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Day trip to Boti Falls, Umbrella Rock, and the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm

Day trip to Boti Falls, Umbrella Rock, and the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm

          Before coming to Ghana, I expected to take part in a rigorous Masters program.  Sure enough, last semester’s work load proved to be a great challenge indeed.  However, this semester is already shaping up to outdo last semester.  With all the work and commitments swirling around me, it’s good to find time to break away and get back to nature.  Fortunately for me, that’s just what a new friend and I did last week when we headed to Boti falls…

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Meeting with the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota

Meeting with the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota

          Last week I spent time with the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota.  The Club definitely ranks in one of the livelier ones I’ve visited.  Their was laughter throughout the meeting, with some inside jokes which was clear to only some folks present.  Here’s a look at my time with the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota. When my professor introduced me to the Dean of my department last semester, we discussed my program, life in the US, and…

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My first Rotaract meeting with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East

My first Rotaract meeting with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East

     Of all the Rotary Clubs I’ve interacted with so far, the Rotaract Club of Accra-East has definitely been the liveliest.  Last week, this small, but exuberant club welcomed me with open arms, had a million questions for me after my presentation, and made me feel right at home.  Here’s a look at my time with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East. Preparation for the meeting, February 10, 2015               I first met the…

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Speaking at the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu

***HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, SPONSOR  AND HOST ROTARY CLUBS AND READERS AROUND THE WORLD!***  Last Wednesday I gave my fourth Rotary presentation to the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu.  Here’s a look at my interaction with the Rotary Club.      I’m no stranger to the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu.  My professor, a member of the club, took me as his guest to one of the meetings last semester.  The president, Ms. Yvonne, also invited me to take part in a…

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Moving to East Legon

Moving to East Legon

Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my home of six months at the student hostel and moved to a residential home in East Legon.  Since that time, I’ve gotten to know the family and was also invited to a christening ceremony.  Here’s a look at my move and a family celebration in Ghana.  After all the noise and chaos that comes with a student hostel (dorm), I knew I had to act quickly if I was going to find…

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Weekend at Cape Coast

Weekend at Cape Coast

                Visiting Cape Coast several days ago was—as always—a refreshing and amazing treat.  This time was particularly special because I slept, ate, and made new friends right on the beach!  Here’s a look at my third Cape Coast adventure.                           My plan two weekends ago was to head to Takoradi for a Festival.  My rerouted plans took me to Cape Coast instead, which…

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Palm Wine!

Palm Wine!

 There’s something very special about living in Accra.  Sometimes I sit in an upscale restaurant and feel like I’m back home; the next minute I’m sitting at the beach side, enjoying the breeze, feeling like one of the locals.  Last weekend a friend took me up to Aburi midday to search for some fresh palm wine.  Here’s a look at the adventure. Tasting fresh palm wine was something I’d been hearing about for months.  I first tried it at a…

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A Trip to Kokrobite Beach

A Trip to Kokrobite Beach

Last Friday I took a much needed weekend vacation to Kokrobrite Beach.  The beach vibe, the food, the people, and the atmosphere were all welcomed changes to my usual routine.  Here’s a look at my adventures last week.           When I woke up on Friday morning, I couldn’t wait to sip a cup of instant coffee, put on my clothes, pack my book bag, and head out the door to Kokrobite.  After running a few errands…

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A care package from home

A care package from home

  When living in a foreign country, it’s not unusual to have difficulty finding familiar products such as facial creams and food brands (I’ve mentioned lack of variety of hair products a couple of times in earlier posts).  Fortunately my parents posted a care package for me a couple of months ago with some much needed items and a few goodies, too.  Here’s a look at what was inside my box. At the post office paying the customs officer.  What…

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Christmas with my host family

Christmas with my host family

  Happy New Year to all my family and friends back home and to everyone around the world!          When I called up my host mother two weeks ago to ask if the invitation was still open for Christmas dinner, she said she’d be delighted for me to come over.  I was even happier when I heard that we would be having an American-style dinner.  Little did I know that on Christmas weekend, I’d be invited to…

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