Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Hey everyone!
So here on my 5th day in Amsterdam, cannot believe it has been that long! It has been AMAZING so far, and doing it all with Pam is pure heaven! Coming from Africa has made this city just divine! Its soooo beautiful and the people are so friendly and young and healthy! We went to the Heinken brewery and it was wonderful! Lots of beer!
Please check out our dutch karoke!

And we are trying to get into see Fleet Foxes, our most favoritist band in the whole wide world! We were eating lunch outside the venue they are playing in and Pam spotted one of the gorgeous band members strolling the street! So tomorrow night we are going to try and get some scalped tickets! We should be meeting up with Benjarmin soon... but as normal we have heard nothing from him, we imagine he will magically appear to us...
But yeah, so much has happened... its just so divine here for so many reasons...


Hope everyone is doing well!
Pam and I are at my friend Shofna's for dinner so just quickly using her internet! Please send me an update!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

For Supper I want a Party Platter!

Hey hey,
So i just wrote this blog entry and lost it! So I really want to punch this computer screen right now! But yeah, we got back from the village on Saturday night and we are back at the University Of Ghana campus! The village was intense! It was right out of one of those world vision infomericals! Kids with protruding bellies and flies on their faces and poverty like I have never seen. I thought I had seen it all and was prepared for just about anything but the village was definitely an experience that has had an effect on me! Working in the school in the village was fun, the kids mostly couldnt speak English so I felt right at home and just played some games I have in my bag of tricks from teaching in Asia. It was a small community, about 350 people, with more than half of that being kids on under 10! So there wasnt a lot too but explore the village and meet the people, who were very interesting and I had conversations that ranged from being hilarious to down right frightening! I have never been so stinky and dirty and horrible in my whole life! Showering back here at the hostel was so glorious, however I still stink, I just cant wash it off! I have gnarly red throbbing bites all over my feet and ankles and at this point chopping off my feet sounds pretty delightful! Other than that I am feeling fine, we lost one girl on the trip to Malaria or Typhoid. She was flown back to Canada and is in a hospital in Calgary. I believe she is doing perfectly now, but went through a sketchy patch here in Ghana! Everyone is healthy now and we leave tomorrow! The month is finally over! So I fly to A'dam and get there early Friday morning, I am meeting my friend from China there and staying at her place for a night. Then the lovely and amazing Ms. Pamela is arriving on Saturday! So we have a week together in A'dam before she leaves for back home and I head out in the van with Paylor and company....
I liked Ghana and had a great time! But it is not my favorite country in the world and I am ready to get the eff out of here!
Hope everyone is fine, send me an email or something and let me know whats up! I will be able to respond better Im sure, once I am in Europe!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

First Week and a bit

Hey everyone!
Firstly, internet is super sparse! I managed to sweet talk my way into the international programmes office at the university of ghana and use one of their computers, however it took aproximately 45 minutes to load this website! So, whilst in Africa, internet is not easy.
I am having a pretty fantastic time so far! So much has happened in the first week that it feels like i have been here for so long! It is super hot, and I mean hot, like 40 degrees during the day and around 30 night. I got made heat rash on my arm, first time i have had it, and it sucks. Also, i got bed bugs, so my entire torso is covered in red bites! It looks far worse than it feels! I actually feel pretty good, aside from sweating 500 buckets of sweat a day and feeling dirty and sticky all the time I feel pretty good!
So i am living in a hostel on the University which is about 30 minutes from the capital, called Accra. The city is much like cities i have seen in India and China. Organized chaos with lots of crazy traffic and millions of people and markets and lots of in your face poverty. So many sights, sounds, smells and sensations, its like a festival for the senses! The people in the market are super pushy and want to sell you stuff at ANY cost! They are annoying and i want to punch some throats but they can be friendly and talkative and you can actually learn alot from them cause they will always answer your questions.
We went to the Cape Coast which was just stunning, beautiful ocean views with little fishing villages etc. We went to Elmina Castle (google it) which was one of the major shipping ports for slaves out of Africa. We walked through dungeons where thousands of slaves were kept and tortured. It was a pretty surreal experience, the beauty of the coast contrasted with the madness and genocide that went on in the castle was overwhelming.
We went to a local school for two days and played with the kiddies and watched some classes. It was madness, Hundreds of adorable African school children all wanting to take pictures and play games and touch my white mushy skin and stroke my magnificient white man beard. It was by far the best part of the trip so far! I took plenty of pictures and video!
We are going to three hospitals tomorrow, which I am not excited about! Visiting a fever unit in Africa? Uh no thankyou!
Then we are off to the village near Kumasi on Saturday until the following Saturday. Not sure what to expect from the village.... should be fun!
Well, I should go, considering I have been sitting in this office for 3 hours...

Hope all is well!