A Typical Day in Tamale
Wake up and go for a run. Or, as they say here, go jogging. “Run” is used as a verb for diarrhea, as in:
“How are you doing?”
“I’m running.” = I have diarrhea, please be nice to me.
As you can imagine, my host-family gave me a weird look the first time they asked me where I was going and I responded, “Just going running! Be back soon.”
Attempt to meet with the Tamale PRO. He’s a slippery fish who doesn’t often make our meetings.
Call the Tamale PRO and set up a new meeting time. Tell him that I understand that he had a last minute meeting in Accra/he’s sick/he’s busy, but that I would really, really appreciate it if he could let me know so I don’t go to the Assembly and wait for him.
Go to town. Use the internet cafe. Do some errands.
On these days, I’m usually home by noon. Once at home, I clean my room or wash my clothes or read or lie on the floor under my ceiling fan. Tamale days tend to be less productive than Savelugu days.