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Tips for Accra

In Accra, Tips, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 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, Bliss, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 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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Fleeting Bliss

In Accra, Bliss, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 by Lydia Cap2 Comments

I have decided that this post will serve as an extension of my somewhat controversial and disturbing post on strangers. For those of you who haven’t read it, I explained that I have no hope in ever meeting a stranger who doesn’t want something from me: be it money, “friendship,” or a US visa. Although I still agree with many …

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Kaya the Diviner

In Accra, Strangers, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 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, Books-2, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 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 …