February 1, 2018
Hi everyone, I made it! I can not believe that I already have 6 days here under my belt, those are six less days I now have to live here 🙁 If you didn’t know, I am spending this semester studying public health at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana and so far I love it. I know that is a pretty heavy statement considering I have barely been here and am still in the “honeymoon” phase but I stand by it.
It’s pretty gosh dang hot and very gosh dang humid but I am slowly adjusting and honestly, it is not that bad. The hottest hours of the day are from 12-3 so generally, I try to stay out of the sun during those hours. Very few of the buildings here actually have air conditioning so seeking shelter from the heat doesn’t happen. I feel like I am constantly drinking water but it is never enough! And this campus is HUGE. We have to walk from our hostel to the international house in the morning and it takes us nearly 30 minutes to make it and that is walking at a consistent pace – definitely going to have some amazing stamina when I leave here.
The people in my group are also amazing! I have never met so many like-minded, kind, passionate, and encouraging humans in one place and everyone is just awesome! I could go on about them and this place for hours if you give me a chance.
I don’t have much service here but that has actually been nice. When I do have a chance to check it (and posts actually loads) I get bored and find it pointless within the first minute and get off.
We don’t have meal plans here, we all just fend for ourselves but we have a night market right behind campus where they sell THE BEST fresh mangos, pineapple, and avocados. I am completely serious when I tell you that I am unsure if I will ever be able to eat fruit when I get back into the states because it is nowhere near the same. I also eat rice everyday for at least one meal… usually both.
I registered for classes today and I am taking classes focused on women, children and family health. I will hopefully be volunteering at the local hospital every week in the peds ward AND I am going to volunteer with a foundation that helps the local children after school so I am really excited for that!
There is so much to say but I guess the moral of the story is – I am in an amazing place with amazing people, amazing culture and I am really excited for the next four months. There are so many differences but by keeping an open mind, I haven’t gotten overwhelmed or experienced much culture shock. I have changed so much in the past 6 days that I can’t imagine what it is going to be like at the end of the next for months. None of my apps really work here so if you want or need to talk to me, feel free to download WhatsApp and message me!
Here are some pictures I have taken around campus the past few days so, enjoy 🙂
This is where I live – International Student Hostel but we call it ISH1 and the rest of the internationals live right across from us in ISH2
This is a huge field we have to walk pass when we are heading into campus or back to our hostel. We were walking back from dinner last night and it was around 9pm and there was probably 30 people in this field just praying under the moon and it was such a cool experience
These are they types of tanks that our water is stored in! We don’t have hot water here; the sun heats those tanks so the temperature of the water is maybe one degree warmer in the afternoon than it is in the morning. I genuinely LOVE cold showers now though so I don’t mind.
This is my cute roommate Laura mimicking the random chicken statue in the all-boys dorm courtyard
Look at these bugs!!!!
I got nervous before I came that I wouldn’t find anyone who enjoyed photography like I do and guess who was sooo wrong…me
Like I said, so many like minded people!
It is super interesting to find writings like this on campus but not surprising based on the views of the society. I thought this was funny because right next to a brash statement are random graphs?
And this is the view from my room in ISH1. Although it looks foggy, it’s not! That is actually sand that blows from the Sahara and covers the Western coast of Africa. Once the rainy season begins, it will all be washed away. This is known as Harmatton in case you were wondering. We are heading to the western region this weekend to stay at a beach resort and a village on stilts so stay tuned for that! thanks for all the love and support 🙂