So, I'm a fan of Big Brother. In case you don't know what that is, it's a television show that airs every summer about people living in a house competing for money, without any way to leave and no outside contact. Through their experiences, they win luxuries like their favourite food items, a private bedroom for a week, or even some contact with family and friends in the form of a letter, call, or video.
Living in Ghana has been a kind of similar. I feel pretty far away from my loved ones, and I've lost a lot of life's luxuries that I used to take for granted. Take western food for example. Most of the time our diet in town consist of rice, beans, eggs, bread, and select vegetables like tomatoes and onions. I'm already getting sick of eating the same thing all the time. But last night we all travelled to Bolga for Chelsea's birthday, and man was it great! We ate at this place in town that serves western food, and I went to town on some springrolls, fried vegetables in garlic butter, and margarita pizza. I don;t even think I can do justice to how happy I was during that meal. Honestly, it was a huge pick me up after a bit of a hard week. And now I'm eating crackers with laughing cow cheese! A treat I picked up for myself while in Bolga, along with some Pringles chips, and real Heinz Ketchup! Egg sandwiches are about to get 100x better!
Then take communication. I'm writing this now because I finally managed to get my hands on an internet stick in Bolga, and can now surf the web from home. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to connect with people again, and to keep up with the lives of everyone I care about. Phone calls have been really nice too! Just hearing the voice of someone I love on the other side of the planet has made a huge difference in many of my days here. While it's nice to experience pieces of home again, there are so many great aspects of living here that would be considered true luxuries back home. Ghana is such a spiritually uplifted country, and it's so good for the soul to be around happy people all the time. Honestly, everyone here is always smiling, laughing, and connecting with one another despite the fact that many live in poverty. It's really beautiful to be part of a community like this where you connect with dozens of people every day. Another thing that I've really loved are the children. They are freakin adorable, and call out "Smalli Smalli" every time they see a white person, and they can scope you from long distance. And when you look over and wave, they smile so big, and it's just so amazing. Another thing I love about being here is the lifestyle. I've been biking over 10km everyday, and my diet has significantly improved. There's also way less stress here, because most people aren't rushing around every minute of the day, and their attitudes are all pretty laid back and chill. There's a sense of freedom that comes along with that type of approach to time and work, and I really love it. I feel physically healthier already, and along with the spiritual uplift and mentally challenging work I feel I'll be able to grow a lot as a person while I'm here. Life is good when you have the trinity of mind, body and soul all aligned.