Hello from Ghana!
Blogger: Ava Martinez
Happy Holidays! Congrats to all the admitted Early Decision 1 applicants and good luck for those of you still finishing apps. I hope you all are having a wonderful winter break, I certainly am! I arrived in Bawjiase, Ghana on Friday night, after making it through three flights (total of 20 hours) and a two-hour cab ride. As those of you who have read my previous posts may remember, I had a really great time volunteering at an orphanage here this summer, and couldn't wait to get back!
It's so good to be back, and it was a particularly great feeling to have everyone from staff members to the kids to a number of shopkeepers in town remember me and welcome me very warmly. My first couple of days here were kind of rough, as my bag full of all my clothes, toiletries, and other essential items didn't make the flight, so I had to improvise quite a bit. However, after the weekend, I was able to go back to the airport in Accra to get my bag. This trip involved two tro tro rides each way (a tro tro is kind of like a bus, and is a much cheaper way to make longer trips than a cab), and to say I awkwardly stood out would be a massive understatement. The way there was a pretty typical tro tro experience for me, with countless numbers of people pointing at me and yelling obruni (white person) and a couple of marriage proposals from random men who saw me from the street. The way back was pretty much the same, except for the fact that I was carrying a suitcase larger than my own body, in case there wasn't enough attention already drawn toward me.
I realize that sounds kind of negative, but aside from being a little bit inconvenient and physically exhausting, it was actually a very pleasant and entertaining day trip for me. Since then things have been fantastic, the weather is perfect (hot, but not uncomfortably so), and I've been having so much fun playing with the kids here and getting to know the six-ish month-old (his exact age is debatable) baby who was brought to the orphanage about a month ago. I brought about 40 coloring books, which have provided endless entertainment for both me and the kids (I have a not-so-secret love for coloring books.) I'm also really excited to spend Christmas here, because from what I've heard, everyone gets pretty into it. Anyway, I look forward to updating you all on my trip later, and I hope you all have fantastic holidays!