You are what you eat
Trip Start Feb 21, 2010
21Trip End Apr 18, 2010
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The drive takes 2.5 hours depending on the traffic in Accra. Accra is crazy! There are so many people, taxi's and even Abruni's. The roads are jam packed with five cars taking up what should be three lanes
When we arrived in Accra we went straight to a restaurant to get a burger. The place we went to sold burgers, perfume and stuffed animals, quite the variety! It was SO good to eat meat! We ate so much that we had to go home for a nap. That was pretty much the beginning of my binge eating saga! That night Renae (founder of Global Mamas) took us all out for dinner to an Indian restaurant and we indulged on butter nan bread and coconut curry chicken. The restaurant was super clean and the food was amazing! Later that night Maria and I headed to our big party at Paul and Laura's house. Paul works for the US embassy and their house is out of this world! It has 5 rooms, a massive kitchen, living room, servant quarters and an enormous backyard. The US embassy has 'party' supplies that they loan to employees so Paul got a sound system fit for a 1000 person party and we drank, danced and talked travel. Most people started to show up after midnight and at one point there were probably 200 people there. There's quite a network of Abruni's in Accra and I guess when there's a party, word spreads fast and people just show up.
A new volunteer, Maxine arrived from North Carolina (originally from Mississippi). She is a very strong and proud black woman with a thick southern accent
Monday I worked at the Accra office. I was able to complete the script for our upcoming event and get approval on the metrics that I've been working on for over a month. The time has flown by so fast! A friend Ellen who we met in Axim, called to invite me to a dance class at the local gym so Celea (16 year old from Seattle who is going to school here and living at the Global Mama's house b/c her host family ditched her) and I joined her and it was a blast! A spunky Abruni led the class and about 15 of us did weights, an ab workout and learned dances from India, Africa, Spain and a goofy one that I'm sure is North American (step dig with jazz hands!). The gym was so hot, I'm amazed that people can even workout in there, but it was packed so I guess they don't mind. That night we went out for dinner and I had an incredible Greek Salad (just salad to the Greeks) and then you guessed it, went home to sleep.