Dec 18, 2011

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Renee and I share a room that is free standing as you enter the compound. It is probably 8 feet by 6 feet, there are two large windows and three tiny windows for air flow. The building like all buildings in Accra made of cement blocks with a tin roof. There is a wooden door with a screen door so you can leave the main one open.

The room has bunk beds which are very comfortable, I have the bottom one.
The room is painted blue and there is a blue floor. Renee has shelves and a hanging area for her clothes. It all works. 


 Sometimes I imagine myself in the cabin of a cruise ship waiting for the room to dip and roll on the open sea.

What I love outside the window....every facet of life is going on. Right now there are two ladies grinding fufu flour I think. So you hear the rhythmic pounding, like the heartbeat of a giant. Early in the morning there are children playing, laughing, crying, riding tricycles, running. Sometimes I hear fast loud conversations of men, whatever the topic they are all are getting in a word or two or three hundred and twenty three. 

 Late at night, the same baby cries, almost on schedule. Now I listen for him or her and the sound is familiar almost comforting.

The room has two fans, one overhead that rotates and cools the whole room and one on the floor that I point right at my head. Every night between about 2 and 3am....the night cools and the sleep is delicious. Usually the room keeps the cool feel until about 8 or 9 am.
On school days Renee is up by 6:30am, I usually get up right after her so we can have our coffee and/ or tea together. The accommodations are great and Renee is a great roommate.

------ Short and sweet from my iPad ---------