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I <3 Ghana

hello all…J Uhlir reporting to you all from my hotel in Accra!!! Ghana is amazing…I can’t describe in words how blessed I feel to be here.  I love the people, their openness and compassion, the feeling of unity and spirituality in everything they do. I feel like this last week has gone by so quickly, and that I’m losing the concept of time in relation to days and rather measuring through experiences.  So many things have happened since the last time I wrote, so I’ll try to some them up for all of you lovely readers. This past saturday, we took a day trip to Lake Volta.  Lake Volta is the largest manmade lake in the world and is Ghana’s main source of electricty…it was quite a beautiful site and extremely funny when a group of children from a local school asked us if we would take pictures with them.  On the way back the bus stopped at a rest stop with a bunch of women stading around with big platters of fruit and food on their heads.  Being the curious cat I am, I asked one of the girls if holding the basket on her head was very heavy.  She immediately asked if I wanted to try it, and placed the bountiful platter of bananas on my head before I could answer…needless to say, it’s heavier than it looks.   For lucnh we stopped at a hotel on the Volta River.  Some boys pulled up in wooden canoes and offerred to take us out on the river.  Being the canoe enthusiast that I am, I pounced on the offer.  As we floated through the water, I was overcome with the beauty surrounding me, the hills, trees, water and sun.  At that moment I can say that I was completely at peace with everything and sure that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. I keep having little realizations such as this, and while it is hard for me to put into words what being in Ghana is doing for me, I promise you that it is wonderful.

After that we drove into the hills to get to a botanical gardens center.  On the way the bus overheated and we stopped on a small road.  A bunch of children came up to us and took some pictures with us. One of them was pointing a sling shot at us….such a little trickster.  After a 12 hour day of driving and site seeing, it’s hard to believe that I would still want to go out, but of course I did.  I got to experience my first African club and met a French man who was quite peculiar…he told me some crazy stories such as one about his father being assassinated by the french government…interesting. 

Over the past couple of days I’ve had some great experiences.  On monday I went to the art market and got a free two hour drumming lesson from a man named King George (they have some pretty sweet names here).  It was really cool just sitting in his drum shop just talking and drumming with him.  After that, two locals walked me down to see the ocean…it was such an amazing sight and ahhhh..it was life! if that makes sense..haha

Today was a great day too…after jamming to the lion king in our music class, we got dance and drumming group to come and perform for us.  After their performance they taught us some drum beats and dance moves…I think im going to drop out and start a group..anyone else in?

and sorry I havent added any pictures..the connection is a bit slow here and I havent really gotten the patience to wait for them to load yet…but I will make sure to load them soon!

Oh and one other thing I thought would be cool was to give you all your Ghanain names.  Each person has a day name, or a name that is determined by what day of the week they were born on..mine is Akua(I said before but spelled wrong) because I was born on a Wednesday.  Anyways, here are the rest of the names if you guys are interested:

sunday: girl-akosua, guy-kwasi

monday: girl-adjoa, guy–kojo

tuesday: girl-abena, guy-kobena

wednesday: girl-akua, guy-kwaku

thursday: girl-ya/yawah/aba, guy-yaw

friday: girl-efua, guy- kofi

saturday: girl-ama, guy- kwame

well that’s it for now…stay tuned and goodnight and good luck

4 Responses to “I <3 Ghana”

  1. I’m so glad you’re loving it there! I want to see all your pictures when you get back! Good for you for taking advantage of those random opportunities like putting fruit on your head and jumping in canoes. Those little experiences are often the ones you will remember the most!

    Thinking about you!
    -Katrina

  2. SWEET! I’m so glad you were able to learn the drums and carry fruit on your head!!
    That is all you need to know about life! :)
    Love you
    -Laura

  3. I wish i was on a beautiful lake right now, that sounds amazing…
    that part about the “trickster” and then King George..hahaha made me laugh

    miss you
    XATT <3,
    Katelyn

  4. ahhhh jessie! you’re having so much fun it sounds like! King George sounds soo cool too, I wish I could drum! Let me know if you see any lions, tigers, and bears….oh my!

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