Posted by: devonhamilton | September 2, 2010

Flights, Fundraisers and Food!

It’s official: I’m going to Ghana. It always was official, but now it is BOOKED! I leave on October 3 and leave Accra on December 13 – but extended my layover in Amsterdam from 8 hours to 3 days – so I will be flying into Toronto on December 16.

The past couple of days have been busy. We have a date for our fundraiser: Thursday, September 23. I’m currently in the process on trying to get some prizes for raffles, although I already have a few. It will be at the Emmet Ray at College and Dovercourt. $10 cover with door prizes, raffle prizes, and 50/50 draw – plus you’ll be supporting a great cause!

Yesterday I met up with some of my former classmates, one of whom travelled to YCI with Ghana. Her advice was extremely helpful and she even provided us with some contacts. She not only had a great experience with YCI but absolutely loved Ghana. It seems like everyone who has been comes back loving it, so that must be a good sign! I was also convinced to bring my laptop with me to Ghana, which I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to do. It sounds like I will need it and will have access to the Internet when needed.

Today I met up with a former colleague, Amanda. We worked together in the Aboriginal community of Nemaska, Quebec. It’s hard to believe but that was six years ago! I was only 18 during that experience, and it during this time that I learned how to cook – taught by Amanda.

Amanda spent eight months in Ghana with One World Global Education (see their website here). Our experiences will differ but her insight on Ghanaian culture and customs was helpful just the same! Amanda also cooked me her version of a traditional Ghanaian meal. We had balls of rice with a soup made of tomato and peanuts (we also added vegetables where typically they would add fish).

This was delicious and made with vegetables Amanda grew herself (even better!). To further this cultural experience, we ate with our hands! This was a little difficult for me because I am left handed, and you are not supposed to eat with your left hand in Ghana. To eat this soup you grab a chunk of rice, roll it in your right hand, and dip it. I had a really hard time making a ball with my right hand, because typically I would do this with my left. I got better at it by the time I finished the bowl, but it wasn’t easy!

One month tomorrow!

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