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This is my last full weekend here aboard the ship. How sad is that! I can't believe 5 weeks have gone by, where does the time go? So this weekend was a scramble to get things done that I needed/wanted to get done. I went back to the markets in order to finish my christmas shopping (don't be surprised if you get something African in your stockings this year!) The last time I was at the market was when I first got here, I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't have to buy everything I saw cause I will have plenty of opportunity to come back and take my time. HA! I hadn't been back since and so I was in a spending frenzy buying up as much as I could. I spent alot more than I planned in a very short amount of time, but I think it was worth it, my list is complete (and then some) Liberia is actually quite expensive to shop.
Friday I had the day off and so went to Dawala market, about a mile away. Is a large market along the road that sells everything from fish to lapas (fabric). I bought quite a bit of colorful fabrics. It was really hot in the market and since it was right against the road, there was no place to walk. What space there was between the stalls and the road was taken up by taxis' often 3 wide.
Saturday, spent the morning playing a really cool game, I learned it the first week I was here, its called Settlers of Katan and is a game like Risk, only you build settlements and cities instead of moving armies around. We have a whole group that plays as often as we can. Anyhoo, went to the craft market after lunch and bought alot of wood carvings and a large painting (I know Mom I said I wouldn't, but it was really cool and I have a great spot for it, plus I had them take it off the frame). Then went to Benson street which is downtown and has a lot of tailor shops.
Ended the night with another game of Settlers (I won! I've never won before). Then Erika helped me was my hair. I haven't been able to really scrub my scalp since I got my hair done, its too much work and hard to do on your own, so we got a basin and Erika went to town on my head. It was devine! My head felt to inflamed and sore that it felt good having someone scrub it.
Went to Providence Baptist Church really early this morning. Its more american like than the other churches I've been too. A real Southern baptist church, with a choir loft and a pulpit and stainglass windows. We sang hymns instead of chants with an organ (which turned out to be a keyboard). It was really interesting. Now back at the ship and doing laundry. thats it for now