ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT!
Coming to Ghana Day 6 – Independent Women
I had a good night sleep and waking up to some groovy music from our neighbour. I was feeling the weekend! I went outside for my daily morning run to the outhouse and the night’s storm uprooted a few of our cassava trees while others leaned to the left. The winds had loosen one tin panel on the roof in the first room.
Marie and I took full advantage of not needing to be up and ready earlier. We lounged on top of our beds, writing on our laptops and playing music while waiting for breakfast. It was nice that we had the weekend to ourselves. We agreed that we will go an adventure and make the most of today and tomorrow. A few hours passed and Shalom turned up with our breakfast. We only ate the white bread as the broth was not to our liking. We were getting a bit annoyed at having only bread everyday so we decided when we go out we will look for snacks and drinks.
Alfred returned and brought us a big bag of mangoes, I was happy for that. Marie not so much. We waited for Alfred to say what we could do today in terms of tourism but alas no communication. It was around 4pm when we decided that we would be independent and take charge of our weekend. They did not give us water for our morning baths so I used baby wipes and got dressed. I came unto the porch dressed up and Alfred was outside and was confused by my sudden change of attire. Marie came out and asked for the motorbike taxi number. We politely said we wanted to go out to the market and left. It felt so good to have our freedom!
The sun was hidden by the clouds and there was a lot of breeze so our walk into town was not sweaty or exhausting like a few days before. As per usual, everyone was staring at Marie but I think she decided that the stares could not rob her of her earned freedom. We talked and laughed all along the way to town. We went to a mobile “shop” (it was a shipping container) and asked the gentleman for 5 cedis sim card that I bought. Then we walked unto the main road looking and browsing what the sellers had to offer. I bought some biscuit treats before we started getting thirsty and we bought some cold sodas and drank them sitting down on dusty steps in front of a closed shop.
I learnt a lot more about Marie and her life and visa versa. We spent a few more lingering minutes to watch people since the market was not fully open. Children would slow down and stare and say hello or good afternoon. Young men were smiling at us and women were looking at us. One young woman crossed the road and took a picture of us with her flash and we burst out laughing because she was not trying to be discreet.
As we walked home, I asked if we could watch a football match at the Catholic school field and Marie graciously said yes. We rested our tired bones against the wooden fence and enjoyed the game. I looked up and I saw that the clouds were turning grey and the winds were picking up so we decided to go back to the base.
We talked about the short comings of the charity that we have observed and were wondering if we could help improve the running of the school. We agreed if we were staying for longer then we could have implemented structure to the school and try to motivate the teachers more. Our conversation got cut off by the thunder and flashing lights. We were 10 minutes away. We covered our heads with our scarves and Marie ran towards home. After a few minutes, Marie realised she was not going to out run the storm.
We finally reached our destination and saw a man trying to repair the tin roof and our
neighbours were all outside looking at the storm. The heavens opened up and poured down heavy rains upon the land. We joined our neighbours on the porch and witnessed the storm play with the trees and rain beat the ground. The workers left as the storm grew bigger. Shalom was inside fixing up dinner and Alfred was outside joking with us about the weather.
Dinner came and we ate outside before retiring for bed. I invited Marie to watch a movie with me on my laptop. I played a cheesy Black comedy until we fell asleep.
Stay tuned to see how Marie and I get on with our adventure to Wli.
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