Crocodiles and Goodbyes… and Going Back!

The Crocodile

(Wow, I can’t believe I never posted this… as we are getting ready for our 2012 trip, I noticed this draft, hanging out unpublished- so here’s the wrap up from 2008 and some info about our trip in January 2012!)

Shortly after arriving at the cottage, Deb and I started packing. We would be up before everyone tomorrow morning.  The rest of the group would leave the following day. We were leaving a day early so that I would have the chance to meet the first group of Baby Signing Time signers.

I had purchased a large crocodile in Aburi earlier that day.  I brought it out and Curry and I reenacted our paddleboat adventure for everyone.  No it was not an Emmy worthy performance, it was sort of like girls camp, but we laughed hard.

Sneaking Past the Tail to the Boat
Sneaking Past the Tail to the Boat
You Go First! Crocodile Reenactment
You Go First! Crocodile Reenactment
Running Past the Open Jaws
Running Past the Open Jaws
When Wooden Crocodiles Go Bad
When Wooden Crocodiles Go Bad

Which reminds me, you haven’t seen the original crocodile and paddleboat footage.  There is no time like the present! (Drum Roll Please!) This footage should be called “Two Obrunis, A Crocodile and A Broken Paddle Boat”

Looking back, I am still so blown away that Curry and I ran past a crocodile, only to find ourselves in a broken paddleboat.  Who does that?  Oh, we do!!  The large crocodile carving will live in my living room, to remind me how good it feels to take chances… act crazy… and live.

and as for The Dress…

I have been home for quite some time now and am happy to share that just this week I got my Ghana Dress.  I wish you could see it up close, because it is fascinating how they made it.  Since there is no electricity, they use the “old school” pedal powered sewing machines.  The seamstress took all of my measurements and my fabric and voila!  A perfect fit.

Rachel with Seamstress
Before

Perfect Fit
Perfect Fit
Love it!
Love it!

It has this great inset panel in the back of the skirt, so I can actual walk while wearing it.  The zipper in the top is orange… It’s not like they had a wall of notions like a fabric store… Where did she find an orange zipper?  The rickrack around the neckline is dark blue. When I picked out the pattern, the picture had rickrack, I asked them what it would cost to include that and they said it was included in the cost already… remember it cost $6 to have it made. Deal! When I go back to Ghana I think I will have some more dresses made.  Though I am not sure where I would actually wear them here in the US. Maybe I will start a new trend.

Thanks for following our adventures! You can help support our 2012 trip back to Ghana by purchasing some of our limited edition pewter pins here:

Hopkins Pin and Rachel ILY Pin
Hopkins Pin and Rachel ILY Pin
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