Day 2

Today began at 5:30 AM with us packing for our eight hour bus ride from Accra to Kumasi, the region in which the schools we are helping are situated. As we left we all waved goodbye to our friendly volunteer coordinators who arranged us a place to stay in Accra and their awesome puppy of 4 months Jojo. We were all dreading the long ride on the bus, expecting it to be hot and cramped like the bus from the previous day. The bus turned out to be spacious and air conditioned, and with several stops along the way the ride was an enjoyable experience. Once we arrived we had to take inventory of all 42 tubs since I had forgotten to make a list of what was in each one at the packing party. The house (more of a compound actually) we are staying in is beautiful. It has a shaded porch overlooking the driveway and yard with several palm trees growing.  The house is very large with three bedrooms and a living room which could fit all of us alone.

After we settled in part of our group went into town to buy more water and bread for us. On the way back they were caught in a spring storm and forced to take cover in the house of the village chief. They were kept company by a group of almost 20 local kids who were extremely excited to meet the foreigners in their village. Back at the house a started a small soccer game with four kids who came to see what was happening in our compound.  We took a break and went inside and when we came back outside we found that the group of kids had multiplied from 4 to nearly 25 kids all on our porch. We started playing soccer again in the rain, which was more refreshing then any bucket shower I have taken so far. As it got dark and the mosquitoes made their appearance we all went inside for dinner. Our meal was made by several local women who delivered homemade rice, beans and chicken to our house, which was delicious. We’ve just finished dinner and now we are all preparing for bed and looking forward to our day in the markets tomorrow.

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Chris Karges says:

Post photos please!! Glad everything is going well!

Glenn Seaverns says:

I sounds like a blast. Thanks for the updates. Have lots of fun.

Vickie San Juan says:

Yes photos please!! (Hi Cece, can't believe you are so far away- sounds like an amazing experience though. It hailed in Seattle today so enjoy the weather ;)

Marilyn Montgomery says:

Not surprised that soccer---the universal language---has already become a way to get to know the local kids. Great you brought soccer balls! And yes, photos please if you can. It sounds like a wonderful trip so far.

jim krieger says:

So glad to hear you are having fun! You guys sure have a lot of energy. Hearing about all the good food makesme hungry.

jim krieger says:

So glad to hear you are having fun! You guys sure have a lot of energy. Hearing about all the good food makesme hungry.

Helena Reguera's grand parents says:

We are the French Helena Reguera's grand parents, we have read the comments you have sent;we are very happy Helena has such experience.we hope everything will be allright.thank you.Mimi and Papi

Mark Foutch says:

Katie's Grandpa is happy to get these blogs! Keep them coming, please.

Mark Foutch says:

Katie's Grandpa is happy to get these blogs! Keep them coming, please.

Leslie lawrence says:

So happy all arrived safe and sound and are having a wonderful time! Can't wait for photos as well! Tails, I'm dying to hear from you as are all your Aunts and Uncle, cousins...just have a great time and stay safe! Photos! Photos! Lots of love....

Leslie lawrence says:

That should have read; "Talia" not Tails.... Sorry

Brenda Uechi says:

So happy you all have these wonderful opportunity of ways to show your solidariity and love to these families. I believe the laughter withy the kids and their smiles and piggy back rides will never be forgotten.



Wish I was there... can you ask Emily to bring back some fireflies. in a Jar! Cocoa and shea butter.. wish I had bought shoes for boys and girls there..