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Month: August 2014

Making the best of it

Making the best of it

A lot of friends and family have emailed me inquiring about my studies.  They’ve wanted to know how I’m enjoying class and campus life.  Sadly, I’ve had to tell them that class has yet to begin because professors in Ghana are on strike.  Being a foreigner myself, I’m not sure who or what is the true source of the problem.  Some say professors are demanding fair wages.  Some say the government is trying to use educational resources more wisely.  Some…

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Walking 10 Miles in Africa

Walking 10 Miles in Africa

When I woke on the Friday morning, the day after I arrived, I sat straight up in bed and began thinking about the past weeks’ events and the days to come.  Always concerned with time, I immediately began making a mental check list—it was Friday morning and there was so much to get done in the day and it was already nine o’clock and I had to move into my hostel room that weekend—and so on (boy was I in…

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Arriving in Africa

Arriving in Africa

   This time last year I wasn’t sure if I would ever make it to the motherland.  Two weeks ago I was bouncing off the walls, trying to anticipate every moment.  By last week I was so tired of staring at my suitcase that I just wanted to be on the plane already and go to sleep.  Friends and family had asked me what sort of emotions I’d been having: was I nervous, anxious, scared.  Scared, I thought to myself,…

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Packing up and moving out

Packing up and moving out

    The last week has been a whirlwind.  Packing up the contents of an entire apartment one has lived in for nearly three years is a challenge; fitting what is needed for a year into two suitcases, a camera bag, and a knapsack is even more taxing.  Slowly, but surely, it can be done.   My apartment in Charleston during moving week, July 28th, 2014  I’m always amazed at the amount of paper, nick-knacks, food, household decorations, and unnecessary…

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