Africa: Day 5 & 6
Please excuse grammar, spelling, etc.
A lizard was sitting outside my dad's bedroom yesterday morning. I remained calm. Got my camera. Took a picture. And left the scene immediately. I have yet to see him again.
Nothing exciting to write about today. Woke up around 9:30. Read outside for most of the morning into the afternoon. I downloaded The Great Gatsby a couple of weeks ago. I started reading it on this trip. I'm loving it so far. I have two versions (both free). I'm not sure if there is much difference between the two or if I'll read the second version.
Later in the afternoon my dad and I walked to the 'station'. It was a 10 minute or so walk in the hot sun. Much hotter than yesterday. The station is a street with stores set up on both sides. As we entered the area a herd of cows was migrating along the street. Taxis and other passers by had little patience. Honking for the cattle to move, weaving in and out until they were no longer in the way.
The first store we went to did not have what my dad was looking for. We headed further down the street. The house is set up with North American outlets and he was looking for a power bar. He decided to buy a power bar with standard prongs. He then cut off the end and re-wired it once we got home.
Guests were waiting for us when we got back. My cousin Rita and her kids. We sat outside for a bit. She asked a few questions, but mostly talked with my dad. Her kids were pretty shy. All but the little one. He is 6 and behaved like most kids his age.
The constant buzz has returned. The power was off for much of the day. I'm not sure how I sleep with the constant beeping, some how it lulls me to sleep. After awhile it fades into the background.
We passed through Afienya on our journeys today. This is the nearest town to us. New Jerusalem, where we are, is a sub-division of Afieyna.
Along the way we passed a monkey sanctuary and saw a few along the road. We might go back when my sister arrives.
Our first stop was my uncle George's house in Akuse. There I met two of my cousins, Precious and Joshua. We only stayed a few minutes as Joshua has the chickenpox. We are unsure if I have the chickenpox and did not want to risk an infection.
We then travelled to where uncle George's wife works. I sat outside while my dad went to the bank. Mabel sells fabric. A few stores over is a woman who sews clothes. She came over to buy some fabric. They discussed a recent lease increase. One which no one can afford, but will be forced to pay. Apparently if you own a shop across the street, you pay much less.
Next stop - Volta River Authority, Kpong Generating Station. This is where my uncle works. We were given a tour, then went on our way to lunch.
Lunch was at the Maritime Club. From our seats we watched as two European women went sea-dooing and men worked at a fish farm.
After lunch we headed to the water treatment plant were I met my cousin, Thomas. He knew me as a baby and remembered me right away. He could not believe I am 33. Neither can I.
Next stop - another Volta River Authority plant in Akosombo. This one was much bigger than the first. Water from this plant is fed to the small one in Kpong. We didn't have much time, so we forwent an official tour and walked around outside.
After the plant we headed home, but not before we stopped at a shop so my dad could inquire about a satellite dish. I fell asleep much of the way home.
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