Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back in Niger

May 15
Okay, news from Niger: had a greatgreatgreat time on vacation, and loved Ghana through and through. Kumasi and Cape Coast were especially awesome, so much to see, so much good food, and friendly people. On Tuesday we got a car from Cape coast to Accra, and then one from Accrato Lome, Togo- a long day in the car. Lome was cool- only spent one night there, but it had a nice vibe to it. Wednesday, we took a car to Cotonou, Benin, and went straight to the bus station. And here is where our vacation was not fun, but at least it was almost over....see, our bus was supposed to leave at 9:30 in the evening and take 15 hours to get to Niamey. Instead, it left at 3am and took THIRTYHOURS. Oh. my. god. So, we just got in (Friday morning). Jen and John were ideal travel partners-- relaxed and funny, but also safe and organized. So, I guess 30 hours with them was way better than 30 hours alone or with any one else. Thank god we are all healthy! No diarrhea the whole trip! knock on wood...

Me and Jen

I am pulling a crazy move and getting BACK on a bus in 2 hours for Konni. My legs already hate me, annd now I'm going to sit even longer! Ugh. But I really want to get back, and tomorrow there's a shuttle to Foloa so I'm going to bite the bullet and just go. Willtry not to think about it anymore so the next 2 hours can be semi-enjoyable.

Oh one more thing- I went to the market this morning after getting in from Benin and bought presents for everybody. Including eighty-that's right 80- cardboard cellphones that have candy inside. I was so embarrassed, carrying that around! But the kids will LOVE it. And I got earrings for Narba and Fachi, and pretty scarves for my girlfriends, and baby clothes for the bazillion babies that were born while i was gone. and a prayer hat for Ibrahim. Oh and Zuera-Rahman's mother- had her baby last Sunday! I didn't have great reception when I called Ayouba and heard the news, so I'm not sure if it's a boy or girl, but he said everyone is healthy and fine. Thank goodness!!

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