Hello from Ghana!
I wanted to take a moment and share with you all the people who have now become my Ghana family.
AKA Dez AKA Dezy
Besides the time when we are sleeping, showering, or pooping, Desmond and I spend 24/7 together. I’m surprised we haven’t gotten sick of each other by now Desmond is my host, my guide, my motorbike driver, my translator, my photo assistant. He is the guy who holds my camera bag for me, serves me food, takes me to eat pizza when I’m homesick, washes my clothes for me (he insists that I don’t do a good job and I insist that he is insane), opens coconuts for me, and answers all my questions about the culture here. Basically, Desmond is pretty important.
AKA Sly AKA Sly Guy
Sylvester is the Director of VARAS. He is a straight and narrow guy, and we work very well together. He tells it like it is, and I like that about him. I always know what he expects of me and his dedication to VARAS is impressive. He is a teacher during the day, but it is not uncommon for him and Desmond to work late into the night at VARAS, even sleeping at the office quite frequently! If that isn’t dedication I don’t know what is.
Desmond’s mom is awesome! She sells plantains and beans at her stand everyday. She is also my main cheerleader for when I learn new Ewe (this regions main dialect) words.
AKA My personal chef and one badass of a cook
Pearl doesn’t live at Desmond’s house, but while I am staying here she is also staying at the house just so she can cook for me! I told you Ghanians are friendly. She is a great cook, and has exposed me to lots of Ghanian favorites, including Banku, Fufu, Akple, and much more. Yummmmmmmmyyyy!
AKA Jerry and Clenam
These are Pearl’s kids, who are also staying with us while I am visiting. Jerry is the oldest, and he is the best big brother ever. He helps around the house, is very well mannered, and is often a translator for me when I can’t understand Clenam. Jerry is an all around good kid.
Clenam is 6 years old and super funny. It took us a while to become friends (she doesn’t speak a lot of English and I don’t speak Ewe so it was a bit of a problem) but since then she holds my hand whenever she can, likes to play with my hair, and I have taught her to braid. We have fun.
AKA Amigo and Lowki
The little kitty came from Pearl’s house without a name. They said I could name her, and I have named her Amigo. I know it should technically be Amiga, but whatever people! Lowki was Desmond’s kitty for a while now. I love her and she loves me now knowing that I give her the best cuddles and scratches behind the ears