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Kejetia   (published in Ghana)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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In the guidebooks, you might read about a place called Kumasi Central Market, or quite simply, as it is known here, Kejetia. It is known to be West Africa’s largest open air market. In the Akan language, Kejetia means the ‘junction or intersection of main routes.’ So it can almost be said that all roads lead to Kejetia. It’s not hard to believe once you are here and have seen it with your own eyes. The ‘everyday hustle and bustle’ doesn’t really cover it as so many people are there!

              Coming from Japan and having lived in Tokyo for a good 10 years, I am used to huge hoards of people, but this was something else. In Tokyo the roads and crossings are made so that people can get to their destinations in an orderly fashion. However in Kejetia, some people don’t have set destinations, just selling things to passers-by and even when they know exactly where they want to go, carrying huge loads of things on their heads adds to the madness! Thousands of cars want to get to their destinations and thousands of people want to cross the road and in the end it all contributes to the feel of Kejetia. Trying to speak to someone on the phone there sometimes is impossible; there is simply too much noise.

              It is amazing how easily one gets accustomed to these things though. Now I do not even blink at the sight of people almost getting run over on the road and nor do I flinch when someone carrying a huge load of chickens on their head accidently bumps into me. We always try to remember to ask the volunteers when we are about to take them around the city for the first time: “Are ...

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Kejetia
 

Busua   (published in Ghana)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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It is often said that one of the nicest beaches in Ghana is in Busua, a town west of Cape Coast. I have visited many beaches in Ghana and I wanted to discover what was so nice and different about this beach. I set off with three other volunteers who also wanted a relaxing beach weekend.

              Coming from Kumasi, it should have been around five and a half hours to get there. However it somehow managed to take close to nine hours! It usually shouldn’t take that long, but we got unlucky with the super-slow tro tro. A little word of advice – try taking a Ford bus down to Cape Coast or Takoradi because it’s definitely worth the extra money!

              So we got to Busua in the evening after being soaked to bone after what can really only be described as a storm. The plan was to stay over in Green Turtle Lodge, which I had gathered was the best place to stay. It was not the turtle viewing season, but everything seemed to suggest that the place would not let us down. However the place was fully booked and only had tents that we could stay in. As much as it sounded, we opted to stay in Safari Beach Lodge, just down the road from Green Turtle. The dinner we had there was really nice and drinking by the beach went down really well.

              It was only in the morning that we saw how beautiful the place was. I stepped outside the room and I saw the ocean and you have to really go there to experience it!

View from the room

It really was a delightful sensation staying in a room just by the beach. Green Turtle is a better place to go and socialise ...

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Busua
 

The Real Words from My Heart – By Kate Dudzix–Our Care project volunteer   (published in Cambodia)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

There’s something about driving down the empty night streets, with the sole source of

light being the beautiful street lamps’ glow coated in light drizzle. There really is just something about being on your way to work and having children smile at you, their parents encouraging them to make an effort and say, “hello” in your language. Cambodia glows, the people in it glow, and it has become this magical land where anything is possible to me. I never thought I could find a place like this, but I did. Working at my placement is by far the best thing I have ever done with myself, more fulfilling than any award or medal I have received. It isn’t working; really, it is pure and honest happiness, ecstasy you could never buy.  The second the bell rings for class to finish, all of my children come running to find and hug me, drag me away into their wonderful minds filled with laughter and creativity.

 

With tears welling in my eyes, I can tell you I shut myself off from real emotions for too long. I had loved, lost, been hurt and had stopped loving things in fear of losing them… I didn’t realize how much I needed help, but something magic and unexpected happened. The children have taught me more than I could ever teach them; they have given me something I can never replace. Sure, they are brilliant and can learn a new language, speak English to the best of their ability. But the thing that matters most is that they love with all of their hearts, cherish everything that life has to offer and every person worth loving inside of it. They are so open to the new - new cultures, new games, new thoughts and new people. Seeing them smile makes me want to be a better person, it makes me want to be like them, so stunning and ...

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The Real Words from My Heart – By Kate Dudzix–Our Care project volunteer
 

インドの日   (published in India)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

 

ここに来てからかれこれ一週間以上が経つ。様々な「初めて」が私を迎えてくれた、見知らぬ世界の友人との出会い、食事を右手で食べること、ゲストハウスでの共同生活、インタビュー、記事の作成、ミニタクシーの運転手との値段交渉。良い思い出と悪い思い出双方あるが、私はこのインドに来たこと、今回のプロジェクトに参加したことを決して後悔などしていない。むしろ私はまだ出会っていない「初めて」に会えるのを楽しみにしている。明日はどんな楽しみに会えるのだろうか、それを想像しながら私は眠りにつく。

Contributed by Nobuyuki Kim - Journalist Volunteer

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The Popular Local Market in Phnom Penh   (published in Cambodia)

August 6, 2010 by   Comments(0)

         After arriving in Cambodia- Phnom Penh, you probably feel tired and prefer to go to hotel for relaxation. The following day you may go to markets. Of course in Phnom Penh there are a lot of markets so it is hard for you to remember the names of all those markets. But, wait, I will introduce you to the three most popular markets, especially for foreign visitors. Guess what the markets are called??? The first one is called Pras Thom Thmey, or Central market. The second one is Pras Toul Tom Phong, or Russian market, and the last one is Soriya Shopping Centre. Central market is definitely unique in Cambodia; at the moment it may be hard for you to find something that you want because it is being re-constructed, but will still keep the same style and some parts have been repaired already. There are lots of things that you can find there with a good price. The next one, the Russian market, was built in the 19th century.  At there you can find wonderful souvenirs, crafts, clothes and movies, all at good prices.  Be aware that the walk-ways are quite narrow. The last one is Soriya Shopping Centre; it is big and comfortable compared to the two other markets. You can find western food such as pizza or burgers, ice-cream at the centre and also newly released movies. There is also an entertainment place on the top floor. This market is a good facility for you because it is open from 9:00am until 9:00pm, whereas Central market and Russian market open from 7:00am to 5:00pm only.  I am sure you will enjoy them.

So please, do not miss an opportunity to visit these three markets in Phnom Penh.

You can always be assured of a warm welcome.

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