My loves!!! I am having such a blast! Classes are finally getting underway and it looks like I will be taking drumming, traditional African songs, Textile Design, African Myths and Symbols, Twi and possibly dance. Heavy workload huh? So far the only classes that have officially met have been Twi, Myths and Symbols, drumming and Textiles. I am SO excited about textiles! We have both theory and practicals and will be working with batiking, tie dye and possibly even printing!!! Perfect huh? My twi is expanding in leaps and bounds because I can use it around my house with they people who I am starting to think of as my community. Last weekend we went to the Aburi Botanical Gardens and a woodcarving village where it has been proven that out of all 55 of us I am quite probably the best bargainer. Booyah. I share a room with two other girls in the CIEE house which is super super nice. There are ten of us total and we have a full kitchen, living room, dining room, porch and a bathroom for every bedroom. I love my roomies Stephanie and Suni they are hilarious and bubbly and have many hidden talents like sneak burps and 4 years of high school synchronized swimming. I have bonded most with another of my housemates Kelsey. She is fantastic. Another awesome aspect of the house is Natalie. Natalie is doing the full year and so has been here since September and is a wealth of knowledge. Her boyfriend Kwame is part of a band called Gouda and we have all become friends with the whole group. I have two great guys who are kind of looking after me, Tony and Kwasi. They help fend off marriage proposals and poser rastas, and make sure I never pay too much for a cab. One of my favorite pickup lines so far has been..." We are born in a moment, we die in a moment, and in just a moment we can fall in love." There has got to be something wrong with me because I really haven't had that much homesickness at all. Well there was one incident, but it wasn't really homesickness...more like homestupidness. I was getting kind of annoyed because the only times my parents would talk to me were when I called them so I gave them a week and they didn't call so I decided to do the grownup thing and call them. My mom didn't answer her phone so I called Julia. The phone call went something like this..." HI! Wow! How are you? Guess what? I pierced my nose!...when? Two days ago." I am sorry to say that I burst into tears. Not because I wanted to be home but just because no one had thought to call me and tell me. Not even my parents to complain! BAH! Oh well, they seem to feel sufficiently guilty about it. I feel like time is slipping away too quickly! It is already an eighth over and I feel like I really haven't done anything yet! To answer Elpethys questions, yes! I have had a fanchoco! But I have to say that I am more partial to Fanpops(cousin to the otterpop and tastes vaguely of bubblegum). Trotros are probably my favorite mode of transportation and traffic shopping is one of my favorite hot and sweaty pastimes. I love the generic 'stew' that comes with everything and I mourn the lack of veggies and more and importantly cheese. I adore your newsie e-mails and really appreciate how much time and energy you spend on them! You too Allie-me-love! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!
I am trying to set up a traveblog so that I don't have to keep sending giant stupid e-mails to everyone in the world, and I will be sure to let you know when it is up. To get you ready here is the link to my friend Kelsey's Blog (http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/KelseyD/). There are some pictures of where we have been and even some of me! Whoohoo!
Here I go. I leave in 5 hours. First on the plane to Amsterdam and then strait to Ghana. My first international flights. All alone. I am absolutely petrified.
I tend to get really neurotic whenever I fly, checking and re-checking my ticket, the time, the flight, and the gate even when I am sitting outside the gate, I can SEE the plane and I am watching the seconds tic by on my watch. I just want this part to be over. The silly thing is that I actually love airplanes and airports! I like to people watch and I find flight totally enthralling. I am such an odd duck. I have had 2 months to prepare and I feel totally scattered.
There are so many things I wanted to do/needed to get done and I know I haven't finished them. For instance I never got around to sending Leah's Christmas presents and my birthday present to you Marta! I don't know what I am going to do about that, maybe get my parents to send it. BAH. I'm sorry! I feel like such a dolt! I definately didn't take full advantage of my free time. I actually did a lot of hiding out in my house and pretending the world didn't exist. I know I needed it, but I neglected a lot of friendship duties. Again I'm sorry.
bleeeeeeerg. I feel like mushy-pea-soup. I my emotions are all wonky and I am trying to keep the scream inside. I am going to miss my family SO much. Julia has be so wonderful these last couple of day, helping me pack and giving me tips. My dad got off work so that he could hang out with me of friday, and my Mom keeps hugging me at exactly the right moments.
I am going to miss the pirates. I feel so weird because we never had a single evening when all of us were home this christmas. It left an empty hole in my picture of how the world should be. Leah, have a wonderful birthday in advance. Hopefully I can get a letter to you in time. Marta, make sure you are taking care of yourself, and really enjoy your last semester at LC. Jessica, thank you for being such a rock I really enjoyed spending that time with you. Allie my love, don't ever let your heart be caged by other people there is too much love in you! Elspethy, I don't know what I would have ever done with out you. You are absolutely amazing, stunning, fantastic,...the list goes on and on. Take care of yourselves,ok? And be sure to write!!!
Surprisingly I actually have missed school. And I really miss certain people from school! Amanda I am constantly amazed by you. You are so strong and so creative. I have really been enjoying watching Modern Acorn grow! I am sure your new ideas will be incredibly sucessful, and I can't wait to see the fabrics you come up with! Be sure to keep me up to date, ok?
Alright, I better go. I still feel like there are things I need to be doing even though I am 99% packed and ready to go.
Love you all, the next time you hear from me it will be from forigen shores!
Hooray! I'm HOME! I am sooooo happy I cannot even say how much. Last week was hell. Literally. I think I caught a forked tail out of the corner of my eye a time or two.
Elspeth is also home!! YAY! And I have seen her and spent a good chunk of time sleeping in an airport with Alliemo, but I need to see everyone else! STAT! I leave for Family Chirstmas Extravaganza on WEDNESDAY MORNING!! AHHHH! So I will be calling you: Leah, Jessica, Marta, Eppie, and Allie pretty early tomorrow to rally you all together.
In other news. I am a Nerdfighter! I participated in the Brotherhood 2.0 Project for Awesome with my first and possibly only video on Youtube! AND I promote HDK!! Hooray for camp! So please click, watch, comment, rate, favorite, whatever. Love you guys!
I'm a big dork, I know. Thats why you like me right?
For a semester that took so long to get through the last week is going to fly by! I just hope I can get everything done in time. I'm slightly overwhelmed.
I can hardly wait to see EPPIE!!!! And Julia-and-Allie-and-Leah-and-Marta-and-Jessica-and all the wonderful people I love in the bay!
Things of note: ~I sold my first prints!!! HOOORAY!! Two of 'Dependency' and I could have sold 'The Fisherman's Surprise' 4 times over if it was for sale. ~I adore Reanna, she is coming down to be with the pickup party for Elspethy and we are going to see Peter and the Wolf by the SF orchestra on Sunday! ~I am really weirded out that it will be a full eight months before I see this place again. It could be totally different and I know there will be some faces I am missing. No matter how much you don't think you fit in a place, if you live there long enough it becomes a part of you whether you like it or not. As aggravating as my living situation could be at times these last couple of months, I know that it was unique and special and I will never have the same thing again. Maybe I am being so nostalgic about the past because I am terrified of the future but I will miss these people, this place.
Anyway, on Saturday Reanna and I helped Monique with her photo project. Here are my two favorite digital shots from our adventures.
I took this one of Reanna and it is the best of the bunch in my opinion. Hooray!
I am completely addicted to this site, and I can feel totally good about that!!! The basic premise is a vocabulary game where every word you get right donates ten grains of rice to decreasing world hunger. Its fantastic! You learn and you get to save the world at the same time!
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*sigh* I guess its time for a real update. My apologies in advance, this is going to be a rather embittered entry because I am stuck in the print lab until frickin' 8pm tonight because of the holiday and I am sick and unhappy and there is a ton of people making messes.
Well, gosh. A lot of stuff has been happening. I guess I should go back a ways.
Living situation: Living with five other people in a isolated house sharing a room is tough. In fact if I had a choice I probably wouldn't do it again. Its not like we don't have a good time, we do! We do crazy things that I don't think would happen anywhere else. But geebus do they start wearing on your nerves. Veronica and I are not very good roommates, we're not awful but against Leslie she is sub-par. I feel pressure to be exciting and fun all the time to keep her entertained because when she isn't having fun she brings down everyone around her. Not that she doesn't have a very good reason to be sad, but somehow she makes it our fault. We had one incident about a month ago when we were all drinking with some of Ari's friends who came to visit, Veronica had a bit too much so she was making frequent trips to the bathroom. After a while she didn't come back to the living room so I assumed she went to bed, which was fine. The problem arose when I tried to go to bed and found our door locked. After about a half an hour of knocking and screaming her name we were more than a little worried and very pissed. Kelly pulled a McGiver and popped off the screen to the bathroom with a screwdriver and getting in that way. She opened the door and we found Veronica in her bed fast asleep. Now, we had been at the point of calling the police and the hospital assuming she had alcohol poising or a concussion or something that had so prevented her hearing us. When I tried to get her to sit up and drink some water and talk to us she pushed me off the bed and started screaming at me to leave her alone. That she didn't need or want my help. The story continues but I get too frustrated to even write it down. We talked about it a little the next day and have not mentioned it since, but I am still angry about it. Lots of little annoying thing have been piling up and I am so sick and tired of it. My main joy of having the house is our kitten Maybe. She is a lunatic and loves me best.
School: I took too many classes this semester. Way too many. I love print and Gender and communications, I enjoy dance and choir. I have annoying ineffectual teachers in Polisci and Piano and Tech for teach is sucking out my soul. The others I feel fairly indifferent to. I've gotten accustom to getting strait As so I can't let my self slack off even though I really want to. I have made some pretty prints so far though.
Other: It's official, I'm going to Ghana. Hooray! I got waitlisted for the Cape Town program so I am going to The University of Ghana in Legon. I'm excited but it seems really surreal. I desperately want to talk to Eppie. I will be leaving early February and not getting back until mid June. Perhaps not even till a bit later if I travel around a bit before I return. My bank account is going down fast, what with the speeding ticket, the car repairs from the accident, and living expences I am terrified that I might not be able to even go to Ghana. I don't have any finacial aid to go and the cost breakdown is something like this...
Educational Costs (direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students; including $300 non-refundable Participation Confirmation Fee)
add to that the 1,200$ round trip ticket and I am quite in the hole. I don't think my parents are aware of the amount yet and I might need to take out a loan. Is it worth it? I spent so much time and energy applying and I don't really have any other options, because if I can't go in the spring I will have to be in school an additional year. Its eating at me. I don't know what to do and I am too unhappy right now to really think about it.