Over this past weekend, we went to Kumasi to do a little tourist-ing. We travelled by bus. The sites were lovely. The air was hot. The drive was long. Even waiting for the bus to come took awhile. I never realized how much anxiety I allow into my life, until I had about six hours to just sit there and deal with it. Have you ever tried to just sit and do nothing? No agenda, no real distractions--just dipping your feet into the puddle of your own mind wanderings? It's hard. But also nice. I had time to process things that had been hiding in the corners of my head, I could look around and actually see, and, eventually, I could just turn it all off. It felt a little like an exercise, like I was training my heart and my mind. Maybe it will be a good practice to continue in the future.
But anyway, Kumasi. We drove through Kejatia Market, which is the largest open-air market in West Africa. It was very cool to see, but there was not one inch of me that wasn't glad to be inside a car. On the second day we went just outside of the city to Bonwire, which is the home of Kente cloth. As I walked into the small-ish, barn-like building in the center of the town, I was immediately confronted with so much pretty. Colors and lovely woven patterns everywhere. Let me tell you, it was hard to walk out of there without an empty pocket and a very full bag. But I reminded myself that we were about to go to Ahwia--a carving village--and I only left with a little more than I had expected to buy. Now the carvers were just as difficult to leave, but it was made easier when I realized I had no more money. Whoops. (Hey, I left a large portion of it in the hotel so I didn't actually spend all of it.)
Now. Let's talk about two things I know I will miss: Blue Skies and Alvaro. These are two beverages produced here in Ghana, both of which I tried for the first time over the weekend. Blue Skies is a pineapple juice drink which is incredible. There are three kinds, but the one I had included ginger. Seriously, it was delicious. I hope to try to recreate it back home because I have been craving it every day since. Alvaro is a malt drink which also comes in three flavors: pear, passion fruit, and pineapple. Definitely also great. So now I need somebody to do some research and tell me that there's a place in Ohio where I can get either of these. Please. Please.