucks to be able to shower with an actual shower head, have water in the tank when everywhere else has run out, and have a backup generator for when there is no power.  Oh, yes, and go to the bathroom within my quarters in the middle of the night.  But, it is a little more awkward for cooking.  Today I felt a little odd going in there to drain my can of pears (yes, that plus a cracker with PB was lunch) but I am hopeful that once I get to know the sisters it will be a snap.  And there of course was a lovely young girl who met me on my walk up the path from the bus to help carry my bag.  This is apparently a common occurrence with no requirement for pay or candy, just a sign of respect.  I don’t want to be giving away things at this point.  That is a big issue in the Upper West, but that will be another post when there isn’t much to say.  Oh, and the bus ride.  I’ll save that as well.

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One Response to “Where’s My Habit?”

  1. Pam Stevenson Says:

    Sandra – You should be proud of yourself! What an experience you are going to have, and I am loving your blogs! We miss you at MidSun, but just think of all the stories you will tell. You are in my heart and on my mind.

    Hug.
    Pam


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