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Monday in New Akrade

Monday, November 8

I am comfortable at the Jr high. I taught a math and English class today. In between, I am tutoring or talking with the teachers. They have many questions about the US and our ways of doing things. Some of the volunteers are working construction on a 2 story addition to the primary school which will have an indoor bathroom and computer lab. The others are teaching. Fred (a retired school teacher) and I are the only ones at the jr high.
I still have not received my boxes of school supplies so Amo and I took a trotro to the post office. A trotro is a type of taxi in Ghana-usually a van. You flag it down on the highway. If there is room for you, the driver stops. Well, Amo did not explain to me that it involves a grown up game of musical chairs. That van door opens and it is a free for all! People getting off, others getting on, some switching seats-all in a hasty fashion. You are really packed in there with no AC. The entire trip there and back cost 40 pesawis (about 28 cents). NO packages yet but enjoyed the experience.

Posted by kemsmith 07:08

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Hi Kem, It's good to finally hear from you. I was worried and well I should have been. I feel your fear and pain. Your weekend get away was far from R&R. Did you at least get a nice shower when you got to your room? I'm sorry, I think, that you had the experience with the police in the van. However, I know you now really appreciate the freedom in the USA and of course, the adage, "What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger." We will miss you Tuesday at book club. I know the students and their Ghana teachers are getting a lot out of your trip. Please be safe. I continue to pray for you. Love you, Joyce

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