A day in the life

Trip Start Sep 19, 2006
Trip End Nov 2008

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Friday, November 24, 2006

So I thought it'd be entertaining to describe a typical day in my life as a trainee in the village of TrimiaNkwanta outside of Techiman. All of the events described below have actually happened, although not all on the same day.

4:16am - wake up when my family's "cage" is unlocked by the man living in the room next to mine.
5:00am - wake up again with a desparate need to visit the pit latrine.
5:03am - have finally managed to find shoes and a light and the pit latrine key.
5:23am - am finally done in the pit latrine, wondering what I ate yesterday.
5:25am - go back to sleep
5:45am - wake up and start to get out of bed, but hear mother and father having an argument outside of my window. Decide to wait until they are done yelling and potentially throwing things to come out.
6:05am - drag myself and a bucket of laundry out to the courtyard. Scrub laundry while neighbors comment. "In ghana here, we do not wring the water out that way. You should twist your hands this way to get the water out."
6:25am - hang laundry on line. "In ghana here, we snap the clothes before we hang them on the line." me: "Who ARE you, anyway?"
6:34am - eat breakfast - egg sandwich, porrige, and fruit. But first, pull mold off of the bread and remove the ants from the porridge. Also, check fruit for worm holes.
6:55am - lie on my bed and wish I was asleep or eating a cheeseburger.
6:57am - realize that I don't have to leave until 7:30
6:58am - watch cockroach crawl up wall next to bed.
6:59am - laugh as cockroach falls back to the floor.
7:00am - pick up ipod to see if the battery has magically recharged overnight. (No.)
7:02am - laugh at cockroach as it falls again.
7:04am - give in and pick up book, even though I read too much too fast already.
7:09am - decide that I am TOO BORED, pack my bag, and leave, much to the dismay of my family. "Oh, u ko in?" "I am going to school. I will be back at 6 tonight." "Will you take lunch here?" "No, I will not be back until 6 tonight." "Will you go to church on Sunday?" "What? It's wednesday. Can we talk about this later?" "Ok, we will see you at lunch." "No, no you won't."
7:16am - stop to talk to Casey through his bedroom window.
7:18am - reassure alarmed Ghanians that all is fine, and people in America talk to each other through the window all the time.
7:22am - get tired of talking to Casey with an audience, go next door to collect Brad so that we can travel to language class together.
7:30am - see Travis coming, decide to wait even though we'll probably be late.
7:32am - decide to wait for Casey too, even though we'll definitely be late, but that's ok because we hate language class.
7:40am - avoid the rabbit being slaughtered on the main road while we wait for a taxi. Fit 7 people in one tiny car, close our eyes against the exhaust fumes, and sing along with Christmas music.

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