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Grace’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Location: Cape Coast, Ghana

Map"obruni... obruni..."

Ghanians are funny. They think that there are only two types of people in this world.. the white man (obruni) and the black man. This is a gross generalization because they have Chinese restaurants in the capital city of Accra. But, it's really silly being called an obruni. Yesterday, Kate and I rode our bikes to the Elmina post office, and every single little kid would run to the side of the road and yell obruni at us, and then ask us for money. It's the first time in my life that someone's not yelling saionara or ni hao ma at me.

Oh - And yesterday we finally got into the office to start the volunteer portion of my "vacation". Well this was after I went to the bank and was told that my travellers cheques were stolen because my signature didn't match. I told him to check my passport, and he said well your signature doesn't match your passport either. Well, duh! I know it doesn't because I signed my passport when I was 18! And I told him that I wanted to talk to a manager and he sent a security guard. I was trying really hard not to share very harsh words with him, and I think he was purposely trying to rile me up. But, I finally got some cedis (at a horrible exchange rate) and left. I hope that I won't have to be exchanging any more money. Anyway back to what I'm really doing in Ghana...I'll be working with Kaitlin (a Junior from Shelton Hall) on coming up with two deliverables. 1) We're comparing wages here in Ghana vs comparable countries around the world, which is quite a bit of a challenge because the internet is very very slow. 2) We're also developing (and hopefully deploying) training on how supply chains work. It's not as difficult as it sounds. The women here don't really understand how costs are added as goods are moved through the chain, so we're just coming up with really simple training and a role play situation. I hear they really like role playing.

I only have about a week left, so it'll be interesting to see what we actually come up with at the end of all this...