Thursday, December 17, 2009

Over the River and Through the Jungle to the Capital We Go!

We all know the holidays are a busy time, but I still wanted to stay in touch with everybody! I've been sick as a dog for the last week with malaria so my dear, sweet husband let me use this post so everybody could at least see a few pics and know what's going on here!

We normally only go to the capital for government paperwork or to pick up teams that visit us on missions trips, but two weeks ago our family took a family trip to buy gifts for Christmas. We left on Monday morning via government bus that departed at 5:00 in the morning. Think Grey-hound with African movies and music, minus the bathroom.
Monday we arrived about noon. After checking into the Baptist guest house, we headed out to town. We went to the mall. The Accra mall is our only mall in Ghana, and one of only three in West Africa. It is really nice. It has stores like: Shop Rite, Game, Mr. Price, etc. These will not make much since to our American friends, since all these are chain stores from South Africa. After a few hours of shopping we headed back to the guest house for relaxation and play. The guest house has a playground that our kids and our friends' kids played on for hours. (These late nights with mosquitoes landed Patty with malaria, but after 6 years of not getting malaria, it's hard to remember it is still here. But that is another story!)

Tuesday our friends watched our kids so that we could go shopping for our kids. I'm sure I never got as many gifts as these kids! On Wednesday, we watched their kids. In the afternoon we loaded up in a taxi and we headed over to Churcheese. The couple that takes care of the guest house told us about it. It is a mini-Chucky Cheese. They have a playland with a ball pit. There is a mini-merry-go-round and some games. The kids loved it.

After playing for about two hours the kids were ready to eat. They had great fried chicken and fries. Mom and Dad got to buy food from a new sandwich shop. We had shakes and smoothies with gourmet sandwiches. It was a really nice treat!
Thursday our kids said good-bye to the Guest House Snowman and we headed back to Kumasi for our Thursday night Bible study. We were able to finish most of our shopping and had a great time of relaxation.

Now that you know what I've been doing......What have you been up for fun this Christmas season?


  1. Hi Patty!
    I am so sorry to hear you have been sick. How awful and hard to keep up with the girls when sick. Pray you are feeling much better. We have been shopping, decorating, baking and cleaning to get ready for the holidays here. Kyle arrives home on Tuesday for now 12 days instead of 10.
    Love hearing about your life and pray for you!
    Take care~

  2. So sorry you are sick... praying the Lord will help you recover quickly. It looks like a wonderful time together for the holiday seaon! Merry Christmas! Love you guys.

  3. Patty, I am adding you to my prayer list for the week. I do hope that you are well soon.

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  4. Sorry to hear about the malaria! Hope you feel better for Christmas.

  5. Hi there - it's always nice to find the blog of a fellow North American in Ghana! I also write a blog about life here - I'm from Canada but have been in Accra for 14 years.

    I'll be reading your blog more often!

    Please also visit Holli's Ramblings:

    Happy New Year in advance!