Thursday, May 17, 2007

Extra Resources

For all the keeners in the house, here are some links which might be interesting for context and additional information:

From the World Wide Web:

photo tour of bawku west (zebilla):

weather in bawku

Other blogs:

Current Waterloo Short term volunteers:

Wayne's Blog

Cristina's Blog

Past Waterloo Short term Volunteers:

Ghana Long Term Volunteers:

Sarah (with whom I am working)


Some radical stuff from BBC Africa:

Ghanaians describe who they are

BBC Ghana Country profile

Enjoy! Next post to come as soon as I can locate a computer that will let me upload some pictures...


Settling In

After two weeks of making so many new friends, loving and hating the world's transit systems, mastering the art of "free range" colonic liberation, farming and sowing, and myriad other sorts of hustling and bustling, I have finally found my way to my new home for the next 3 months - Bawku, Ghana!

Pronounced "beaucoup", as if to reflect the imminent proximity of french speaking burkina and togo, this city excels in many ways, not least in diversity and super friendly people. On my way up to Bawku over the last week, I have tried to pick up some Twi, Dagbani and Gruni (which are spoken in the South, Tamale and Bolgatanga, respectively), only to find that there are upwards of six other languages used in the markets of this small city alone! My boss's son, with whom I am temporarily staying, is only in grade six but can already speak 3 or 4 languages, and now he's learning french - intense!

Though while the rainbow of fluencies has been quite a surprise, the overwhelming generosity of the Ghanaians has been beyond belief. My boss found out that I am looking for a rural family to stay with over the summer, and in the meantime would have to stay in some sort of guesthouse during my search for accomodation. Immediately, she generously offered to let me stay in her own home until I decide where I would like to go. The first night in her house, I asked if I could help wash the dishes - she had prepared and provided dinner. I had no idea she was capable of laughing so hard!

Filled with all sorts of surprises, the past two weeks have above all given me so much time for smiles, laughter and learning. With the transit said and done, I can pause to say Enkenge Gewana to life on the road and Zamason to life here in Bawku!

As they say here in Ghana, Be Free!