Categories: Bill Babbitt
Tags: Ayeduase, babbitt, Bill Babbitt, ghana, KNUST
Today we went to the Ayeduase school for he first time. Today is Sunday so they had converted from school to church for the day. The people were very friendly and happy to see us. We were really just as happy to see them after the arduous journey to get here. The missed flight, the 7 hour wait in JFK for the 9:30 PM departure to Ghana. Following the 10 hour plane ride, we had the miscellaneous wait of clearing immigration, converting currency and waiting for the United flight that should have had our luggage aboard. As it turns out the luggage didn’t make it and we ended up going to the mall to purchase a few things to carry us through. Somehow it doesn’t seem right to travel 5000 miles to go to a mall, so we had to have an African dinner at the KNUST guest house in Accra. Red red with chicken – very good! Because of our lost time the first day, we started out for Kumasi right after dinner. I don’t think our driver really wanted to make the trip at this time of day – he had us pray before departure and he prayed a small prayer of thanks upon our safe arrival. I can’t say that I blame him, it was a bone-jarring drive with sections of the road completely torn up. In Ghana, it seems just about anything is acceptable on the road so long as it is accompanied by a few short beeps of the horn to let folks know you are coming. At one point we were on the complete wrong side of the road of a divided high way, it is amazing what a few short blasts of the horn can do for oncoming traffic.
I was able to update all of the equipment that has been in use here over the past year. One of the machines seemed to our hosts to have a virus – a symptom of the surprise internet connection that we didn’t know about. I succeeded at downloading the MS malicious software removal tool and scanned the machine. I don’t think it really is a virus, I suspect that the ‘c’ key is just faulty. I was also able to use google to confirm that suspicion, it seems the Asus Eee has had other owners with stuck keys that were solved by replacing the keyboard.
We will be using the rhythm wheels software tomorrow with the kids and I look forward to the experience.
Internet connection is really difficult to maintain for any length of time. Today we had quite a down pour and that knocked the power out as well as the internet connection. That was unfortunate because there was no internet connection all day until about an hour before the rain. At any rate, I was able to do everything I needed to before we lost it again.