Discovering some great finds in Osu

Discovering some great finds in Osu

                                   HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE BACK HOME 
                                         AND TO ALL OF YOU AROUND THE WORLD!
When I first arrived in Ghana, everything felt so foreign; the places, the food, and the atmosphere.  Now that I’m beginning to learn my way around, I’ve been able to explore and see things through the eyes of an expat and a local.  Last week when I visited Osu, I didn’t know I would be in for a triple treat—finding a lovely shop that serves a great cause and finding a fun Mexican restaurant!  Here’s a look at what I did last week.

In my travel book, I had read about an organization called Global Mamas, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower local women by educating them with vocational skills for a better life.  I’d been wanting to visit the store for a while, so last Saturday I decided to take the time to pay them a visit.  On one of the local websites, I also discovered that they were having a huge sale on their clothing—so the choice was easy!  I had a little trouble locating the store when I got to Osu, but a friendly police officer asked his friend who asked his friend where the store was and before long, I had a personal escort to the shop!  The store was lovely with friendly Ghanaians and a woman who appeared to be an American.  The shop was nicely laid out with all of the discount clothes clearly marked.  I was tickled to death when I found really attractive pieces in my size.  I almost fell on the floor when I tried them on and they fit me perfectly.  While in the dressing room, a woman who had a Dutch sounding accent knocked on the door and said, “We’re waiting.”  I calmly said, “I have a lot of clothes to try on here but I’m dressing and undressing as fast as I can.”  She quickly said, “Okay!”  The store also featured Shea butters and natural soap, which I love.  I decided to purchase the attractive Rosemary-scented soap on my next visit.  I loved the shop and was thankful to have found it.  To learn more about the great work Global Mamas is doing, check out globalmamas.org.

Lovely clothing from Global Mamas, November 22, 2014
I’ll wear this one next week, November 22, 2014
If the amazing shop wasn’t enough, as I walked out of the shop, I looked to my right and found a Mexican style restaurant!  I looked up to heaven and said, “Thank you, God!”  Inside, the restaurant was extremely clean with comfortable leather chairs and what appeared to be teak-wooden blinds.  The music was American which took away from the Mexican feel a bit, but overall, a gorgeous place.  Once I sat down to make my order, I looked at my phone and realized my friend, Addison had given me a call.  I quickly called her back and she told me she was in Osu down the street.  I told her to come have dinner with me and before long, we were laughing uncontrollably about stuff I don’t even remember.  When she came to the table she said, “Did you know Global Mama’s is having a crazy sale?”  I simply pointed to my huge brown shopping bag and we both laughed.”  The food at La Casa was muy delicioso (very delicious)!  I know I’ll be going back!

Out front of the Mexican restaurant, November, 22, 2014
Lovely inside, November 22, 2014

Beautiful Taco salad, November 22, 2014 
Unfortunately, the menu didn’t describe the fire inside the salad, so I had to end up ordering something else.  When I asked the server if she could just take the spicy meat out, she said, “Please, without meat the salad won’t be nice!”  Meat does make things tastier, November 22, 2014 
So I ended up getting this beautiful bacon-avocado burger.  First time I’ve seen avocado in months, November 22, 2014
I kid you not, this is the first cupcake I’ve seen with icing since I’ve been in the country.  The icing was clearly the best part!-November 22, 2014

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it—it’s so important to find opportunities for relaxation and familiarity when one is so far away from home.  As I’m making this post on Thanksgiving day, I miss family and friends back home, but I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.  This experience in Ghana is certainly one among many.  I’m thankful for all of you who read my blog and support me with your kind messages and prayers.  Thanks for keeping up with me as I explore a foreign land!  Next week, I’ll share how I spent my Thanksgiving weekend in Region number 5-the Upper East Region!  Until then, be blessed!

One thought on “Discovering some great finds in Osu

  1. Great pics as always and a nice way to treat yourself to some new clothes and a new Mexican restaurant. Your comment about it being important to find opportunities for relaxation is spot on and I'll share that with our new Schoars. Take care, we're thinking about you.

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