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The Perfect Day for a Last Day

The finished product!!!

To catch you up really quickly, our three weeks in Tamale went by really fast!

As you saw from our first Tamale post, our volunteer task at Creating Change Now was to paint a school in a small village called Tua. We fell in love with the kids there and it was almost impossible not to try to take several of them with us.

Our boss Mathew

Together with the head contractor, Mathew, we finished that school from top to bottom and even presented the students with a new soccer ball and a couple of ABC posters to put up in their new classrooms. This volunteer job was the highlight of my second time in Tamale!

The Boyz of Tua

A few favourite ladies from Tua

Then of course, there was the motorcycle accident. That slowed us down and little. There’s nothing worse than coming home from a run to see a banged up motorcycle and hear that your husband was the driver. Scary!! But we’re very thankful it wasn’t worse!

Before we knew it, it was our last day in Tamale and it couldn’t have been more perfect! There were two last things to do before I felt that I could leave this city once again…

#1-Family Photos

I wanted to do something meaningful for my old neighbours from Jisonayilli before I left. Recently they had two new additions to their family. The mother had a new baby-Shakida (now a total of 8 kids) and the oldest sister, Samsia, had a little baby girl named Fatima. I wasn’t sure when they would have a chance to see printed photos of all of them together so this was a gift I decided to give them.They were really appreciative and it was so nice to get to spend a large part of my last day in Tamale with Asia and her family.

My neighbours from Jisonayilli...four years later

Asia and her mom


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#2-A Lesson in Red-Red

Our second activity of the day was a lesson in our favourite Ghanaian dish, “Red-Red”…given to us by our friend Joseph’s wife Veronica. She kindly left her 4 year old and twins with her neighbour in order to be sure that we left Ghana knowing how to make this fabulous dish.

Choosing plantains at the market

We started with a trip to the market to get the supplies. Then we went back to the house and made our creation.

 

Red-red is a wonderful combination of sweet, crispy plaintains (those things that look like huge bananas) and beans in a savory, tomato stew. Pop us an email if you are feeling adventurous and would like to try this recipe!

 

Veronica teaching Skott to slice the plantains diagonally

Red-red has 3 parts-the beans...

...the stew...

...and the plantains.

The finished product!!!

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4 Responses to “The Perfect Day for a Last Day”

  1. Brittany May 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I just bought some plantains and am trying to figure out how to use them would LOVE to get the recipe! Your blog has riveted me since i started reading yesterday, i think i’ve logged a good 7 hours reading already! We plan to do a world tour in two years time, just saving up the money for it now. This blog will be such an amazing resource! Thanks for sharing all your stories, tips and photos :)

    • Skott and Shawna June 4, 2013 at 1:06 am #

      Hey Brittany – sorry for the late response – feel free to contact us any time with questions about RTW travel! We are so glad that you found our site!!! We will see if we can dig up that recipe for you!

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    [...] a good friend of ours while we were in Accra(his wife is the amazing lady who taught us to cook Red-Red!) Additionally, while volunteering in Tamale, we stayed in the home owned by Create Change, the [...]

  2. Balancing the Global Budget: Ghana | Get Up and Globe - January 14, 2012

    [...] a good friend of ours while we were in Accra(his wife is the amazing lady who taught us to cook Red-Red!) Additionally, while volunteering in Tamale, we stayed in the home owned by Create Change, the [...]

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