Children of the Corn

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

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Monday, March 15, 2010

This weekend was the most exciting to date! Friday night our Ghanaian coworkers showed off their moves at the Oasis Beach Club and together we ruled the dance floor (so what if we were the only people on the dance floor, we still ruled!). The minimum wage in Ghana is 5 cedis per day (about $3) so unless there's a special occasion or an abruni (white person) sponsors their night of drinking, they stay at home. One of the guys lives with 19 other people, including 7 brothers and sisters, his father and his fathers second wife, his step siblings, his auntie and her employees.I would love to be a fly on the wall in that house!

On Saturday Dani (who was very hung over) and I walked over an hour to the Coconut Grove Resort to pass out on the beach. The walk through Elmina was interesting, especially since it was a Saturday. Chaotic would be an understatement. There were hundreds and hundreds of people and taxi's lining the streets, goats stampeding, kids shouting out 'bruni' when we walked by and women trying to sell us a variety of goods. The air smelled like fish and dust and it was a scorcher. What a relief to arrive at the resort and enjoy the breeze from the ocean. We had a nice lunch that took less than 2 hours to be served (which is remarkable here) and caught up on our lost sleep from the night before.

On the way back we were walking on a dirt road to the highway when we heard 'bruni, bruni, bruni'. As usual we smiled and waved. A half dozen little kids in just their underware ran up to us and as expected asked our names, inquired about how we were feeling, where we were from and then gabbed onto our hands. Dani is not a fan of kids and usually tells then to shoo but when she's with me she knows better! Before we knew it we had a following of over 15 little kids - that's when they started to get aggressive. They started by asking for water, then food, then money. All of a sudden one of them tried to grab my bag, then Dani's. We started walking faster and they followed suit. Dani lost it when one of them slapped her butt and roared at them which scared away a few, then eventually the stragglers gave up but made sure to shout that we were bad girls before they turned around. It was then that we decided that we were going to tell the next group of kids that we didn't understand English. Shortly afterwords, we came across another group of five ten year olds, They asked us where we were from and Dani blurted out 'Ukraine', followed by 'we no speak English' which cracked us both up. We were saved by a taxi that took us safely home.

Sunday, Dani headed to South Africa to visit a friend for two weeks so Maria, Pepo and I hired a taxi to take us to Kosa Beach. It's owned by a German and Ghanaian couple and is a proper backpackers hostel with few amenities and lots of colorful people. When we first arrived I started talking to a woman with a young child and it turned out she was born in Edmonton and was living in Calgary. She was getting her education degree and there was a volunteer requirement so she decided to move to Ghana for four months with her three year old daughter to teach! Her daughter is going to preschool and she is working at a private school. Talk about guts, what an adventure for them.

There was a Sunday school group at the beach, most of the little kids swan naked so as it turned out, we spent the afternoon with naked kids! A few of them were mesmerized by Pepo, he always  draws a crowd. When it settled down we were left with Kofi and his gang who ended up joining us for the afternoon on our beach chairs, sharing my ipod and singing along. Kofi and his gang were all about eight years old and they were sweet, the only thing they asked for was water and we were happy to share.

This week I'll be busy planning the Global Mamas award event and then will head to Accra with Maria on Friday for a party put on by our new American and Spanish friends. Then I plan on traveling to Krobo for the night where a Peace Corp volunteer is helping women make jewelery -  I guess they have an incredible bead market so Jane (a new volunteer) and I will check it out and come back to Cape Coast on Thursday.

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Abruni Lou on

C'mon now, be careful. Don't alarm your fans with stories like that. Stay away from dirt roads full of those little naked bastards who tap ass and call you names.
"Chopper, sick balls!"
Stick with Kofi and the cute ones.

Dad on

After Skyping with you this morning and you assuring me you're safe, I've cancelled my flight on Air Callan. The trip to north of Accra sounds great and for support you ladies make sure to bring "big balled" Pepo! LoveDad

othermom on

Misha - did you see that pic of Pepo?

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