Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Home Sweet Home

We've arrived to Tamale! After a comfy bus ride and buying some delicious dough-balls off the street out our bus windows we've now checked into our rooms at the Catholic Guest House.
It's even hotter here than anywhere else we've been to yet! But less humid fortunately. So we have more of a "purer" sweat going on.

We are all very excited to to settle in, as we will be here for 2.5 weeks. Thursday we will hopefully have our hospital tour and introductions to staff. Tomorrow we are looking forward to exploring the city more and tracking down a store. Tomorrow evening will will attend a welcome ceremony for us at Sinbad's (our friend and guide) Village - Chanshegu - which we are very much looking forward to!

It feels like we've been here for weeks! We have been able to do so many things.
On Saturday we went to the Slave Castle Memorial in Cape Coast. We took a tour around the location thousands of slaves got sent off from their homeland to various countries. We were shocked at the atrocities that took place, and horrified at the awful conditions they were forced to live in. It was helpful to see more of the history of Ghana and many other countries. A taxi driver shared a wise and optimistic perspective with some of the girls of the good things (infrastrucure, culture, etc.) that came out of the exploitation.

Sunday we went to Kakum national park. We went on the sketchy Suspension bridges way up in the trees, and had a nature walk tour through some rainforest areas. We learned about some traditional plants that are know for their various healing properties. Unfortunately we didn't see any monkeys there, but someone claims to have seen some hanging around the side of the street on one our our trips!

We are currently in an air-conditioned internet cafe (Hallelujah chorus!!). We got downtown by 6 of us piling into a taxi to the size of a Fiat! There are very few driving rules here and every ride is filled with constant honking and dangerous maneoveurs.

Note to Emery's family: Yes, your daughter successfully touched one of the crocodiles! And ate fruit off the street. Look at this girl go!

That's all for now! Looking forward to so much more to come!!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you are seeing Ghana alright - and I am sure that notions of "determinants of health" and health equity have whole new meanings for you already. I am looking forward to hearing more as you start to engage in nursing practice and work with your fellow students and RN colleagues. And yes, I agree that taxi drivers are often a great source of wiswdom and local knowledge!

    Take care,