Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

Random snaps from life in Tamale

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fellow VSO volunteers at our regional meetingWe thought we’d pop a few snapshots here, to show a representation of some aspects of our life in Tamale. The VSO volunteers gather together twice a year to review “things”. This group shot at a local restaurant shows the volunteers who are working in the Northern Region of Ghana. Biggest disappointment of the meeting was that the “pizza was finished”….

Mark cycling near our houseMany of you would know that Mark is an avid cyclist. His used Chinese reject bike here is a far cry from the carbon fibre machines favoured by his lycra clad mates in Perth. Note optional extras on this model, which include a front basket (perfect for shopping), the kickstand (highly recommended for you, Brenton), dynamo powered light for those early morning rides and pack rack on the back for extra food. Also note this is a “fixi” model (single gear set).

Sunday is washing day for the Shox'sMark, sporting new haircut, demonstrates our Sunday washing technique. We work from opposite ends (Mark on blue bowl, Mar on beige). Green and Red buckets are for first and second rinse cycles. Total washing time per week – under two hours (excludes drying time).

Pick the safety issue in this picture....When cycling gets a little difficult, there is always the option of catching the local transport. This sight occurs outside of our home every Saturday morning. Note that the women passengers are “safely” ensconsed inside the truck….

displaying the latest in Ghanaian fashion!A happy snap modeling the latest in Tamale fashion. It would be difficult to pick us from locals, we know…

our favorite lunch spot - the "garden cafe"Mar enjoying our favorite local lunch spot, which we fondly refer to as our “garden café”. Note the food preparation area is the small blue building on the right (background). We enjoy a serve of jollof rice with a boiled egg in a tomato based sauce, plus the obligatory coke for the Mar several days of the working week. Total expenditure, 3 Ghana cedis, 50 peshwa (about $3 AUD).

"on the job"... conducting an interview for The Advocate newspaperMar “on the job” conducting an interview with an aspiring athlete. Go the girls! Part of our job involves contributing a few articles each month to RUMNET’s newspaper – the Advocate. We are trying to add some human interest stories to complement the development issues that we are normally focused on…..

kids enjoying the festivities at Women's DaySmall children at women’s day festival, obviously enjoying themselves!


Written by Mar(k)

November 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Life in Ghana

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  1. Hiya, Just a quick note to let you know that the blog is read and appreciated. Particularly the bikes and haircuts…..


    Ian Singleton

    November 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

    • hi ian! many thanks for that! glad to know it’s being read, and our life is being kept up with! ; )
      hope all is well with you! drop us a note sometime and let us know how everything is going!!! we’d love to hear…
      kind regards, Mar(k)

      Mar Knox

      November 15, 2009 at 8:29 am

  2. Enjoying your updates, but very concerned that you appear to have swapped meetings…at least this one looks more informal (and much more diverse) than the old ones! Even more concerned that you’re letting Shirkers ride his bike given his track record!!! 🙂

    David Whittam

    November 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    • hey Dave! indeed – Shirkers DOES rather concern me…. but he saved me last night from almost heading directly into a ditch (it was pitch black, and we were cycling from work)…. picture DEEP gutter (2+ metres) without any barriers right next to “cycle path”…. very scary! well, particularly today as we drove by and I saw where I nearly ended up! hope all is well with you! you still in HOOOston? take care – Mar(k)

      Mar Knox

      November 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm

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