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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nchenamaa. So long, fair well.....

As our time here in Tamale draws to a close, we are going to write one of those ‘heart-breaking, end of our time’ blogs that we hope will have you all in tears by the end.

To all the staff at RAINS for always being there when we’ve been down. For always offering us comforting arms and a shoulder to cry on and a bit of muscle if something goes wrong. For the smiles and laughter everyday. For Wunnam and Ayesha (the office babies) for sometimes allowing hugs and always allowing us laughs and chatter. And to Wunnam, the future Mr Alix Kelly.

To our resident bodyguards Matt and Justice. To Justice the James Bond of Ghana, for being our Ghanaian confident and an all round sweetheart. Who allowed us to teach him that not all ‘salamingas’ are here for a holiday, but have come to be part of the culture and life here. To Matt aka Chief, for taking ’20-million’ trips to the hospital. The nurses there definitely do deserve a big thank-you for getting Alix back on her feet to continue enjoying her time in Ghana. For introducing us to the amazing places that are King David’s Spot & Mikes. And for protecting us from the advances of Ghanaian proposals at said spots.

To our lunch buddies of Dagomba Road. To the wache lady, egg and bread lady and Daniel our resident rice and chicken man (amongst others) for feeding us daily and putting up with our bizarre orders. For letting us steal their children and their tomato ketchup. We will be missing their food and babies in the weeks to come!

A massive shout out to Howard from Alix (sorry Wunnam) for providing me with daily soy (sausages) as do so many soy men across Tamale, and for always remembering my order!

To the many friends we have made in the cultural market and swimming pool for putting up with and encouraging our attempts at the local language. For inviting us for dinner and to spend Eid with them. For always offering us the ‘best-price’ and of course we can’t forget the drumming lessons!

To the sweetest neighbours Feruza and Rashida. For the million ‘bye-bye’s’ that we have received and for attempting to teach us Dagbani. For making arriving home one of the best parts of our day. For always hugging our knees and attempting to do the ‘peace’ symbol (even if it was back to front and so had a very different meaning) and for always making us smile.

To Dinani cultural group for trying to teach us to dance, mostly with patience, and for bringing us down to earth by laughing in our faces every time we tried to shake our hips like you do. Don't know how you guys do it but sorry we we weren't any better! 

We would like to thank all of the remarkable people that we have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know here in Ghana. For the laughter shared and the life-long friendships that we have made, we will never forget you. On that note, we do expect a bed when we come back to stay!

"Salaminga Bye bye!"