“I recommend coffee and then beer” – James Jacobs

This has been one hell of an escapade. From KFC and watching James Bond’s Skyfall to learning that we will not be teaching for three and a half weeks. To new friendships, motorcycle rides to knowledge sharing and drunken (weekend) nights. To 37* C weatherand a week of football matches. To sprinting home with a student in order to get my first aid kit and being chased by trolls when we walk over the bridge to get to class-or-home. To carrying a student on my back through knee deep muddy water due to his injured foot or listening to Joseph describe me as a 20 year old coconut planting footballer. To bucket showers, power outages, and our pit toilet (no longer) swarming with sewer flies. To the children who always have a smile on their face even if they can’t pay school fees or have money for the canteen. To the kids who don’t have money for new notebooks or pens but still show up every day and try to learn. To Justice in BS1 who I will never forget. To the boy at the park with the most heartwarming smile. To the redheaded pair of footballers or watching the duck try to eat the fish. To Mr. Shadrock who is looking to volunteer in Europe.

Back to the chase and main storyline. From the farewell for James at Kokrobite to making out with a Botswana for 40 cedi to delicious brushetta and Italian conversations led by David (also my temporary wingman that weekend). To Accra and trying on clothes. To our delicious bacon, corn, and chicken pizza in the mall. Or that’s what I assumed it to be. To Ike, Pamela, Precious, Sheldon, and Majka (pronounced Mika) and our 20 goal packets littered on the bedroom floor and the shot of Odigidy. Not ogigidy. And of course, for riding the bus. Every. single. time.

Some quick highlights –

  • Literally sprinted home with a student home to get first aid tape. Had to bandage another footballer’s foot.
  • Trying to describe snow to the teachers. They clearly cannot comprehend.
  • Gave the kids a gummy hamburger and they were outside pretending to cook it.
  • Silvester is one of the nicest people I have met
  • The house was surrounded by trolls with the power was out
  • A girl rode her bicycle through the football match and no one said or did anything.
  • They sell “Soya beans” which is a tofu kebab with their spicy seasoning. Bought two andc gave one to Silvester.
  • Invited to play in the JHS football match.
  • A “form 3” student named Michael, asked me out.
  • Bonnie decided to buy black shoe polish and paint his blue shoes
  • No pants party when the power was out and it was a sauna in the room. Dancing to Queen!
  • Lightning storms at night are amazing
  • Redheaded footballers
  • Watched a ref throw “insert number of players” out of a match via red card
  • “Special Burger” with BBQ, Bacon, and the works at Spike’s. Plus live MTV and plenty of banter about Emma Watson verses everyone. With Rogan and Duncan.
  • Toured Takoradi for the first time with Aly and Chrissy.
  • Drank outside the shell station because Vienna City was too expensive.
  • “Obama is a beast” according to our host brothers and sisters. Due to the fact that he supports gays and ‘lesbianism’
  • Our taxi toward Nazareth had reclining back seats (partly due to the fact that there was no back!
  • First time I have ever been awoken by drumming.
  • Came into contact with a deranged turkey
  • Made friends with our neighbour’s goat two days ago and the next day I learned he was eaten. So I cursed and shed a tear. Those fuckers.
  • Witnessed a duck trying to eat an entire fish.
  • When I brought the football to school, their reaction was priceless.
  • The kids don’t believe me when I tell them that I am not 20
  • Kakra, my sister, is passed out in my bed.
  • Had K, SK, and Nefia sleeping on our floor one night. However we carried them to their house and put them to bed.
  • Introduced them to Grape jelly
  • I have met Capachino three weekends in a row (Cape, Kokrobite, and Accra)
  • Rice and Bread for Thanksgiving. Me oh my!

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