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Life III   (published in Togo)

October 25, 2016 by   Comments(0)

Så er det blevet tid til tredje post i Togo og jeg kan nu sige at jeg er faldet virkelig godt til i Togo og det er med blandet følelser jeg kan sige at jeg blot har tre uger tilbage. Hold da op hvor er tiden gået hurtigt! Jeg savner alle derhjemme og glæder mig til at se folk og opleve de vestlige standarder igen, men det er ikke fordi jeg vil hjem nu. Jeg vil gerne blive lidt endnu og tror faktisk jeg har valgt den perfekte tid for mig at være væk i. Desværre er det således at nogle af de frivillige er rejst, men heldigvis kommer der hele tiden nye. Vi har virkelig haft en god gruppe de sidste par uger og er sikker på at selvom vi kommer til at være nogle foruden skal vi resterende nok få det mindst lige så sjovt.

Sidste weekend skred meget stille roligt hen. De andre frivillige tog til Kpalime, men eftersom Annabelle og jeg har været her lidt længere end de andre og dermed allerede har taget turen blev vi tilbage i Lome. Før de tog afsted havde Frederiques værtsfamilie inviteret hele holdet over til middag fredag aften på taget, hvor vi hver især skulle bringe en ret fra vores land. Jeg havde bagt jødekager, så godt som jeg kunne uden et ordentligt køkken, vægt eller kagerulle, men trods alt synes jeg de blev meget gode! Der var ingen tvivl om at værtsbrorens venner havde hørt der kom hvide piger til middag og vi blev mødt af den ene meget glade fyr efter den anden. De havde fået lidt at drikke inden og prøvede også ihærdigt at få os op på deres niveau, men jeg holdt mig til min non-alcoholic-detox. De var vildt søde alle sammen og i godt humør og skabte en god ...

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Life III
 

8/10/16 - 16/10/16   (published in Togo)

October 18, 2016 by   Comments(0)

Last Saturday was Emilie and Fred’s last weekend so we decided to have a picnic on Palm Beach. While the food and company was good we all walked away in varying shades of rouge and were also hassled quite a bit by people wanting anything from our food to our phone numbers. There were protests in the city which had something to do with the up-coming election (I’m not entirely sure) so there was a lot of security round. They didn’t seem to have much to do though and two of them came over to speak to us. Maybe their uniform made them feel like they’d have better luck with us than the average Tom, Dick or Harry, because they were quite insistent about us giving them our numbers. I don’t know why these people can’t just take no for an answer? They seem to think they can talk us out of it when our decision has already clearly been made.

Anyway after the picnic we went home for dinner and to get ready for the night ahead. At around 9:45pm (an hour after the predicted time of arrival) the mini van arrived outside our house with all the volunteers and the boys from the weekend before. Bar crawl time! The first place was quite close to us and really cool although the music was a bit loud. We paid 10 000 CFA each for the bus, the driver and drinks for the night which I think was a pretty good deal. After that first place we visited quite a few other places which were all quite cool. At the second last place however we were getting tired and a little sick of the Togolese music which we could not understand nor dance to. We were ensured the final club would have a dance floor and English music so we were pretty disappointed when it played neither English music nor the Togolese music we’d come to learn, but rather really terrible French pop ...

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8/10/16 - 16/10/16
 

The Past Week   (published in Togo)

October 4, 2016 by   Comments(0)

So it’s 3 weeks until Mum comes and 5 weeks until I leave but aside from that this week turned out to be a fairly eventful one. Firstly, a lady from Switzerland was at the orphanage when we arrived back after lunch with a Togolese man who told us he was a singer and an entourage of camera men. They’d brought biscuits and water for the children (it’s recommended not to drink the tap water here so water is mostly drunk from little sacks you can buy almost everywhere) and there was a lot of chanting and shouting and singing. It was really lovely to hear all the children sing together as they don’t possess the inhibitions that plague most western children. Most of them sang loud and proud with the natural musical ability that all Africans seem to have. They tried to encourage Anna and I to sing too but its quite difficult to pick up a song when you can’t understand a word of what’s being said, so we just clapped along.

Then on Friday, a man appeared with a keyboard and this young girl for what I at first thought was just a jam session, but I think it was actually singing lessons for the girls. For about an hour I just sat and listened to them as they alternated between singing individually and as a group. They seamlessly harmonised, a skill I’ve never been able to get the hang of, so I was quite reluctant to leave at the end of the day but we had a big night ahead of us to get ready for.

We were invited by one of the families of the volunteers around to their house for dinner, but we had to bring meals from our own countries. Considering Australia doesn’t have a very foodie culture, and meat pies and sausage rolls are a bit difficult to make, I just brought milo, which is oddly everywhere here. The Togolese were quite ...

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The Past Week
 

Weekend   (published in Togo)

September 27, 2016 by   Comments(0)

This weekend myself and the other 5 volunteers currently here went to Togoville and Agbodrafou. We were quite a mixed group; a German, Danish, French, American, French Canadian, and of course Australian, but the numbers were perfect for filling up a car.

At Agbodrafou we fiercely negotiated a price for a boat across Lake Togo (which is actually a lagoon), as we were convinced they were giving us the, 'Yovo,' price and unecessary special treatment. After bargaining as hard as we could we waited, then climbed into the human-powered wood canoe and went across. On the beach we were greeted by two guides- one was an obvious fraud and the other held an official card and gave us a good price so we went with him. It was a good and interesting, albeit slow, tour with a two hour lunch interlude. It included the Church, a view voodoo monuments and the pier built for the Pope who came in the 70s after an apparation of the Virgin Mary appeared on the Lake. We then finished the tour back at the beach and crossed a rather choppy lake as it began to spit.

We then went to the Slave House in Agbodrafou. While waiting for the tour guide, we perused a little shop run by a very nice lady who made all the artefacts with her mother. I picked up a cute couple of things as did everyone else, then we began the, 'tour,' of the house. It was actually quite interesting as it was mostly in it's orginal state and we were able to go under the house to where the slaves were kept by the Portugeuse traders. We heard the history of how the house was hidden in a great forest to conceal it from the British, who were attempting to abolish slavery. Before the tour we called the driver who had driven us from Palm Beach and waited a while for him, then headed back to Lome, where we went to a particularly fancy ...

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Weekend
 

English Classes   (published in Togo)

September 23, 2016 by   Comments(0)

So things have changed a bit in the last two weeks. In the beginning, most of the kids in the orphanage had lessons in the morning, and this is when my English classes took place. About three weeks ago two days of testing were then held and after that, all the classes finished. I just happened to decide that it would also be a good time to test the progress of my students, so they all had tests too. This also meant, however, that my students thought English classes were over as well. I told them I was here for another two months and planned on teaching English for that whole time but they paid no attention to me. After a week of feeling really quite worried, upset and useless and being faced with the prospect of working at another orphanage, I concluded that there were still children who wanted to learn English so came up with an alternative plan. I went to them individually, asked them if they were interested in continuing, told them they could say no, and let them choose the day and duration of their classes. Everyone I spoke to were happy to continue; some wanted an hour long lesson four days a week, some for two days a week, and some for just 30 minutes once a week, but the one on one aspect seems to have boosted their enthusiasm and so far it’s going quite well. Sometimes it’s hard to think of things to teach for a whole hour and I’ve had one boy who took his time to come to class on Friday, but I told him, he was the one that chose to work on Friday for an hour, if he didn’t want to come, he didn’t have to, but not to waste my time. Some other children who I hadn’t approached, came to me on their own accord to organise a lesson, which was really lovely, so hopefully this can continue until they start school on the 17th of ...

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English Classes
 

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