Corke, cats and kente cloth

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So don’t get tooooo excited… I got online, yes, at another PCV’s ICT lab, but some force is still against me checking my email becuase every single time i’ve tried to go to gmail the internet times out. I got onto facebook for a moment but then that failed too, so this blog is my last effort at communication. Keep sending me emails if you have been, because someday the gods have to forgive whatever terrible thing I’ve done and let me get into gmail again, at which point i will take my sweet time and savor every last word.

You may have noticed a couple things:
1) the prince count has moved to 1. As many of you know, my dear mother and grandmother were invited to a reception involving the beloved Prince William and Kate. Please contact her if you’re interested in what jeans they were wearing (it was western themed for the Calgary Stampede). Because I am half of my mother’s blessed genes, I have half met a prince. and becuase kate was also there, I count that as a full meeting. So I haven’t quite reached a Ghanaian Prince yet, but rest assured I am constantly seeking them out.
2) some people have tagged pictures of me on facebook, and I’m looking really ghanaian these days. It’s true. I’ve been practicing how to carry things on my head, babies on my back, and eat fufu the right way (NO CHEWING – mom you’d like it, it’s just the way you like Thanksgiving dinners). I’m pretty authentic at this point. Also the reason why they can get on facebook and I can’t is because they aren’t cursed like me. It probably has something to do with their not having red hair and having a soul or something. over it.
3) my parasite count is still at 0. I know, I know, I was disappointed too when the PC Doctor told me that most PCVs in Ghana don’t get parasites…but I WILL be mostly working with children so I do have a decent chance at worms. I’ll obviously let you know.

I’m currently in the Volta region (by Togo) in a town called HoHoe (ho-hoy). We are studying more sign language and technical skills at the school for the deaf here. I got to weave kente today! (kente is the colorful woven fabric Ghana is famous for, look it up) I was terrible, clearly, and eventually I’ll have pictures to show you just how terrible. Or maybe someone less cursed then me will post them. We also got to go and learn how to fire and make recycled glass beads! As I said before, that’s hopefully something I’ll get to continue at my school. I also have pictures of those….maybe someday. They’re really pretty and eventually I might take orders from you guys and send them over so it’s never too early to think about Christmas!!!

I miss people and cheese a lot, but the family I’m staying with out here has a cat and some dogs that don’t look like they’re dying so at least I’m getting my animal-fix. They also have been teaching me some dances including the Bobobo, and Akbagya (no idea how to spell that one), and one othr that involves muscles i seem to be lacking.

Next week we travel back to the Eastern region for our Counterpart workshop! Our counterparts are the people PC assigns us basically to be our first friends at each of our schools. So the workshop lasts one week and is a time for all of us to meet our counterparts together. After that I head up to my site for the first time with my counterpart and stay up there for a week! I’m SO excited to see where I’ll be living. Also, I apparently gave you wrong information about my site..there’s a silent G not a silent B, so it’s pronounced Buo-wego or something. I’m still working on it myself.

Tomorrow I’m going to the “Ancestral Caves” which Ive been told involves some rock climbing and some steep cliffs! Then I’ll be seeing another PCV who works with a women’s group that specialized in batik.

Rumors are still flying about who will be attending our Swearing in ceremony at the end of August. There are some dreamy hopefuls who think it’ll be Obama, but the rest of us have settled of someone of a slightly less caliber like Hilary Clinton or Biden. Either way I might be able to get a dress made out of any of the many Obama fabrics/cookies/wines/notebooks/portraits they have there and show some american pride. And wear my meat pinny of course. It’s with me in Volta, it doesn’t leave my side, so it’s definitely seeing the sites as I do. And smelling the smells.

Ok I think that’s all. I think I’ll close by wishing Traver a happy birthday on the 13th… I was going to write you an email but that doesn’t seem to be possible. I’ll just use this public venue to do it instead. I hope everyone is having an awesome summer and be careful! I hear there’s a heat wave crossing the country!

and PLEASE PLEASE keep emailing, i’m dying to hear from everyone and WILL find a way to get onto gmail. I also DO have a cell phone, I believe it costs you guys 20 cents to get a text from me and 25 to send one, plus I can call you for pretty cheap, so if you’re interested contact my mom – I don’t want to post the number in case of spamming.

LOVE

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7 responses to “Corke, cats and kente cloth

  1. I am officially ordering beads for Christmas. As many as you can make – and however you put them together, or not. Love your news!

  2. You are really smart and I like your blog. I also like the goat in the picture, and I think you are looking very Ghanaian, although perhaps not yet fat enough from fufu. Don’t worry, I will come visit soon and show you how.
    SHLOVE

  3. loving these – keep ’em coming when you can!! I’m so glad to see you have such a great sense of humor through this whole thing. xo

  4. I’m not sure that “Prince count” is legitimate, sis. I think you need to carve out some time for dedicated ‘princing’ (the act of finding a prince). Acquiring a proficiency in kente cloth weaving wouldn’t hurt, no doubt.

    You are missed. I’m on business travel currently, but when i get home a first order of business is to figure out how to call you. And do that. Beccasister can probably work that out right quick, but i’m dedicated to giving it my best shot.

    Also, i request more information on fufu. Probably with photo documentation.

    Love,
    Jon

  5. Lauren,
    We just read your latest blog on this cool, 68 degree, Sunday afternoon as we took time off form reading the Valley News. The Upper VAlley RPCV group is very active and has been doing several service projects in this area. We went to one of their get togethers a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed meeting many upper Valley folks who have served all over the world. WE think of you every day as we have our Peace Corps Calendar in our bathroom and can enjoy learning about various countries. Our friend in Thailand has another 6 months left in PC and hopes to continue working in the country.We’re so excited for you and this adventure in your life.
    Love and hugs, Sandie and Reeve (RPCV: Liberia 7)

  6. So …. it’s all really good, but truly, they do have internet in Ghana, and your Peace Corps buddies over there seem to be able to post photos, so …. let’s get going on that front. I think you can even post them on your blog. Otherwise, how do we REALLY know that you are over there?? You could be right next store, or down the street at Starbucks, for all we know. SO WE WANT TO SEE PICTURES! And not pictures of goats or even fufu – cute children would be preferred!

  7. Yes. Becca and I are already re-reading. Get over it. You’ll get soft with age, too.

    Anyways… we were both reading silently when the tranquil mood was disturbed by near-simultaneous fits of laughter. When people mention that you’re a good writer, i typically pass it off as small talk. But gems like this demonstrate that you have a really compelling voice:

    “I miss people and cheese a lot, but the family I’m staying with out here has a cat and some dogs that don’t look like they’re dying so at least I’m getting my animal-fix.”

    Solid. Gold.

    Love that it’s followed up by the slightly self-indulgent, if also laugh-out-loudable alias ‘MommaCorke Famous Author of “About Me””.

    How did I end up in a family where I’m even forced to be creative in the comments section to keep up with the pace? 🙂

    We miss you. Beccasister and I tried to call on Sunday, but Ma and Pops already had you on the line. Love.

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