Saturday, December 1, 2012

Just keep grinding the cassava

Technical training is at last over but training is not over yet. We spent 2 weeks in a hotel with air conditioning, a pool, bar, and access to pizza. That is now over. I have to say I think I'll miss the pizza the most. It became a big deal when it was discovered. Real cheese at a semi decent price? Of course I'm going!! We were staying in Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo region. It has the largest market in West Africa. We went to purchase food for our Thanksgiving feast. I was walking around with my packing backpack on full of food for 30 people and then I found the fabric section....this was a mistake. Everything was just so gorgeous I could hardly contain myself. I even found a fabric that had geese on it which I plan on turning into a fabulous blouse! I have a feeling that most, if not all, of my extra money will go towards fabric. I want to have a complete Ghanaian-made wardrobe. It will be interesting back in the states to walk down the street but I do not care.

I am just so excited to get to site. Training helped me focus onto what was even possible to do. I have so many ideas and cannot wait to get started. I feel the possibilities are almost endless. I can see myself always doing something. During my downtime, I plan on building a tree house! There are Bayabob trees all over which is the kind that Rafiki from the Lion King lived in and I will live in one too!

Earlier this week we went to a chicken and rabbit farm in Sunyani. Even though the baby bunnies were super cute, there were baby ducklings. Which automatically win over bunnies on the cuteness scale. The thing that made it even better was their foster mom was a female turkey. This is true. I cannot make it up. They got scared and all ran under her feathers. I just about died. I'm planning on starting a duck farm at site for the sole reason of being able to watch ducklings all day.

2 more weeks of training and then we finally get to swear in. I can't wait.

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