Exploring the “touristy” side of Ghana

This past weekend I got a head start on my African travel resolution and headed to Cape Coast, about a 4-hour (with traffic) drive West of Accra. The weekend was a great mix of historical education, relaxation, and fun, and I’m glad I finally got a chance to visit some of Ghana’s “touristy” destinations. After … Continue reading

30 hours in Istanbul

I’m now back in Ghana after an eventful 30 hours in Istanbul, which I loved. It’s an incredibly photogenic city with a fantastic transit network, so even with so little time I was able to check two major things off of my to-do list: shop the Grand Bazaar and visit the Hagia Sophia. After a … Continue reading

You know you live in Ghana when…

Happy new year! I have a feeling 2013 will be a crazy year and so far it’s off to a good start. I’ll be heading back to Ghana the day after tomorrow and I’m excited to get back into that African heat, even though I’ll miss Canada and all of my loved ones that call … Continue reading

Please Donate! Help Train Teen Girls in Ghana

Looking for an awesome Christmas gift or just some plain ol’ good karma? Well, I’ve got something for you. For the past few weeks I’ve been planning a fundraising campaign for a school located about 45 minutes outside of Accra, and after a few visits and some iMovie magic, it’s here! You can read all about … Continue reading

This Could Be Anywhere In The World

Sometimes when I’m out and about, weaving my way into the social fabric of this place, I lose track of where I am. Sometimes I forget the history of all that surrounds me, fail to hear the international accents, feel comfortable as though it’s home. Other times I’ll notice something or look beyond the lights … Continue reading

Spot the Obruni!

This has been quite an eventful week…I rubbed shoulders with some United Nations reps, made an appearance on the news, and this weekend I’ll be leaving Accra for the first time for a weekend at the beach with a big group of new friends! The other day I attended a conference held by the United … Continue reading

My Ghana so far

Long time no blog, I know, I know. I’ve transformed slowly from overwhelmed to busy and excited, and there’s not much time to reflect during the pauses in between. Until now! So, Ghana. As you may have noticed, I had no idea what to expect before I came here. I had Google images and blog … Continue reading

Next stop: Ghana

It’s my last night in Canada for a year and I can’t believe it. Tomorrow I will be getting on a plane headed for Accra, Ghana and my stomach is full of butterflies and anticipation. I have no idea what to expect. I don’t know what my apartment will look like, I don’t know how … Continue reading

Excitement in the air

First of all, I want to send a BIG thank you to all of the incredibly generous people who donated to Crossroads International on my behalf. Your funds will support several initiatives that assist disadvantaged people in Africa and Latin America, and every dollar makes a huge difference. I’m at 93% of my goal now, … Continue reading

Please sponsor me!

Hey! I’ve just finished with three days of training for my mandate in Ghana, and I’ve learned a ton! I have about ten million things to do before I leave, but for now most of my questions have been answered. I’m still pretty apprehensive, but I’m  getting more and more excited with each passing day. … Continue reading