By Ryan Trinidad (written on July 30)
Today was a short day. We only had things scheduled until lunchtime and the rest of the day was free. But the one major thing we had was amazing. We received a very special guest appearance by Dr. K B Asante. I would look him up right now if you don’t know who he is. Long story short, he was around during Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s time, and also worked for him. He knows his stuff and it was an honor to have him out. He was filled with knowledge only someone with wise experience can explain. It was definitely a very eye opening and special lecture to remember.
As free time passed Jo-Nathan and I decided we wanted to walk around the village freely and check out what were all the locals selling. We walked and couldn’t stop talking about how we are walking the streets of Ghana. There is a part in me that still doesn’t believe that I am in Africa. But it is real, very real. Like I’ve been saying since my arrival here: LIFE IS DIFFERENT. Here kids run freely. I can safely say that kids here talk at a much younger age, and they are much more mature. As Jo-Nathan and I were walking a little girl no older than 4 years old came up to us on the street waved to us and kept saying hello. It was the cutest thing in the world. Ghanaian people are very generous and welcoming, it’s something I really enjoy. Seattleites seem to be the direct opposite of this personality. But as time runs out we head back to institute.
Across from the institute there is a street food vendor that throws down in the kitchen. The name of the food stand is the “Cafeteria.” The head chef Nelson, yes we are on a 1st name basis, knows how to cook. Eggs sandwiches, spaghetti, grilled cheese, he does it all. His meals are great and cheap, you couldn’t ask for more. He also has a friend who helps him run the shop and also hand makes necklaces and earrings, his name is Dodognon. So if you are in Kokrobitey and are hungry, go to the Cafeteria and tell them Ryan sent you!