Salutations!

Yesterday I was at my morning perch watching the world when the man in the compound beside me brought out two baby goats. They had been born the night before, still had their umbilical cords attached  and couldn’t stand long on their wobbly legs. They kept falling and getting back up, but they did manage to find their mother and breakfast. I watched for a long while. It was the first time I’d seen goats so young, and they were a marvel.

Today is market day so I will do a bit of shopping as I still haven’t bought any cloth. I get to one part of the market, do a bit of shopping and get too tired and sweaty to keep going. This time I hope to start out at the cloth.

We were driving to the town when we saw a huge line of men wearing white robes and black hats. They were singing. I asked the driver to park so we could watch and I could get some pictures. One man near us was happy to explain that it is a Moslem(still called Moslem here, not Muslim) organization which has three parts: women, youth and old men. Each year they have a conference at a different region. This group was the old men, all over 40. They were divided by region and they walked and sang a different song by region. We waited until all of them had passed.

Tomorrow I am meeting the old girls as my students call themselves. We are having lunch together and remembering the old times. I doubt I’ll get back here again as it is so expensive though I suppose I could get parsimonious and become a penny pincher, so not me.

The route, on Monday, will  be different than the one to come up here so I’ll get to see more of the country. We hope to get as far as Koforidua which is where I spent some time in training. I don’t know if I’ll be able to post on Monday but will if I get to the town early enough.

I hope the next stop will be the Monkey Sanctuary!

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19 Comments on “Salutations!”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Maggie and I are preparing for our normal morning of auto based activity and waiting patiently for the big animal report

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hope I will have an exciting expedition report for Maggie. I would hate to disappoint her.

      Poor Gracie has had no auto based activities. My friends said she is barking a lot at night which is not usual for her. Perhaps the stress.

      • Hedley Says:

        Totally separation anxiety, Maggie cannot stand to be away from Mrs MDH. Maybe Gracie knows its dump day ?
        I think it will be a Costco run which is always appreciated, a decent ride length and some time to survey and enjoy the parking lot.

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,

        Gracie has been sleeping on the bed with Lou, my sitter, so she is still enjoying the perks. Lou, though, is a bit scared to take Gracie out as Lou is old and Gracie will escape if given the chance. She’ll wiggle out of her collar. I know her tricks but Lou does not.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Any animal in that age is so cute to watch 🙂 I’m lucky enough to see lots of new born horses on my way to work during summer. I always slow down if there’s no other traffic 🙂

    Have a great time with the old girls tomorrow 🙂

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I too love to sit and watch the babies, especially the goats. Here I have the car pull over and I watch them play and jump. Fun!

      It was wonderful to be with my students!

  3. Bob Says:

    I hope the shopping was successful and you found what you wanted before you ran out of steam. Whenever I purchase anything in a foreign market I enjoy negotiating the price. Regardless of the final price, I am sure the merchant has made a nice profit 😉

    Enjoy your visit with the old girls. And never say that anything will be the last time. Life has a way of surprising us. My hope is for my children to write the last check to undertaker, and it bounces 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I got a beautiful piece of cloth which is now being made into a shirt, I also enjoy negotiating the price. I know here the price for white men is very high so I start very low and we move from there. I do have the benefit of my students who are more than willing to bargain for me. I bought “pear” (avocado) for 1 Ghana cedi. The peace Corps volunteer bought one the same day for 3.

      I love it-the check bouncing!!!

      My old girls want me back in 2 years after I save my money to come again!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Have a good and safe trip.
    And always enough camera battery power 😉

    Meanwhile…. May I add some Ghanaian music?
    (Though I haven’t found the singing moslems yet…)

    FraFra Traditional style: “Talensi Fiddle Music From Ghana”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzqDq2R7KT0

    FraFra Modern Dance Music: “Azumah by Akayaa” (2008)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WwTfx0Xwzs

    Ok, now I’m guessing. The singing moslems might be Hausa and these are singing Hausa men from Nigeria:
    “Classical Hausa Kirari music”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JE0-jTgTZY

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I love the background of the FraFra song. That is northern Ghana, my favorite part of the country, bleak as it is in the dry season. That’s when it seems the first video was made.

      There is a popular singer in Ghana who sings in English and FraFra and he uses that fiddle. It has a wonderful sound especially added to the drums.

      Thanks for these-they are all new to me!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    New baby goats. Awww. New baby anything, actually. Even chickens and spawnlets of Satan.

    Sorry that Gracie is having a sad time. She needs a dump run.

    Hope you started out at the cloth market and got whatever you wanted.
    See everything you can but always assume that you will return.
    Have a good road trip. I’m looking forward to monkeys.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Ghana is populated with all sorts of babies now: goats, cattle, Guinea fowl and chickens and more chickens, all in different stages of growth. I love watching them.

      I miss Gracie and Fern and Maddie. It is Maddie I worry the most about as she lost her hair from nerves last year. I am hoping she’ll not be bald!

      The roads are crowded and the drivers manic, but I figure I’ll survive!

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Kat,
    I’ve enjoyed your travel posts so much. Also sorry Gracie is missing her mom so much. Miss you and know you are having a wonderful time.
    Waving,
    Lori

  7. MT C Says:

    Enjoy your journey. Be careful though that they don’t try to keep you at the sanctuary!

    Carl

  8. morpfy Says:

    good morning 🙂


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