Animal Farm

Trip Start Feb 21, 2010
Trip End Apr 18, 2010

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Monday, March 1, 2010

All is well in Ghana and I've survived my first week. It's been great with lots to do, see, taste, smell and cover your ears for. The cover your ears for is essential when our Parrot, Boswa, has one of his fits. Boswa was rescued from a beach called, well...Boswa beach. He lives upstairs two doors from me and on a good day he will scare the crap out of you by saying hello and whistling at you when you walk by. On a bad day, he'll screech, bark and make monkey noises. His favourite thing to say is Pepo, mimicking Maria when she's disciplining her dog. Pepo is this huge dog that goes everywhere with Maria, and I mean everywhere. Something else to cover your ears for is the rooster in the backyard. He has no concept of time and cocka doodle doos at ungodly hours waking you up instantly. If you have trouble surviving the animal farm at home, then you won't be any use in the city. Whether it's the stray cats & dogs or a stampede of squawking goats, you always have to be on guard. The first time I saw the goats I had to pinch myself. At any given time you can expect to see four or five goats, all different sizes and colors running through the city.

On Saturday four of us and Pepo climbed into a tiny cab for the half hour drive to Anomabo beach for a relaxing day by the ocean. The drive there was crazy with Pepo moving around every few minutes because he was so hot. He drools like crazy so us suckers in the back seat were soaked with slobber by the time we arrived. The beach was beautiful and went for miles and miles, the sad thing was that we were limited to where we could walk because of the piles of garbage around the resort. A few of the girls had been dreaming of having a burger all week (we mostly eat vegetarian) so we ordered lunch and ate on the beach. I ordered snapper and it came with it's fins, eyes, teeth and bones. It was very good once I could get over looking at it!

On Sunday Dani and I explored the Elmina market which is an hour round trip from the house. We walked through the fish market and probably saw over a hundred little fishing boats. The stalls sold lobster, shrimp and a bunch of other fish that I couldn't name. The smell was overwhelming so I was happy to leave. It was a long walk back and we were really hot so we decided to pay the 4 cedis (about 3 dollars) to use the Elmina Beach Resort pool. The resort is a two minute walk from the house. Unfortunately for us, the pool water was warm so we read by the pool in the shade like two old ladies!

This week I'm busy planning the Global Mama of the Year event. These women work so hard, they deserve a little party so I'm trying to find a company to sponsor the event (which costs $1000). If anyone has a company in mind let me know!

That's it for now, hope everyone is doing well?
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gramma_nance on

Great photos Mel! We miss you. &lt;3 xo

Trina Homeniuk on

Hey there missy, sounds like things are going well. It doesn't surprise me that you would fit in anywhere - your spirit and energy are contagious! We miss you around here -but I think what you are doing is amazing.

(I wouldn't do well with the birds... yikes)

take care - stay safe!


Gina and Sean on

Wow! Sounds like you are seeing and experiencing tons, we are happy to hear that all is well, and SO SORRY that you were sick. Airports, planes and public places in general when you are sick are horrible. Well Done!! You made it!

Sean and I both hope you have a good week and look forward to you next entry! Love you!!

Shan on

Hey Mel,
Awesome blog! You are so candid and descriptive when you write. I love it! I can picture the sounds in your house and the sights in the city. I can just imagine you girls in the taxi~ hot, sweaty and covered in drool and then having to sit by the warm water pool!! It's great to see your pictures. I'm glad you are having such an amazing time. Love Shan xo

TwinA on

I finally got caught up on your blogs, I wish I read them before I talked with you this morning because I would of had completely different questions.

You are a brave one Mel, I don't think I could ride in a car with a dog that big.

Glad to here that you are doing a whole lot better this week and look forward to your next blog.
Miss You

Dad on

Melanie, Reading your blog is like reading an adventure book. Keep the updates coming and I'll see you on Skype! Love Dad

B on

Mel, you're so courages. I don't think I could do what you're doing. Sounds like you're having fun and living an adventure of a lifetime. Looks like you really devoured that fish Miss u much

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