ErinCraig's Travel Journals

ErinCraig

  • 32 years old
  • From Idaho, United States
  • Currently in Idaho, United States

Erin's adventures in Ghana

Many people have asked how they call follow my experience in Ghana. I'm hoping this blog will be a good way for everyone to read about my journey.

One more month!

Ghana Cape Coast, Ghana  |  Sep 30, 2012
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I'm finally spending a little alone time and it feels pretty great. I've never been very good at spending time alone but I'm learning how important it is to reflect on what's going on. Especially here in Ghana. I get so wrapped up in trying to do and see everything, that I forget that I'm experiencing some pretty deep emotions. I get emotional when I stop and think about what's been happening over the past month. So many ups and downs. So many MORE ups than downs :) Its definitely been an adjustment, but now it feels normal. I like my routine. I love Ghana. The thought of moving here has definitely crossed my mind a few times. Who knows what the future holds. I spent Friday running errands. I had to get some pictures printed to frame for my host family. I received a slip saying that I had a package waiting for me at the post office so Patrick and I went to pick it up. We had to wait for quite a while to get to the front of the line. Once there, they checked my ID and brought me my package. They have you open it up so they can see whats inside. The package was from my sweet friend Ray. Inside were some vitamin waters, mini shots (Yay for fireball), magazines, books, a Boise Weekly, some sunscreen, some medication, candy, jerky and some other goodies. I was so excited. I was surprised to learn that you have to pay to get your packages. Most of the time, they make you pay the value of the package. Ray listed the value as $29 dollars. The man was nice and gave me a deal, I only paid 17 cedis. I think it was because I had Patrick with me and I gave him some of my candy :) He told Patrick that he better be good to me and if he wasn't, the man was going to go find him and "take care of him" :) It was pretty funny. After the post office, Patrick and I went to pick up his daughter from school. I got some bottles of coke in my package and shared some with her. She drank the entire thing without stopping!! She also ate about 15 pieces of my candy. Patrick just kept saying, "She really likes sweet things". Well that point was proven :) We decided to take her home to change out of her school uniform so she could go to the beach with us to watch a volleyball tournament. I talked with his mom, Mary, for a bit. She is such a nice woman. So welcoming. She always asks about America and my family. I love telling her about it. She is a retired teacher and her english is great. After Patricia changed, we headed to the beach to watch Alex and her volleyball tournament. It was pretty entertaining :) Patrick had to go to dance rehearsal so I kept Patricia, well I tried to. I thought she spoke english but I was wrong. She started crying and I had no idea what to do. She kept trying to run away from me so finally I just let her run in the water. I felt bad that she was soaking wet, but we had fun. Friday night I spent some time with the new volunteers from Sankofa. We had dinner at Oasis and waiting for Patrick to finish up with rehearsal. He had a performance at a funeral so we decided to go. It took longer than planned so everyone else left and I stayed. I wish I could better explain the funerals here. Trying to describe it in a blog definitely doesn't do it justice. It's pretty amazing. There were so many people!!!Saturday we got up early and headed to Stumble Inn to hang out for Alex's last night. We laid out on the beach and I took a little nap. It's s beautiful there and so relaxing. We had a nice dinner with everyone and went to bed pretty early. Today is moving day. I'm at the ProWorld house right now. I need to upload pictures and work on a few things before my new mom comes. She's 29 and has a 1 year old son. I'm really excited to meet her. I'm definitely going to miss my family in Elmina. I loved that place! I will be able to go back and visit before I leave tho :) I"m looking forward to living in Cape Coast. I'll be a lot closer to the other volunteers. Tomorrow will be my first day of work at Aboom Special Needs School. I will definitely post a blog soon :) Love and miss you all! XOXO

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