First off, I would like to say Happy Birthday to the little guy that doesn’t stop screaming, Antonio.
He was not too thrilled that we gave him books for his birthday.
Last week, I was interviewing the head librarian of the Western Region and he showed me their mobile library. I, of course, asked when they were going out next and he said tomorrow. I then asked to join their adventure. And that’s when the adventure started.
I didn’t end up actually traveling with the mobile library since there was not enough seats but Joseph, the head lib, said I could come up with him the day after. So I did.
It was a great experience and I shot a lot of video, hopefully which I can put into my doomed [well, maybe not so doomed] documentary about literacy.
The kids were really fun to talk to and seemed to appreciate the chance to take books out of the mobile library.
I also got to chill with the library boys aka the ones who work in the mobile library which ended up being very fun.
When I was there, there was lots of discussion about where I would sleep. My plan to sleep in the two-room house with the workers was squashed so it seemed that I would be bed less for the night… until…
Veronica [who I do not even have a picture of].
Veronica proved to me just how truly welcoming and nice Ghanaians are. Without knowing me, she said I could stay in her little apartment. She went and found me and town and we went skipping down the street arm-in-arm. Since I didn’t bring a lot of stuff with me on the trip she lent me her shoes, her bag and gave me food.
After chilling with the lib boys, I then had to be up and ready to leave by six. Luckily, Veronica woke up and boiled some hot water for me. Overall, having my first hot shower in over 6 weeks… in a bush in rural Africa… watching the sunrise… was pretty amazing. [And yes, Toronto is counted in that. No such thing as “hot” showers in a hostel]
Here are some pictures of my adventure:
o, I forgot to mention:
The night I returned, I went to Champs with Adom and Raquel. We also happened to accidentally crash Feeling Daddy’s bachelor party. And me and Raquel sang backup to Kojo’s karaoke.
The next day was Feeling Daddy’ wedding, which like all Ghanaian ceremonies, was an experience.
Now, in church in Ghana, they do offerings a little different. Everyone starts singing and then you dance in a line to the front to give your offering [think conga line] and everyone stands and dances next to his or her seats. It takes about 30-40 mins to go through everyone and they do this twice a church service. I am not sure why they do this. However, it makes it pretty hard not to give an offering to the church.
They did this at the wedding too. The first dance going to the church, the second goes to the couple. And then everyone is tired for dancing for over an hour during the offerings.
The wedding was over 4 hours long.
Then they took pictures. Right in front of the church. And called guests to come join them. ( I was in the Radio Maxx group)
Then we went to the ceremony which was like a Canadian reception, only it started when the wedding ended and went until 6.
[ps. Cake here is not like cake back home. Think starch.]
Most of the wedding pictures were taken by the beautiful Raquel Fletcher.