Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep
27

The Women of Medie

Rose and family

I know that I have spent a lot of time blogging about my new life here in Ghana, but there is a major part of it that I have yet to explain. It is actually the reason why I am here. There are approximately 300 women in the villages around where I am staying that …

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Sep
24

Dancing at the Presidential Ball

Sy and Felix at ball

Last weekend we attended the Achimota Rotary Presidential Ball in Accra. It was a great way to network around the various projects we are starting, and of course a great excuse to get dressed up (which I don’t have much opportunity to do here… poor Sy!) The President of Rotary gave his speech and encouraged …

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Sep
20

Dirty Monkeys, Floating Bridges, and so much more..

canopy bridge

  Some of you may have already read this post as it is continued from the Cape Coast post, but I decided that it was too long when joined with the first, so I seperated it into its own adventure. After leaving Cape Coast, Nick, Isaac and I headed to the Kakum National Park… The …

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Sep
19

First Adventures in Cape Coast

Sy pulls from back 2

This weekend was a special treat as Nick, his friend Isaac and I took a four hour tro-tro out the coast! Cape Coast is famous for its castle (originally created by my Portuguese ancestors..)  It was an incredible experience! The beach was beautiful, though the cleanliness of the water was questionable. The weekend was interesting …

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Sep
16

Celebrating Teshie

men running in parade

Last weekend a group of us traveled down to the Accra Region for the annual Festival in Teshie. I asked about ten people what the festival was celebrating and although the all gave me a different answer, I still have not a clue what exactly it was, though I think it had something to do …

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Sep
14

First Day of School!

prayer with muslim girl in orange

Well, even though there were not many backpacks or freshly sharpened pencils, yesterday was indeed the first day of school in the small village where I am teaching this year. I arrived at 8 am to greet lots of smiling faces, eager to have an Obruni teacher.   I think  the equivalent in the US would …

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Sep
11

Our Trip to the Aburi Botanical Garden

mystery plant

First of all, I promise I will stop sounding like a tourist once I get settled in. I will probably stop feeling like one then as well. Last week we went to the Botanical Gardens in Aburi. The nicest part about it, besides the strange and unique plant life was that the closer we got, …

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Sep
08

Just like Forrest Gump

red bird

Last night Nick (a fellow volunteer) and I decided to go for a jog around the “neighborhood”. It is funny how even something as seemingly simple as exercise can turn into a noteworthy event.  As we left the compound I tucked a sachet of water into my sports bra. If I haven’t mentioned it already, …

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Sep
02

My First Weekend in Accra

trash on beach

Last weekend my fellow California co-workers, Jenn and Nick, and I trekked into Accra to get to know the city a bit. I was connected with a woman from DC through my church back in the District. She was a friend of the extremely charismatic (and handsome) minister, Rob, at my church All Souls, in …

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