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Oct 13, 2017 - The Journey Home Begins

-up after 0600 and just chilled until 0830 brekkie with the girls -up to reception to arrange for a taxi for Chris, the Virgin Yanks and moi [thanks to stupid Explore] -back for final packing and up to reception for 1050 pick up, delayed but eventually there [African time] -would have to check if ever thru Livingstone Airport, a rather non-descript place; managed to get my big bag checked thru to Dulles -decent little lunch from SAA, the three of us sitting together -had 3+ hours to kill, the girls doing some shopping and a few...

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Endless Botswana

Jul 17, 2017 - Once Upon A Time From Mmaampehia To Accra City

Once upon a time in Accra, I was a novice, a ‘Johnny-just-come’ as we will call it in the capital. Today, I am a travel guide, second only to Google map in giving you details of any location in Accra. It is a nostalgic memory I hold so dear. But it has not always been like this. This episode of the story been told is a far cry from what the earliest ones were. Nevertheless, in fairytale-like fashion, the end is always better than the beginning. Those days, some 20 years ago, Accra seemed like the land of Canaan spoken of in Biblical old...

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Travel Everywhere

Feb 13, 2017 - Accra, the capital city of Ghana ... and the start of another Big Adventure!

Hello Ghana! [FYI: English is the official language of Ghana and the Cedi (pronounced C-D) is the country’s currency (GHC) 1 cedi = 100 pesewa.] ‘It is not the destination that makes an adventure but the journey along the way.’ Bags were packed; taxi ordered; farewells said; luggage stowed in my car so as not to wake the family at 02:30 in the morning - it was time to depart on my next adventure. However, the start of this part of the journey was not particularly auspicious. 03:00 came and went and still no taxi, and no answer to frantic...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Becoming Ghanaian

Day 8: June 7th Today was a much better day at the hospital. Watched a lot of procedures and learned from one really knowledgable doctor. The doctors are the only staff here that seem to really know a lot about medicine, which is pretty terrifying. I also took BPs and vitals of all the patients in the ward and helped to dress surgery wounds. Then after work I met some other volunteers at La Palm- so relaxing. Then we came back and went out for a drink! Relaxing night. Day 9: June 8th Saturday. We decided to hang in Accra this weekend and...

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Ghana 2013

Jun 6, 2013 - Week 1 in Ghana!

Day 1: May 31st Today I arrived in Accra. Totally nervous when I stepped off the plane and into the airport. In an airport of thousands of people, it is the weirdest feeling to be 1 of less than 10 white people. Everyone can't help but look and stare at you, which was a feeling I got used to after a couple days. A Projects Abroad staff member picked me up and took me by taxi to my host family. I had my first satchel water (a bag you bite a hole in and suck water out of) which is our source of drinking water at my host family and throughout...

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Ghana 2013

May 18, 2013 - Family Man

In the morning, I leave for Tamale to meet up with my contacts out there but until then, its family man time. I must admit, it feels a bit weird to be the youngest boy in the gang. Hanging out with these old bloods got me thinking bout the value of a man of principle. Its weird listening to stories of life in their young'in era versus life in my young'in era. It feels as though i'm the crazy one. It looks like i am busy jumping out of planes and globe trotting and doing other crazy things but in reality, i'm like a saint. I brought up my...

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Xela 2012

May 17, 2013 - Pride

What is the value of the word pride? On the flight to Ghana, I sat next to a guy on the flight who, said to me while filling out the immigration forms, "i feel like writing "Proudly Ghanaian" in the nationality box."Perplexed by why he thought he was "Proudly Ghanaian," I had a conversation with him. As it turned out, he was a freshman in a college in Boston, visited Ghana every summer for 3 months, had a girl he was dating that he hadnt seen in 7 years and live in South Africa for 2 years before going to Boston. I asked myself what...

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Xela 2012

May 13, 2013 - Random Thoughts

What does it mean when we the people of the Republic of Ghana say we are a nation advancing rapidly in development. It seems to me that we do not need development but rather, we need a change in our mentality and corruption culture. We need a change in the way we govern and run our public sector. It seems to me that after 5 years, the gap between the poor and the rich has gotten bigger and the rate of unemployment has increased. I believe that the government and the people have an equal role to play in this demise. The government; We...

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Xela 2012

May 13, 2013 - Leaving Accra, Ghana

Monday 13th May, 2013 Accra, Ghana Today is our last day in West Africa and we have to pack our bags after 11 weeks here in this part of the world. It was hot this morning and we visited the internet café to post the blog and check into our flight this evening at 8.45pm. We did some final shopping and then packed our bags, after which we went out for the final time to try and cash the Guinea Francs (unsuccessfully). Back for a small lunch and then chatted to the people still left at the hotel. We got a taxi to the airport at around 4pm and...

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May 12, 2013 - A-C-C-R-A

Home sweet home. They say that there is no place like home. Indeed, there is no place in the world like where one grew up or where one calls home. It still feels like one of those dreams that you never want to wake up from. I must admit, leaving NY for Ghana was not as easy as I expected it to be. Hours before the plane began boarding, i started getting cold feet out of fear that I might not feel at home in my own home. I had fears that it would be a challenge to fit back into the very society the molded and made me who I am today. Why...

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Xela 2012

May 12, 2013 - Togo back to Accra

Thursday 9th May, 2013 Grand Popo, Benin to Agbodrafo, Togo Set off today after breakfast at around 9am from our pleasant auberge by the sea for the Benin/Togo border about 10-15km away and after stopping at the bank for some people to get money and the border formalities and changing our watches back one hour once we were into Togo, it was only a short drive to our auberge by the lake (Lake Togo) where we were camping. Again however we decided to upgrade to a room (most definitely not as nice as the previous two nights) and we then had a...

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Apr 22, 2013 - Yamassoukrou, Cote d'Ivoire to Accra, Ghana

Tuesday 16th April, 2013 Yamoussoukro to Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire This morning we had breakfast in the hotel in Yamoussoukro and then we had to erect the tents in the parking area of the hotel before we left, so they would dry after our wet morning of a few days ago, otherwise they could get mouldy. After that had been achieved, we drove across the city to do a guided tour of the Basilica of Notre Dame. This building would have to be the most amazing man-made construction we have seen in Africa – apart from the Egyptian and Sudanese...

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