weeks 9,10 & 11
Just a short one today...
We've had the best month out here travelling the country and seeing all that Ghana has to offer. Lily's boyfriend Jack came out to join us for 10 days and we started our travels with a 13 hour bus journey up to Tamale (which is in the North). We visited Mole National Park and Hannah and Jack both saw wild Elephants for the first time which was such an amazing experience. We also nearly got charged at by one which wasn't so amazing. Jack also got mistaken for a Warthog by a rather hilarious American child much to our amusement.
Following our trip to the North, we headed West on an even longer 15 hour trotro ride to Wli falls. Here we went swimming in the waterfalls and climbed to the top of the highest waterfall in West Africa and then Lily nearly fell down it again as we got caught in a tropical rainstorm on our descent - muddy bums all round. Next was Mountain Paradise (true to it's name) where we trekked through forests surrounding Mount Gemi - everywhere we stayed was so beautiful! Leaving here, we had a super fun motorbike ride to Ho where we continued on to Akosombo. We stayed in an amazing lakeside retreat where we went jet skiing, canoeing and swimming in the lake. It was then time for Jack to head back to England, so we took him to Jamestown in Accra to meet all of the children we work with. The next day we both carried on to the South where we had a week of luxury swimming and sunbathing in some of the most incredible places we have ever been in our lives! Often we had a whole beach to ourselves and slept in super cool huts on stilts on the beach. We really did have the best time travelling (helped by the 20p Gin) and all the people we met were so friendly however, after two and a half weeks we really missed the children and knew it was time to head back.
Since then, Martin's keyboard skills are rockin', Philip has remembered all of his xylophone parts so we are very happy and we put the band together for the first time to play through 'Reach for the Stars' and it sounded incredible! This week, three new music volunteers are coming which will be great. We've also been invited to teach in a school after one of the teacher's heard two year old Mani singing one of the songs we taught them. We will teach them songs for a programme for the 5th May (the day before we come home!) It is Lily's birthday this week so we are preparing ourselves for a Ghana style party on Wednesday followed by an English party on Saturday - we are very excited!
Whilst we were away, Daniel (the amazing dancer) was offered the chance to go to China for a year to join a dance troupe. They will pay him and provide him with accommodation and food so it was too good of an opportunity to turn down. We are very proud of him and really hope he will do well - although we will miss him a lot! He has promised that now he has a passport he will come and visit us in England which would be so much fun.
Farewell for now from a 40 degree Ghana,
Love Lily and Hannah x