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Month: September 2014

A new routine

A new routine

When moving to a new country, it’s easy to fall out of the routine one has been following for several months.  I found this to be true when I transitioned to Ghana.  Finding local eateries that serve American style dishes, locating a gym that teaches aerobics and yoga–all these things take time and in some cases, were even pushed to the back burner as I got settled in.  Fortunately, things are beginning to fall into place.  Last week I was…

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A sigh of relief

A sigh of relief

There is no better feeling in the world than relief.  Anticipating an event for a long time, experiencing a halt in progress, and then finally seeing the event come to fruition provides great calm.  When school finally started at Legon last Monday, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I breathed another sigh of relief after I gave my first Rotary presentation the my host Club, the Rotary Club of Tema.  Here’s a description of my experience during the first…

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Waking the dead

Waking the dead

Before leaving home, I made a list of to dos for my time in Ghana.  On the list is a goal of visiting all ten regions of the country.  So far I’ve made it to Cape Coast twice to visit landmarks and friends.  A couple of posts ago I mentioned my friends in Cape Coast inviting me back for their annual Fetu Afahye festival.  Their stories about Orange Friday and the lively crowds convinced me to hop a bus and…

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Understanding the culture

Understanding the culture

*Update: union professors have called off the strike.  The graduate semester at Legon (University of Ghana) will begin on Monday, September 8 (yay!). Sometimes I wake up on Monday mornings and expect nothing out of the ordinary to happen.  How quickly I forget I’m in Africa!  Learning my way around Accra and the surrounding areas is slowly becoming easier.  Understanding the culture, however, is a completely different story.  There are small differences that occur every now and then that no…

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