Finding housing in a new destination, especially a developing one, can be challenging. We stayed with Tim's business partner and her boyfriend for three weeks. Then we stayed at a "guesthouse" (while it was more private than living with two other people, it was gritty). But now, thanks to connections, we have a house-sitting gig for a couple who went back to the U.S. to have their baby.
View (of a palm tree) from our dining room window.
The apartment has been completely upgraded with all new floors, paint, appliances, and brand new Ikea furniture (the husband is Swedish). We even have a flat-screen tv, an Xbox, and a Blu-Ray player. Yes. Welcome to our Palace in Ghana.
Street view of Accra.
Of course, moving from place to place always has its downsides.
Today, for example, when we were unpacking the items that we didn't bring to the guesthouse (space was limited, so we left "unnecessary" items at Tim's business partner's house), we discovered this...
No, that's not the sun's reflection on our shoes; it's mold!
... mold. On our leather shoes. They had been packed and stored in a heavy duffel bag for three weeks. Two of our suitcases are covered in mold, too. Welcome to the land of humidity. Having never experienced this phenomenon before, it took us a few seconds to realize it wasn't dust or lint!
Something else that we're experiencing are cockroaches. Not (always) alive ones (although we've seen two so far). No, dead ones. Before the owners left for the U.S., they had the apartment fumigated to kill the insects (or at least try!). So, every day we find a new cockroach, but usually dead... on its back.
Though they still make our skin crawl while dead, it's better than the cockroaches being alive!
Don't get us wrong. We're not complaining. Just sharing with you the ins and outs of living in Ghana.
For now, we are learning how to clean mold on shoes and breaking ground on a cockroach graveyard. We really do adore our new Ghanaian luxury living and are so excited that for the new five months, we have a great place to call "home."