Ghana Blog: First Impressions of Ghana

June 25th, 2015

Ghana: a land of rich culture, vibrant colors, beautiful landscape, soulful music, peaceful people, and my home through a Study Abroad program for the next month. In only a few short days here, I have experienced more new things than I ever imagined possible. I continually find myself out of my comfort zone and fully immersing myself in a culture much different than back home.

The food here is very authentic and of course delicious. Spices are used heavily and a common Ghanaian meal may consist of jollof rice, chicken, and the freshest mango or pineapple you’ve ever tasted. Fufu is a popular and traditional dish made from cassava and plantains. It is eaten with your fingers and can be dipped into soup or sauce and instead of chewing it, you swallow it whole.

Showers? Simple right. Except when there isn’t a showerhead at all. Bucket showers are a very new concept to me that I had trouble adjusting to at first but have quickly mastered. It’s as simple as it sounds; you fill a bucket with water and pour it on yourself to clean your body. Since fresh, running water is limited, it is important to conserve its usage.

Ghanaian’s attitude towards time is slightly different than an Americans. If a meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. you might not find it beginning until 11:30 a.m. They approach almost all aspects of life with a much more laid-back attitude and laissez-faire approach. Coming from a place where we’re always busy and on our toes, its nice to take a step back and relax.

Ghana’s people, culture, and landscape, although different, has exceeded my expectations. I look forward to beginning work in communities and hospitals in the upcoming weeks and becoming more familiar with this remarkable country. 

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