It's been more than a year since we last posted. Sincerest apologies. Things have changed. We've changed. The whole world has changed. On and on.
Big highlights of the past year:
1. Ghana held presidential elections in December 2012. While the opposition party stated that the elections weren't fair and are taking the Election Commission to court, things have been extremely peaceful. We're lucky to be in an African country where parties and supporters can disagree but no one gets hurt.
2. Tim won the BMW Young Leaders' Award 2013 for his work with Waste Enterprisers
and will be attending an awards ceremony in Germany this spring.
3. Carole started a new blog about markets worldwide (still playing with names - 'To Market, To Market'; '2market'; 'm2rket'; what do you think it should be, reader?). It's about inspiration from different markets worldwide, from farmer's markets to flea markets to street markets. This blog is updated much more frequently than 'Ghana Get Malaria' and is much more visually appealing - promise! www.2market.tumblr.com
4. We keep missing cold weather back home and are sad by every picture of snow that we see. But we're growing accustomed to the hot and humid air - it's a perfect place to practice Bikram yoga
What are your updates?
Tim + Carole
Yes, readers, it is. It's been a while.
Happy New Year!
Happy Valentine's Day!
... and many more that we've missed in the past couple months.
We'd love to post excuses -- we both have jobs now, we've been travelling, socialising, eating new Ghanaian food, searching for housing, entrepreneuring, etc., but in reality, we've just been lazy. As Ghanaians would say, "Sorry!"
As an apology gift, we bring you this headline from a local newspaper published today (February 13th).
Yes, today we're off to Europe for a snowy, cold, sweater-wearing Christmas. We'll be meeting Carole's sister, Teresa, and having a week-long escape in the mountains before we meet Tim's cousin and Peace Corps friend in the UK for New Year's plans.
Happy Hannukah (Chanukah? Hanukkah? friends - correct me!), Merry Christmas, Blessed Adam's Morgan Eve, or whatever you celebrate, and a Happy New Year to everyone.
P.S. Tim and Waste Enterprisers will be on BBC's World Today on December 27th! Stay tuned!
An article came out today in GOOD Magazine about the work of Waste Enterprisers in Ghana, and we think it’s pretty cool.
Here’s a short excerpt featuring our beloved Tim:
‘Waste Enterprisers COO Timothy Wade, who holds an MBA with a focus on social enterprise, has calculated that the projects they can make an “attractive profit” and then add carbon credits to that. “Then you have a pretty attractive business model,” Wade says. “And you’re getting rid of, literally, all of the shit.”’
Enjoy the full article here: http://www.good.is/post/waste-not-in-ghana-fecal-sludge-could-be-black-gold
This year, we're bringing a little American tradition to Ghana.
Despite not having found a turkey (in time and within our budget - $150 for a bird anyone?!), finding no pumpkin, and trying to survive the heat in November, we're putting together a Thanksgiving bash for a few friends, British and American alike.
We'll be grilling meat on our patio. A friend, who happens to be a chef from London, is making a pie using squash that apparently tastes similar to pumpkin. And we'll turn on our air conditioners to simulate the coldness of November in the U.S.
Things we're thankful for this year:
Carole recently got a job!
Tim has a job with a social enterprise in Ghana, and is getting first-hand work experience in the field.
We have friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with.
Wishing you a wonderful time with friends and family
A week ago, we had Tim's college friend, John, in for a visit. While we failed in making an adventure happen in Ghana's Volta region and the pretty town of Cape Coast (stories involving breaking down Land Rovers and bad stomach bugs), we had a lovely time playing cards and watching loads of Kenyan bootlegged movies in our air-conditioned apartment.
John, being a very sensitive and wise person, knew that Tim and I had had trouble finding great quality coffee in Ghana. (They do grow coffee here, but the low elevation means that they can only grow robusto--the coffee bean used in such brands as Folgers. Coming from Seattle, with a vibrant coffee culture, we needed something a bit more robust than robusto.)
So John brought us bags and bags of Kenyan coffee (being that he was en route from Kenya back home to the U.S.). It's been the best coffee we've had since being in Ghana. We've been trying to go through the bags slowly, but having good coffee is too exciting not to make two pots at a time!
A big "thank you," John, for providing great-tasting caffeine when we wake up in the mornings!
Tim and Ashley at Waste Enterprisers have been busy working on the company website. They've worked really hard, and it shows. There are now three animated videos describing each of their businesses, along with engaging stories and content (who knew human waste could be so interesting?).
Now, back to work.
This post is written from my NEW and legally imported Mac! I've never had so little fun opening a new computer box (it should be exciting, but it was rather a reminder that the old one was stolen). That said, it's GREAT being able to type quickly again (the iPad was driving my WPM to probably 10), lovely to review emails in an easier fashion, and of course, fantastic to get on to our blog again. While I would have preferred to get a new computer because I had finally made the decision to upgrade, it's great to have nonetheless.
Happy to be back to GhanaGetMalaria (sans malaria!).
We saw this sign while on weekend vacation in Ada Foah a few weeks ago. We're always entertained by incorrect English (especially when English is the official language!).
... plus, Tim is now in the sanitation business, so anything toilet-related seems funnier these days.
Keep those toilets flashing.
For the past three consecutive weekends, we've been without power for at least 24 hours (last weekend, we had 10 hours of electricity). It makes things like hosting dinners or watching weekend flicks at the house quite difficult (speaking of weekend flicks, we are reminded to download the new Parks and Rec episode!). Ice in the fridge melts. Perishable food goes bad without a cold fridge. Coffee beans can't be ground. TVs most certainly can't be watched.
So we've looked for electricity-free entertainment. In addition to puzzles and card games, we've invested in Scrabble. Having never really been word game aficionados, we've come to really enjoy the game, now searching the dictionary in between games for words that begin with "Q" or end in "J."
We've discovered that lots of expats in Ghana enjoy word games like Scrabble or Bananagrams, each for their own reason, but perhaps the interest draws from lack of electricity and the need to entertain oneself.
Carole's actual set of letters.
We're thinking of starting a game night here. Prepared with candles, canned foods to feed friends, and a good attitude, we can play with or without electricity.
Red wine is perfect for a powerless night. No chilling needed.
What's your favorite Scrabble word? Ours is "Qi." (Chinese, literally: energy (from dictionary.com).)