While I’ve written previously about my homestay family, I’ve yet to describe my accommodations. My homestay family is part of Ghana’s upper middle class, and thus has a very nice home. Auntie Alice has a profitable job working for the Department of Transportation and her husband works in Accra. Papa Kofi is lucky enough to attend one of the best primary schools in Cape Coast, Flowers Gay. My other host brother, Ben has is masters degree and is going back to school again in March. Until then, he has been doing a lot of traveling. I think he is currently in Egypt with his father (no one is exactly sure).
So, I live on the second floor of a building that is extremely close to the ProWorld bunkhouse. It’s a nice location because it’s very close to Abura market and only a short taxi ride from town. Our house consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a family room, and a small kitchen. My room is conveniently connected to one of the bathrooms and I have the ability to lock my bedroom door. The house itself is locked up like Fort Knox. The door leading outside locks and we have iron bars that lock outside of it. Our building is surrounded by an eight-foot gate that is also locked. Needless to say, I feel very safe.
Due to the dust that is tracked in on a daily basis, the floors are tile. There are strong ceiling fans in the bedrooms and family room to keep up cool. My bedroom is only a little smaller than mine at home and has a comfy bed. Random fact about Ghana: fitted sheets are not the norm. Instead, you tucked a top sheet under the mattress to hold it in place. Since I tend to roll around a lot in my sleep, I have to re-tuck the sheet every night.
The bathroom consists of two small rooms that are divided into the toilet and the shower. The toilet is nicer than most I’ve used in Ghana and is basically the same as home. As I’ve mentioned, I do have to take bucket baths. I found this challenging in the beginning (Especially hair washing), but now have no issues. It’s amazing to me how much water I conserve when bucket bathing. Generally, I can use less than a gallon of water per shower!
Generally, my workdays begin with me getting up at 6:30AM. My grooming habits have been streamlined due to the fact wearing makeup is pointless in this heat. It simply melts off your face. I’m ready for breakfast at 7AM and leave for my brisk (and sweaty) walk to work by 7:30. CRAN has devotion, or daily prayer, at 8AM, and then I begin work. Lunch is not a formal affair at CRAN and is anytime between 11:30AM—2:30PM. While I technically get an hour for lunch, I rarely use it and spend the extra time chatting with my coworkers. I usually leave work around 5:15PM and am back home before 6PM. Auntie Alice gets home at the same time as me and begins making dinner. I usually have dinner around 6:30PM and then watch the nightly news with my family. After some more TV or reading, I go to bed around 10:30PM. Thus the cycle begins again!