My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Experiencing Ghana for the first time

It's always fun to see Ghana again through a visitors eyes. For a person who has living in country for 9 months, it has become a very normal place to live. The past couple of days, we've taken Katie out and about here in Ghana to let her experience just a little bit of a "taste" of what life is like here for us.

On Monday, we had a family day with the Omorefe's. We traveled to "America" by stopping by the Accra mall for lunch and a movie. Since the boys were with us, we saw a children's movie, Mars Needs Moms. The movie was a little intense for children and the topic was a little confusing which made me wonder why the "G" rating, but we were really impressed when we saw that it was acted out with all those sensors placed on an actors face and body and then animated from that. I mean, the cartoon characters really did look like the person that acted it out and it was amazing how they did the whole thing!

Afterwards, we went to the Arts Center market where Katie picked out a few things for friends and family back home, but we had to take off early, so shopping will have to be continued later on in the week.

Last night, we watched The Interpreter, a film that Katie had yet to see. I, unfortunately, fell asleep, and knowing Katie, she slept through parts as well. But, I think she made it through til the end!

Today, we went to Tema to stop by the 7 Continents building. They have finished painting the building and now they just need to finish up a couple of things and a carpenter can come in and build tables, shelves, desks, etc. Excited to get things up and running in there!

After that, we went into Community 2 where Katie was able to purchase some fabric. She bought me some too, so I could remember her by (that's what she told me). It was so nice as I love to get clothes made here, but don't get to do it very often! Thank you Katie!! I'm excited to see her dress, though! It was inspired by a dress we sneakily took a picture of yesterday in Wooden (a clothing store here), so I'm excited to see what it will turn out like! So cute!

After that, we hit up a market to get a few things for Mexican food tonight for dinner. We also made a quick stop by the pineapple lady, we picked up some plantain chips along the way, and even got some coconut this afternoon. What a delicious day it was!

Tonight, Stacy, Katie, and I worked on stuff for our Mexican dinner. It was delicious and HIT THE SPOT! Yummmmmm!!! The staff even looks forward to our "Moroccan Delight" (which is what they call it since they can never remember the word "Mexican").

Well, Katie is falling asleep and I need to go set up Edwin's bed, so I'm off! Tomorrow will be another full day of adventure! We should seriously have a TV show with all the adventures we've been creating this week.

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