Our last two weeks in Ghana was full of ups and downs. Neither of us were looking forward to leaving and it was as hard as we thought it would be.
It took us nearly 5 months to get Ema to invite his girlfriend Adwoa around but the last month we were able to spend a lot of time with them both together, including our last night in Ghana. She loves dancing - as do I :)
Double date with Ema and Adwoa
Emphasis on decoding this time
Being interviewed by the press
Miracule, Adwoa and Martin - a.k.a constant, new, old :)
Groups preparing their phonics lesson Lesson being delivered
Back at base things carry on as usual. The children around the base bored as ever wanting to learn constantly!!!! Or even just have something to do.
Doing some group reading - off their own back :)
Martin's phonics group
Patience, far left, sporting her Frozen onezy that she bought from the jumble sale
Found a baby mouse - so cute!!!!
Abena, Sandy, Kwaku and Evelyn (smiling beautifully at the time, doesn't look like it though)
We decided to have a party :) We made friends with some obronis who are volunteering with IVHQ not too far from us (Tinkong) so we wanted an excuse to wear our Ghanaian clothes and dance :) They were all such great company. It was a fab night. The people of Abenta loved it too.
Rachel (met her in January in Lake Bosomtwe) [Irish], Monty [Canadian], Tina [Ghanaian], me, Katie [British] and Charlotte [British]
Bit of boggle at a party...why not?!
The next day Lodz, Rach, Monty and I checked out Aburi Botanical gardens. Very beautiful and gave us another chance to hang out with cool people, who have a huge love for banku (a common Ghanaian dish).
Being near Accra, we capitalised on different ingredients - cauliflower, green beans and potatoes - topped up with beef from Adawso (how did we never spot that?!), Martin made a stunning roast
So botanical gardens was the first day of many not very nice days to do with my teeth. Turns out my top wisdom teeth were growing into my cheek. This caused an ulcer to occur, a lot of pain when swallowing (and just existing) and unable to chew food. Not great. We found a great dentist who sorted it all out for me. 1 week, antibiotics and a tooth extraction later I was fine...or was I...stay tuned for more on my teeth :) I had a Friends box set to keep me company whilst Martin did all the work so it wasn't that bad.
This time I made sure I had photo graphic evidence (unlike when I stopped my parents when I had mumps at 15-biggest case the doctors had ever seen)
Martin grabbed another opportunity to train people on phonics. This time trying out a 2.5 hour version of his two day training course. It went very well and he met some more lovely people. (I couldn't go as was ill - did I mention I had problems with my teeth? lol)
We returned to Akosombo!!!!! A shame we couldn't fly Patrick, Joel and Scott over but we had a great time. The view from and food of the Volta hotel couldn't be missed. Kayaking was a necessity again, this time Aikins and I got our own kayaks. Lots of laughter, a few swimming lessons (might have had to tell a few fibs about people being able to swim) and fortunately no one drowned :s . Ema was an absolute natural and one every race.
Tro tro selfie (Martin isn't smiling because he is saying 'Me baba chiaw' - his version of a song lyric)
It fits perfectly that the last church we went to in Ghana was Aikins'. We both love this guy so much and he has been a great example as a Christian for us. We also love the Mensah family so spending time with them was great.
Father and daughter xxx
Emmanuella and the view from the church
Sheena and Tina using an umbrella for sun - this is unheard of in the UK :)
The snake was HUGE!!!!!
Nope - tiny, but the only one we have seen up close in Ghana
Mensah compound, such lovely memories
Emmanuella, Sheena and B - eating gari and milo
Beans stew and rice - yum!
Tina, Aikins, Stephen and Gabo (both workers of VbV)
We were blessed in our last week to be able to spend two evenings with Tina (and Sheena) on the base!!!! I have been wanting this for ages. Tina and Aikins were such great company, lovely couple.
Double date with Aikins and Tina and we had Sheena :)
We were very proud or our participants to the Adult English course and how well they did. They all received their certificates.
Emmanuel receiving his certificate
It was hard saying goodbye to our work partner for the last 6 months. We will miss him lots but this is only the start to our friendship and working relationship :)
Fufu - duh!!!!
On our last day full day Martin played in a football match against Yobo, they both picked their teams. Martin's team won :) I watched most of it on the side lines (some) and mainly chilled with the kiddies.
The two teams
Our two children (around the most and such kind hearts) - Kojo and Adwoa
On our last night we showed a slide show of pictures that we had taken in Abenta. They loved it. Some people really had changed in 6 months. Then we watched Mr Bean's Holiday and everyone danced to Ghanaian music, they would go all night if you let them. Difficult saying goodbye to the kids. Adwoa and I just cuddled for ages (I think she used me as a pillow, but I am taking it as the cuddle I needed). She has been like a daughter to us.
Chaos, as usual, when the camera appears
So woke up on Wednesday morning and there was an ulcer on my left side now. Grr. This meant we had to leave Abenta and few hours earlier but fortunately we got an appointment and I am now missing two wisdom teeth. We said goodbye to the school and packed up.
Bye to the school, lovely words from the headmaster
These two pages best illustrate Lodz's obsession for the last 6 months
A flying visit but we couldn't leave without saying goodbye to our wonderful friend Solomon
Bye Abenta. Bye Ghana. Thank you for having us. We had a blast and will never forget you all.
Ya bihyia bio (We shall meet again!!!!)
Liz (& Martin)