A Trip to Market Right next door to our house there is a car wash. This is our first greeting stop when we head out anywhere. Some guys decided they needed a photo as soon as they saw my camera! This is our new Justice Building. They old one, built like a fortress from colonial days was torn down. There are usually guys sitting around near this building but they were all gone today for some reason! Third stop: the chop shop (that's what we called them in Ghana, and it stuck with us.) I was instructed to send this photo to my children and tell them their father now has a second wife. Passed by a pile of school kids, so we did a pose. Next stop to greet. We've gotten to know some of the folks in this house and they scold if we go by without stopping now. And then I heard a little "Tubaboo!" (white man!) and saw these cuties in the window! A moto repair show along the road Since Tim always greets every child he sees, we often have a pile of kids following. They loved that I had the camera today! Greeting one of the kids Sometimes they're a bit shy, but most now know that this Tubaboo wants to be greeted! Some more beauties We continue on along the road... ...which we share with who - or - what ever. A candy shop we usually greet. I'm sad this picture came out fuzzy. We started greeting in this room where the old men sit. He looks kinda grumpy, but smiled big when he saw his photo! And the other men. Here's another place we stop to visit. Last week they stopped us as we passed and said, Every week you pass by but you never stop and sit! So we sat and showed pictures from Joel's wedding. Now we sit each time! More from the same group Passing by another chop shop that we greet at. More friends And we continue along the road. We're getting closer to market now Here's a shop where they sell drinks by the case. A happy lady that wanted a photo! One more turn into the market where we will start to shop. We found our friend today who we haven't seen for a few weeks, Doumboya. We're praying for him. Tim stops to buy some "sambas", gifts he gives out, usually candies. We gave out a pile after our trip to Australia as you are expected to bring something back. Like The meat stick lady First "official" stop, Tim's yogurt lady. They know exactly what he wants each week, 5 large yogurts to go. While they're fixing Tim's yogurts I take a look down our next road. Greeting kids, Tim's greatest joy! These folks are all over, carrying bags of cool-cold water around to sell. I think we bought like 4 today. It was HOT!!! One more picture of the yogurt lady. She didn't like this one as she said her belly looked big. Honey, you're pregnant. It will do that! A stop to pick up a gift for one lady that gave birth down the road from us this week. A baby girl! More friends My tomato lady. Heaven forbid I buy from anyone else!! Choosing my tomatoes. About 50 cents gets me enough for the week. More friends! Where Tim buys his juice mixes My best market friend. I've gave her one chip to listen to and she loves it! They cut meat there. With attitude! And one photo with the gal across the way. The meat market. Who needs styrofoam trays and plastic, anyway?? More friends. And more friends....braiding hair while nursing? I love this shot! Tim with one of the ladies he razzes each week! I'm sad this one was fuzzy too! I love these gals! The toy store guy wanted a photo The cabbage/cucumber lady. And yes, those are flies on the cabbage. The carrot lady found me today! I was glad, too. Another of Tim's lady friends! Couldn't you just hug her?? She was out sick for a while but is better now. Chickens, anyone? Looking down the road. I actually started getting my chickens from an Arab shop that imports them. My children would call me a whimp. The chicken sellers Found another cutie! And of course these guys needed a photo! Heading down the road Talk about a photobomber! Carrying goods home This woman wanted a photo with her bidon of oil...??? Making a turn toward home We take a different route home so we see more people. Found some school girls who asked for a picture. Finally hitting a more quiet path! This kid was paid to move some goods for someone. The man in the blue called us over and offered us a sesame cookie. Then I had to find more water!! And these guys figured I'd want a shot of them eating. OK! Who could resist??? OR THEM???? Another turn and we face the last hill to climb toward home. Passing by a local school An intense football (soccer) game going on! Whatever that hill looks like? It feels 10 times as high when you've been out walking in 110 degree heat for 2 hours!! Found another beauty! At the top of the hill. More construction going on! And we stop at this place each week. Usually the same guys sitting there. They want to go to America. I was told to be sure to send this photo to America. Looking back from where we came, right at that little bridge behind the car. Wanted to take this one home!! And met this woman while the men were chatting. More cuteness. On the main road to home now. Past the furniture shop... ...and the moto repairs Thought he looked too "black" in the last photo. Dude....? We've started making a stop here for a Coke on the way home. Today as we were going in we heard a crash, turned around and two motos had collided. One guy was on the ground in obvious pain, but they both ended up getting up and leaving on their bikes. Yes, we share the road. Almost home!!! Our house is just down the road straight ahead! Closer! We're the house with the out of control bouganvillia hanging all over the walls. But we get stopped once more for a photo... ...or two. And then our neighbors found us. Pictures!!! This is Aisha Keita, which is also my Maninka name. This girl has attitude!! The one on the right saw the Coke can in my hand and told me it was "sweet for her". I couldn't resist. Me and the girls. Don't I look like I've been out and about, sweating with dust blowing in my face for hours??? The new veggies get a good bleach bath! My gift for the new neighborhood baby. And Tim's haul: new running shoes, a fan for when he's at his desk, his sambas to give away, and a toy gun that surprisingly doesn't work! It was a good day!