We cannot believe that we have been out here for 8 weeks now - time is going so quickly! We thought we'd had our fill of Ghanaian drama but CRASH the car hit a mango stand leaving Hannah covered in Mani's sick and Lily with a knee the size of Mars. Thankfully we are all ok and faring much better than the poor car, though we weren't so impressed with the 3 hours sat in the Police station which followed, still covered in sick. We're so so lucky as it could have been much worse.
A new volunteer is coming today! He's coming to teach English and Maths for 6 months, so we hope he likes it! Our teaching is still going really well. A few weeks ago we taught everybody how to sing a song called 'Aloha' which is very pretty and so now we are teaching it to them on the recorder so they can all play and sing it together at our concert. The "boy band" which consists of Martin on the keyboard, Joseph on the bass, Philip on the xylophone, Daniel on the ukulele and David, Bright and Richard on the drums is starting to sound really great! Richard (the youngest member of the band aged 11) is definitely the leader and keeps us all thoroughly entertained with his energy and conducting. Joseph is still enjoying his bass guitar lessons and improving everyday. He's enjoying his lessons almost as much as his teacher is enjoying seeing Lily; the marriage proposal is imminent, so it's a good job her boyfriend Jack is coming out to visit on Saturday!
Following the arrival of Jack, we are going to go travelling for 3 weeks to explore the different areas of Ghana. We will head up North to a National Park first and then play it by ear from then! We have realised plans are impossible out here...this is not necessarily a bad thing as we feel when we are back in England we will be a lot more patient and not worry or stress when things don't go to plan e.g. our dissertations!
Last night we had a pancake feast! We think we made about 80 which considering we guessed the measurements, only had a camping stove and were in 35 degree heat, is quite impressive! The children had so much fun, especially when we let them loose with some extra pancakes for their flipping competition! Every day we love the children more and more and feel such a strong attachment to them. They are all so unique and so full of character they keep us very entertained - you couldn't possibly have a favourite! We are fond of Mary who cooks us our food with her bossy yet quirky personality (definitely shown in the interesting breakfasts we are served...), Juliana for her kind heart and all round awesomeness...we could go on but we don't have much time! They are all so helpful, kind and fun to be around and we're so grateful for the opportunity to get to know them.
We have also grown accustomed (nearly) to all the things we struggled with in the first week. Our spice tolerance has increased, we are much more used to the heat, aside from the car crash, we're used to the scary driving and the constant car horns are mere background noise now, and we are pros at hiding the lumpy grey goo which still occasionally finds its way onto our table at breakfast time! There is still room for improvement with our knack for choosing the worst taxi drivers ever - we either get a marriage proposal or a scenic trip to the wrong location, or on a very good day, both. Our dancing is still slightly embarrassing compared to theirs - they are all such incredible dancers with amazing hip action and moves we didn't even know existed. Daniel is still trying to teach us a group dance but whether we will have the courage to perform it at the concert we shall see...
That's all for now! We'll update you on our travels when we get back at the end of March, providing we don't get squashed by an elephant or lost (don't worry Mum, that's not going to happen..).