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Jun 1, 2009 - My room the sauna

It has officially been 3 weeks since I left Miami. So far I’ve been pretty lucky (except for the issues I’ve been having with the phone and video camera). I’ve been fairly healthy for being in a completely different environment (knock on wood). But seriously, there are some people here that have thrown up or had “other” issues for weeks at a time. Once I got to the hospital I asked my co-worker where my old phone was (as if he actually attempted to sell it back for me), and he said it was at his house. I was like “well I need it because I...

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May 31, 2009 - I guess I'll go with mango

Last night I couldn’t fall asleep for some weird reason, so I didn’t get much sleep. For breakfast we went to an amazing hotel (Akosombo Continental) and had a great meal. Got myself some eggs, toast, baked beans, sausage (hot dogs), and coffee, all for an affordable 5.50 cedi. I find myself thinking and talking about food a lot because the food here is CRRRAP compared to back home. And it’s ridiculous how customer service works over there. They take forever, and when you order something it goes a lot like this… Natalie: “Oh yay! They...

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May 30, 2009 - and I have no phone...

I woke up today to some crappy weather. The only plus side was that it actually felt very cool in my room. At around 9:30 I got a text from a fellow volunteer about meeting in Mamfe to then go together to Akosombo. I waited for them in Mamfe, and they were late (of course). On the way to Akosombo I got to ride in the front seat of the tro. I found this to be quite enjoyable because the seat was much more comfortable (except for when there was a lovely smelling man eating peanuts sitting next to me). It took us about an hour and a half to...

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May 29, 2009 - I spoke in Spanish all day today

As you may recall, I met a Cuban doctor named Andres a few days ago. Wellllll today he came to visit me in the physio department and took me to this nearby orthopedic hospital. There I met this Cuban woman named Rayze. She was born in Cuba but moved here 12 years ago and has 2 kids here. She's not allowed to go back to cuba for some weird Fidel reason, and she can't go to the states, so shes stuck. She also said that she thinks she has a sister in Miami that she was separated from when she was a kid. Unfortunately the last name is...

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May 28, 2009 - Not much to say

Thursday is when I go to Koforidua to take money out. Not a very exciting experience, except for the fact that I bought my ginger snap cookies! After dinner we had 2 volunteers come over. One is from Scotland (coolest accent ever) and the other is from chicago. Besides that, today was rather boring. Finished my Lost World book and took a little nap. Fun Fun Fun

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May 27, 2009 - Outreach program

Today was my first day doing the outreach program. I went with 2 other volunteers and 2 program directors to 2 different schools. There we dressed the kid’s nasty wounds. I was shocked to see how many similar wounds all the children had, and couldn’t imagine what they must be doing everyday to cause them. It was kind of sad because there was this one little girl who had a huge gash on her back. The volunteer and I dressed the wound with some alcohol and iodine and she started crying because it stung so much. After work I met up with some...

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May 26, 2009 - Little Chupacabra children

Today I went to work and didn’t see many patients… it was a rather slow day. Although!!!! I got extremely excited because an athlete (football player) came in with an injury! I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t on the Ghana team, but he clearly played for a club or something. It was nice, because it made me realize how much I want to keep pursuing this profession. Later on in the day I met up with 2 other volunteers and went to Accra. There I bought myself some cookies (which I’ve been craving, although they didn’t have the ginger ones I’m...

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May 25, 2009 - Internet Day.. powers out again

So I'm here once again! Hope you guys have enjoyed the journal so far. Not much going on today. Apparently it is some African holiday, so the hospital was closed. Haven't done much. Went to the wood market nearby, which has a bunch of cool african masks and other wood carvings. Soooooo, it's getting late, gonna head home. Sadly it's Amary's (one of my roomates) last day! I think we're going to go to a spot bar and hang out. tooodles! Miss you all. PS. Last night I experience my first rainstorm. It was RIDICULOUS. I woke up at 6:00 am to...

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May 24, 2009 - Canopy walk! Favorite activity so far!

So I woke up at 4:45 am to meet with a guide. The guide was supposed to be there at 5, but of course he wasnt. Actually they never even told him to meet us! We paid a guy 2 cedi to make sure the guide was there, and he wasnt. Therefore we got our money back! So the guide finally appeared at about 6am. He talked to us about the trees, which was weird. Then FINALLY, we got to walk on the Canopy Bridge. It was amazing... felt like I was in Jurassic park or something. After the park we went back to cape coast town and actually paid for a room...

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May 23, 2009 - Cape Coast Castle

So I'm retyping this because this internet sucks and it deleted what i wrote! Today I went to the Cape Coast Castle. It was interesting but also terrible. It was depressing to think about all the slaves that went through this castle. The conditions were terrible and the dungeons were dark and too small. UP to 1000 people would be in one at a time. After the castle I went to eat nearby. Had myself a "chicken sandwich". This consisted of a bit of I guess grilled chicken, and 2 fat pieces of bread. Although I must say I did enjoy the fries! I...

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May 22, 2009 - Ride to cape coast!

So I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! Today I left to Cape Coast. It’s a fairly big town in Ghana. Getting there was rather annoying. We had to take a tro because the buses were either full or had already left. The tro “mate” then decided to rip us off and charge us 3.50 when everyone on the tro was standing up for us tell him that it’s only supposed to be 3.00 GC per person. Normally I wouldn’t mind paying 3.50, but it was the fact that he wanted to jip us because we were white! Craziness… Anyway, we finally arrive at the hotel called...

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May 21, 2009 - Building and here at the Cafe

So I'm here at the Internet cafe now... just got back from a day of building. I helped shovel dirt and move bricks around, in order to continue building a house for this family that has nowhere to stay. It was fun, but extremely hot. I drank a ton of water and even used my powdered gatorade packs to make sure I didn't get dehydrated. (hahah people make fun of me because of how prepared I am) So now I'm just sitting here.. extremely hungry... and going to go home soon to get lunch. I plan on going into Koforidua today to get some money...

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