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Tips for Accra

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Tips by Rachel1 Comment

When I chose to come to Ghana, I wanted an escape. I needed a completely new environment to take a step back, look around, and breathe. This was my second semester studying abroad, so I took my past advice and applied it again. I knew the semester would fly by. I knew I had to take advantage of everything. But, I …

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Running Towards Noise

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Bliss by Rachel1 Comment

In Ghana, the majority of people ride tro tros for public transportation. A tro tro is a minibus that travels back and forth on a certain route, picking up people and dropping them off wherever they please. My friend Will and I decided to go on one last weekend adventure before the end of the semester. We decided to go to Kokrobite, …

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Kaya the Diviner

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Rachel2 Comments

Apparently, Ghana is ranked one of the friendliest countries in the world. Ghanaians are well known for their hospitality and extroversion. As an introvert and a female, I found this intense welcomeness towards foreigners very off-putting at first. Even now, I sometimes have trouble understanding why Ghanaians will come up to me and play the 20 questions game. The possibilities flicker through my head–I’m either in …

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Somebody’s Heart is Burning

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by RachelLeave a Comment

For the second book assignment I read Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa by Tanya Shaffer. Similar to the first book I read, Black Gold of the Sun, this is another memoir based on travels throughout Ghana. But since Shaffer is a woman born in California with no connection to Ghana (other than the desire to travel somewhere new), I could relate more …

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No Kissing No Hugging

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Authenticity by Rachel2 Comments

In general, when I am in a new city, I try really hard to torpedo myself into it’s authentic back region. As long as I do my research, spend my first few days/weeks making mistakes, seeing what the locals wear and asking them where to go, I think it is relatively easy to find the authenticity of a place. I am not interested in the façade of a city’s touristic image, because, as MacCannell describes Goffman’s …

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Searching for Home

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Rachel1 Comment

I read Black Gold of the Sun by Ekow Eshun. Although he was born in London, Eshun’s parents were raised in Ghana. Eshun had spent his childhood and adolescence troubled by his unexplainable sense of homelessness… He could not understand why he was unable to satisfactorily answer the simple question, “where are you from?” with neither London nor Ghana. Although Eshun had spent some of his …

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Don’t Look At Me

In The Art of Travel Spring 2015, The Quotidian by RachelLeave a Comment

Every new week in Ghana has thrown a different, radical challenge into my daily routine (which has starting feeling more and more like a balancing act with chinese teacups). Thankfully, under my thick sarcastic skin and eye rolling, I’m actually quite optimistic, and it’s hard for something new to scare or upset me. This week, my daily routine has rotated around my severe allergic reaction. …

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Fade to Black

In Accra, Walking, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 by Rachel1 Comment

I am very used to traveling, so in a way instead of learning how to adjust to a new environment, I’ve been pushing myself to experience as much of Accra alone as possible. And because my program is so small and we all have such different tastes, I’ve had to take my own initiative to find the restaurants and places that …

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Mepa wo kyεw!

In Accra, Communicating, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 by Rachel1 Comment

I speak english. And a hair of German. Before I came to Ghana, I just figured that everyone spoke great english. Language was the last thing on my mind. Although the official language of Ghana is english, the most widely used language is Twi (pronounced Tree…or maybe Chree…). During orientation, the entire program was placed in two intensive Twi classes. Obviously …