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12 June 2010 @ 05:50 am
Ghana, part two.  
Still in Ghana, and thank you to all those who responded to my last entry with positive comments :) I don't have time to respond to everyone individually, but thank you! It makes coming online so nice.

It's better here now. I'm getting used to everything, and after actually having contact with the outside world on Wednesday, I have been enjoying myself more. It's just three weeks for me, after all, and I can survive that.

Today, I've had my first shower in almost a week. I cannot describe how heavenly it felt. Wonderful! Amazing! I've never enjoyed a shower so much. After bathing with water in a bucket for a week, it's insane... My hair was ridiculously greasy. It's impossible to get your hair clean in a bucket wash, which is why they cut the kids' hair off completely. Much easier to handle.

Food has gotten good now too, which is the other main thing to be able to handle this. We're mostly eating rice and yam (they're like potatoes) and tomato sauce with bits of chicken in. It's definitely good enough to live on. And then we get lots and lots of fruit. Cocoa fruit is the best - it's the fruit you get cocoa from, but you can eat the white stuff around the beans, and they're delicious. I've also had mango, pineapple, watermelon and coconuts. It doesn't taste anything like at home.

The heat is the worst thing - it's reaaaaaally hot and humid here. I think the humidity is about 95% all the time, which means we're always, always sweaty. It's impossible to be completely dry and completely clean because of it, which is a bit awful. But also something I'm slowly getting used to.

The kids are wonderful, several of them. Some are annoying, just like Swedish kids... but considering how they live, it's amazing that they're not all apathetic or something. They play and laugh like kids at home, but they sleep in two rooms that together are a lot smaller than my apartment at home, and they sleep on the dirty floor together with the grownups. There are about twenty kids. We're going to be starting to build a new orphanage with the money one of the other girls has collected, although that won't be finished before I go home. I hope to be able to build beds for them before we go, though, that would feel really good - it's something that lasts for a long time.

Hope everyone's doing well.
grey853: ani_kittymeow_caugraphicsgrey853 on June 12th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're adjusting and things don't seem quite so difficult.
Nikki: NH Garfield & Teddynakeisha on June 12th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear things have improved somewhat and you're adjusting more. Ah, that shower, yes, that would have felt marvellous.

I hope things continue to go well and you stay safe and well.

Take care of yourself.

Magpie: season - PATF - springmagpieinthesky on June 12th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I must've missed your first post about Ghana, but I just want to say that I am so impressed by what you're doing, and I can only imagine what an amazing experience you're having. I'm glad that you are adjusting to your surroundings and things are getting a bit better for you. Kids are kids wherever you go, and I'm glad you can derive some comfort from that. I wish you the best of luck in completing the goals you have set!

A couple years ago I worked for an NGO called CARE, and there were a few people on my team from Cameroon and Kenya, and I remember the guy from Cameroon waxing poetic about the fruit there.

Take care, and I hope you keep safe and well. What you're doing is good work.