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The Top 10: 10 things we will miss in Ghana

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We have had to end our volunteer placement after only one year, due to some ongoing health issues.  It has been a fantastic experience, and is indeed bittersweet to be returning home early.  However, this is the beginning, not  the end of our volunteering experience.  Please stay tuned on the blog, as we do intend to keep on writing.  For now, we are wrapping up with a series of posts over the next while in a “Top 10” format. 

Our first one is the top 10 things we will miss from Ghana:  (in no particular order)

1.  the smiling faces and greetings that you are met with everywhere.

2. the colorful dress of the women and the beautiful fugus (smocks) that the men wear.

3. the friendly vegetable sellers who “dash us” (ie: give us a little bit extra, as we are regular customers) – and the many people with bowls on their heads….  it will be an enduring memory of life in Africa!

4.  our dear friends Zara and Gadu – the dressmaker across the road from our home, and her apprentice.  Such beautiful women!

5.  getting our hair “done” for 1,2 or 3 Ghana cedis (about 70 Aussie cents to the cedi)

6.  the optimism and friendliness of everyone;  even people in incredibly difficult circumstances display an optimism that we can all learn from.

7. the smile and laugh of our dear friend and taxi driver Baba.   What a gorgeous man!  

8.  fellow VSO colleagues and friends.   they are an inspiring lot!  And an inspiration – so many wonderful people who are giving their time to help others.  Beautiful.

9.  our weekend feasts of beautiful food with dear friend Shirley….

10.  the multitude of lizards and birds in our garden.


Written by Mar(k)

October 11, 2010 at 3:19 am

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  1. Hi Mark,
    We survived Mumbai and the jungles of Sarawak. I guess you and Mar must have gone through a much tougher survival regime that I went through as a child in the jungles of Borneo. I loved the mountain streams and waterfalls. However, there are downsides. Having a toothache when so far away from medical assistance is an experience to be avoided. My best friend, Jali succumbed to a simple tooth infection and passed away when he was about 7 years old. His mum gave me his toy boat for remembrance. Today, such medical emergencies would be no problem, the nearest district hospital is a mere 30 minutes away.


    October 12, 2010 at 2:11 am

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