When going down to the river we passed this man returning from the hunt. Unfortunately he was returning home empty-handed.
What do they hunt up here? There are some small deer in the bush as well as very large rodents known as “bush rats.” I’ve had bush rat before and almost broke a tooth on the shot that was left lodged in the meat.
Security at airports in West Africa sure isn’t what it is in the US. I’ve had my bags hand-searched several times and the person always gives up on my backpack since it has so many pockets full of stuff. Then after they search me, they send me back to an unsecure area. Hmmm.
Probably the most hilarious/scary security blooper is that right now I’m on the airport’s intranet via their open wireless connection. In fact, they haven’t even changed their router password so I have access to the administrator and could cause all sorts of havoc… if I was a mean guy. But I’m not.
I got the uncanny feeling that the sheep was looking me directly in the eye and saying the slogan painted on the van as we passed it on the road to Tamale at 65mph.
In the pediatrics ward, this little bowl and mortar (?) are used to crush pills and mix them with water so that the medicine can be given to babies who can’t chew/swallow pills. I’m not sure how old the metal bowl is but it has a beautiful weathered look.
At the Medical Centre you see lots of toads at two different times: at night and when it rains. As ugly as toads are, they are quite an important part of the eco-system here. In fact, they are very important to us. Why? They eat malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The less mosquitoes, the safer we are. The more toads, the less mosquitoes. You can therefore see that keeping the toad population intact is of great interest to us.
In one of the thunder storms last week I was anxious to get some good shots of the toads around the hospital. They were hopping all over the place and I was chasing them and pushing them around with my feet in order to get a good shot. After about five minutes of toad chasing and assuming odd positions to get shots low to the ground, I stopped. I looked up (I was lying on the ground) and saw that about a dozen hospital patients were sitting on nearby benches and staring at me. “Has this insane white man never seen a toad?” Read More
Last night was my last supper with the five volunteers here with us. Thomas is an Argentinian doctor who will be leaving next week and Patsy and the Van Bibbers will be leaving next weekend. Since I’m headed to Abidjan today they will be gone when I return.
Here are the group photos we took last night.
From left to right: Patsy Waters, Thomas R., Kathy Van Bibber, Jessica Van Bibber, Trey, Heidi, and William