Well, I finally got sick this morning. It’s taken 3 weeks. But it wasn’t malaria, and I was so well taken care of– Mel (the homeopathic doctor) brought me some pills and some re-hydration satchets, and Tuva went out and got me some biscuits (general term for anything that even looks like a cracker or a cookie). And now I’m all better. When did this place become my second home?
Yesterday Tuva and I went out looking for a beach that didn’t moonlight as a trash dump. Didi told us about a place called Kokrobite (a “short trotro ride from Accra,” she said. Translation: over an hour on the bus), so we headed out. It was worth the trip. We asked the guy sitting next to me on the ride there where we could find the beach, and when we got off the bus he didn’t just give us directions (nobody here does– it’s hard when there are no street signs and nobody knows their right from their left), he led us all the way there. When we went through the gate he had brought us to, I felt like we were entering another universe. We stepped over the border from an impoverished fishing town to an energetic little Rastafarian village called “Big Milly’s Backyard”, with artists selling beads, lamps, drums, and clay pots, and smoking weed with their dogs on the beach. They have houses to rent there, and I think I’m going back for a weekend sometime in July, to get some me-time by the water. Ooooh yeah.
Some boats in Big Milly’s Backyard.
As for this weekend, tonight we’re having our big birthday celebration (for Aruna, Aratii, Rama, and me!), and then Tuva and I are headed to Seva (just a few hours away) tomorrow morning with a Dada from Norway. He and a bunch of other people are working on a project there, helping locals build their own plumbing system. I can’t wait to see it.
And lastly, I thought you guys might enjoy this:
Last night Tuva and I were cleaning out some watercolors to use today (I thought we should teach the kids about the sun and get them to paint sunrises and sunsets– but I was sick so I missed it! Oh well. Their paintings turned out great). Eunice came outside and wanted me to paint on her face with them, but it wasn’t staying very well (obviously) and I remembered we had some face paint in the “volunteer craft closet” in our room. So I brought them out, and pretty soon I had painted Eunice’s face twice, Ambhiini had painted my face, Laksmi had painted Tuva’s, and Rejoyce and Sera had paint everywhere.
My masterpiece (Eunice’s face).
Ambhiini painting Sera (she doesn’t look too happy!).
Me, Eunice, Tuva, and little Sera in front. Looking good!
And Sera making her scariest face.
Off to Seva! See you next week (who knows, I might actually write about teaching next time).