The other day I was working in a different office because the conference room where I was originally parked was undergoing some maintenance. I kept hearing someone speaking English with a distinct Filipino accent. Then the following morning I actually ran into her. She said “Are you” at the same that I started with “I’m –“ She explained that she was a local hire and married a Ghanaian. We got into the elevator with two Ghanaian colleagues and I asked them if they could tell we were “sisters.” They said yes.
I’m glad that I’ve been to Accra (and Ghana, sort of, or at least the road from Ouagadougou to Accra via Tamale) before; otherwise I’d be really frustrated that I haven’t seen anything apart from the hotel and the office. The hotel is pretty isolated (near the airport) so it’s not like staying in Osu, which is one of the more fun areas of the city. Apparently President Obama stayed at this hotel because it was a lot easier to secure.
I had a meeting today with my counterpart at the Ministry of Agriculture. We went round and round the different office buildings until I saw her looking for us. She said that the building was recently renovated and the “Women in Agriculture Development Directorate” sign was painted over. *sigh*
What hotel are you staying in? Are you working at the USAID office? I spent a couple of months there in 2004.. but I guess that was before they moved the whole official US community to what used to be called Bud Field.
How long are you in Ghana? Will you get to see anything? If you have any energy/time you should try to go out in Accra one evening. There are some fun night clubs, and the night club culture is interesting (though different from village culture of course).
And if you have time and want to visit a village, my village is a one hour drive by car.. all you have to do is tell them you are a friend of Abena the obruni peace corps volunteer from 97-99 and they will treat you very well.