First, while Ernie, John and I were waiting on the bus to get to Kumasi, Ernie told me that it was going to be a four hour bus ride. I figured that I better use the toilet before we left, so I asked him if it would be possible. His response was, “Well, there is one, but it’s not very nice.” I figured it couldn’t be too bad so I told him that it didn’t matter. So, we hopped off the bus and weaved our way through the mob of people until we walked a little ways through a market and found ourselves at the “toilets”. As a quick summary of what the toilet looked like, it was basically an open space with a wall surrounding some tile on the ground. Then, about a foot down was more tile where you were supposed to pee. I felt like I was peeing in the shower…but…when you gotta go, you gotta go. Ernie was laughing the whole time, he told me that seeing me use that toilet was like a comedy. I was laughing too…as well as a little grossed out.
Much much more happened during my trip to Ghana, but I think I’ve written quite enough about the trip already. So, as my last Ghana post, I just wanted to share two entertaining stories:
The second memorable moment was while I was hanging out with the 5 Princeton students. There was a local village lady that continued talking in Twi to me. She knew I didn’t understand a word that she was saying, but she continued talking to me and expecting me to talk back in Twi. Jessica had to tell her several times that I didn’t understand because I didn’t speak Twi, and she had to keep translating for me. But, the woman would still talk to me in Twi every time she saw me! And she told Jessica to tell me that by the time I left, I would be speaking Twi. Then, we told her that I was only staying for a day…and she still said that I would be speaking Twi by the time I went home! If only I could become fluent in one night…