So apparently I suck at blogging

Trip Start Sep 19, 2006
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Trip End Nov 2008


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Saturday, November 4, 2006

So I've been in Ghana for just over 6 weeks and this is my first entry. Serves me right that I'm now so backlogged that I don't know where to start.

Right now I'm in the town/city of Techiman for my 10 weeks of Peace Corps training. In order to describe training in a way that you can visualize, please imagine sitting in an uncomfortable chair for 8 hours while someone teaches you your ABCs. Over and over. And over. And then the next day, you do it all again. Once in a while they'll switch to counting to 10. But then it's back to the ABCs.

There are some good parts - the PCVRFs (current volunteers who have come to assist with training) have a lot of good knowledge to share just because they're current volunteers. Every site and every assignment is different, so of course nothing is specific, but it's helpful just to hear people's experiences.

For those of you who don't know, my site will be in the Upper East region of Ghana, in a village called Gbeogo (pronounced bego) near the city of Bolgatanga. I'll move there sometime in the first week of December, but a week from today I get to go and visit. Right now I know that: my primary project will be with habitat for humanity (that could mean anything, actually, so don't let it fool you), I don't have running water or electricity at my site, I'm geographically very close to several other PCVs, and I'll be speaking the language Guruni.

Right now I'm on my way to more training, even though it's Saturday afternoon. Today is something called "cross-sector" where a different sector group (in this case, the small business group) will teach the rest of us tree-hugers and sanitation people about business. Before I go I have to get lunch, so I'm going to "chop." (that means, buy and eat "chop" from the street. Chop is cheap and of questionable cleanliness.) Probably I'll eat fried rice because it's the cleanest. Today the options are actually limited because of a funeral going on - EVERYONE goes to funerals, which are frequent, and so a lot of businesses are closed. Therefore I can't eat redred (a beans and plantains dish) or bofru (fried dough) or fried fish (disgusting) or anything else you could eat, which may or may not include chicken innards and dog.

If I were eating lunch with my homestay, I would definitely eat redred because my homestay sister is the best redred cook in ghana. At home I eat a lot of fried yam, which I use to sort of scoop a number of stews (most popular at my house being a cabbage and tomato thing) and a lot of jolof rice (i can't even explain it). sometimes I get rice balls or fufu, which I eat in soup.

My time at the internet is almost up and I'm really hungry so I'm going to stop writing now. But it'll probably be less than 6 weeks before I update again. (Hopefully.) (I can try.)
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