Friday, May 26, 2006

first ghanaian post!!!!

Niwuntanga (good afternoon)

I had some internet difficulties last time and couldnt post so this one will be a long one. Ill start from the top........ We all landed in Accra in the evening after a decent layover in amsterdam and went to the guest house ( like a hotel) to drop off our things and then it was off to the market. There I got my first blast of culture, there were tons of little stands that were selling all kinds of food. Everyone and their dog said hi and one man even tried to teach me how to count to ten in tri (with mixed results, though I am getting better with Mampruli , the local language in Gambaga). The next day it was off to Tamale....... well almost. After a 4 hour delay followed by a bus change because of a faulty "air system" we were off, only to arrive at 5 am. I slept sooo well that night, or morning??!?! the next morning we got to sleep in a little bit though, our meeting was at 10 am. we then got a chance to walk around Tamale for a bit and see some things. After our short bit in Tamale it was on a tro tro and off to Gambaga to meet my district. When I arrived, Alabama the office caretaker walked me from the station to the office. Its in the middle of a field punctuated with mud mortar huts with grass tops (as are most of the homes in the area). So far work has been slow going, but after talking to everyone else I'm pretty average. I have mostly been doing computer training and the such. I live about 6 miles away from work and ride my bike to work most days. The area is realy hilly and covered in trees. Now that the rains have come everything has become green. The ride back to Tamale (where I am now as im typing) was like a completely different experience than the ride 3 weeks ago. My family is awesome, I live with a man named Ben Awuni Asantanga, his wife and 5 kids (although two arent his). He is only 32 and has one of the most successful farms in the area and is a leader of his cooperative. I got a chance to get out and do some farming. We cleared about two acres of land (with hand hoes and machetes), and planted about two acres of maize and cassava elsewhere (his farmland seems to be spread out with a little here and a little there). He just got 600 baby fowls so we have a shed full of baby chicks that we light lanterns and stoves for every night. I have actually gotten my first chicken. He is completely white and pretty big. The chief gave him to me at about 6:15 in the morning (i was in my boxers). Im a little reluctant to give him a name though because I know im going to have to slaughter him when he gets big enough. I really want to send some pictures with the blog but i havent found an internet cafe that allows you to access something outside the computer (camera, jump drive, etc.). so hopefully I can get a chance to find one before the weekend is through here (im in tamale for the weekend for training .... did i mention that above???). Well my time is running out so i should be getting on my way but you should really leave me a message on my blog I would love to hear from all of you. If not you can e mail me at and i can get it whenever I get a chance to hit up the computers, which isnt all that often. Hope all is well in Canada.



Blogger EWB Dal Exec said...

Hey Dave!

SOunds like you're really getting the chance to experience the culture. Learning how to do some of the farming there would be really cool... especially with machetes, thats intense! The scenery sounds nice... keep sending good descriptions like that...almost as good as pictures. I think it's amazing that we can actually do this, have you send us all the info from soooo far away... but I guess thats just modern technology.
I've been biking to work all this summer too! but only about 1 mile, and the only scenery is really the public gardens ha...which is very nice, don't get me wrong! Zipping around on the bike is pretty fun. And there's so many places to bike to, so close to Halifax, so its wicked for the summer. There is definately some nice scenery around here in the summer too. Its so different than during the year. All the huge trees are full of leaves and beautiful coloured flowers.
As for EWB, we are in the process of making a bike blender! Heopfully it will be up and running for the fall. We're still collecting parts and stuff... and i think we're going to start to try to put it together next week.We're also thinking of a solar cook or fry up some food. We wanted to make it out of stuff that you could get around where you are living, but then decided you could probably get your hands on a lot of things, at least the essentials that we would need. What do you think?
And we've started a little bucket garden on the math building roof! We just have green pepper plants going right now, but about 9 other buckets ready to nourish some more plants as soon as we get em.
Anyway! Good to hear an update and that you're really enjoying it. Hope to hear from you soon!!Angie

10:29 AM  
Blogger dan b said...

hey man! That sounds freaking amazing, absolutely fantastic. I'm not sure what else to say! I want to hear more, more dammit! Heh, but yeah I hope everything is working out good. Today is 6/6/06 so I'll blast a little Maiden for ya. Have a good one,

Danny B

8:09 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I love how you write, it seems like I can actually hear your voice... You on a farm, what a funny little twist of fate! I still can't believe that you're so far away, but it sounds absolutely AMAZING! Take lots of good pictures. This summer's been pretty busy for me so far. My little sister graduated, then convocation, then rodeo in Foremost last weekend - remind me when u get home that I have some good stories for ya. Two more months eh...
Take care of yourself :)

9:05 PM  

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