Out with the old and in with the new!

Out with the old and in with the new!

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME AND EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD!!!

Moving out of the old house, March 27, 2015
        
          You know the old saying, there’s no place like home?  True as ever, theres no place on earth like the family homestead, and I’m not ashamed to admit that as April 7th will mark my 9th month in the country, I’m actually getting a bit homesick.  Fortunately for me, I was able to move to a new and improved ‘house’ last Friday that definitely feels more like home.  Here’s a look at the move to another spot in East Legon.
          As you may recall, I lived with my host parents in Tema for a week when I first flew into the country.  I then lived on campus at one of the local hostels.  After feeling that I had outgrown much of campus life, I moved to a family house in East Legon.  Shortly after I came home one day, went to the washroom and found that my solid bar of soap had turned into a liquid due to the blistering heat, I realized it was time to find a place that was a bit more comfortable.  Fortunately for me, God works in mysterious ways, and before I knew it, I had a new, bright, sunny place to live.

Melted Black soap in my soap container, February, 2015
Packing up wasn’t as hard this time around, March, 27th, 2015

          The new place is only about a 10 minute drive from the old place.  So I’m still in East Legon, my favorite area in Accra.  East Legon reminds me a little bit of my old home in West Ashley, SC, USA; while it’s a sprawling, built up area with lots of old houses, it’s still bursting with up and coming restaurants, shopping facilities, embassies, NGOs, and schools.  Not to mention the architecture of the residences are unique and exotic.  

Moving to the house was easy; I hadn’t unpacked my kitchen items from when I lived in the hostel so a third of the work was already done.  All I had to do was pack my clothes in my suitcases, my notebooks in my bag, my toiletries and melted soap in a box, tidy the room, and I was on my way!  A friend and a neighborhood guy helped me get all the items moved, so that made life even easier.

The neighborhood guy helping me move, March 27th, 2015 
Loading up the car, March 27, 2015

The new place is only about a 10 minute drive from the old place.  So I’m still in East Legon, my favorite area in Accra.  East Legon reminds me a little bit of my old home in West Ashley, SC, USA; while it’s a sprawling, built up area with lots of old houses, it’s still bursting with up and coming restaurants, shopping facilities, embassies, NGOs, and schools.  Not to mention the architecture of the residences are unique and exotic.  

My new home, April 6, 2015

My comfy bedroom, April 6, 2015
A gift from my new neighbors in the compound, March 27, 2015
Moving to the house was easy; I hadn’t unpacked my kitchen items from when I lived in the hostel so a third of the work was already done.  All I had to do was pack my clothes in my suitcases, my notebooks in my bag, my toiletries and melted soap in a box, tidy the room, and I was on my way!  A friend and a neighborhood guy helped me get all the items moved, so that made life even easier.

The new place is a gated compound (like the old house).  A gateman/security guard is there 24/7 and also helps with odd jobs.  I have my own room with an air condition (!), fan (!), cold and hot running water (!), two bedroom windows (!), and a bookcase.  I share the living room and kitchen with my roommate who’s as nice as she can be.  There is also a half bath which connects to the living room, couches, a dining room table, and and two air conditions in the shared space.  The kitchen also has a hot water heater and a washing machine (!).  There are six apartments with a separate house off to the side.  About four other women live in the other apartments and have all been over to introduce themselves.  The one downside is that it’s an air traffic zone, so we hear a lot of planes overhead, but seeing the planes is kind of nice because it makes me think about going back home next month!   


I’m so thankful for my new home in East Legon.  It’s a clean, comfortable retreat when it’s time for rest and relaxation.  Next week, I’ll discuss my Resurrection Day weekend celebration with my host parents in Tema.in a  It’s a great upgrade and more of what I had envisioned for myself before I arrived in Ghana  

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