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Blog 8: Goodbye Ghana

As we prepare to board our separate planes bound for the U.S. (Amanda) and Rome (Jessica), we’re left sitting here thinking about our experience. Both of us agree that we’re extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to not just visit another country while we’re in pharmacy school, but to actually get to live and work in one. Each of us are looking forward to returning to consist electricity, hot running water, perforated and soft toilet paper (except when Cynthia goes to buy some especially for us), and our American food covered in cheese, sugar, or salt. We miss American television, normal grocery shopping, fast food that doesn’t come from someone’s head or roadside shop, and ice (specifically iced coffee). However, with all the stuff we miss now, we both have a feeling we’re going to miss more about Ghana once we leave.

Man carrying plantain leaves on his head

Children carrying fufu making equipment

This marvelous country is filled with the most unique culture we’ve ever experienced. I know we’re going to miss the liveliness (Accra is a lot busier than Ada ever will be), the colors, the sounds (especially hilife music), the dancing (azonto!), the smells (not the sewage, but the fresh trees and fruits), the lifestyle (Jessica’s adjusted to the laid back atmosphere, even if Amanda’s still not completely used to it), and most importantly we’re going to miss the people. Daniel and Cynthia have been extremely gracious hosts; taking the extra time to make sure we’ve felt at home in their home and giving us the ability to experience anything and everything we could. The rest of their family will also be missed as they’ve become like our family. Hang out time in the kitchen back home will never be the same with a group of people hanging around to watch us make mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs.

Jessica with Michael and Martin

Bright being a wonderful driver, like always

We’ve also made friends outside of the family. It’s honestly going to be strange not seeing Bright every day to every couple of days. He’s become just as much our preceptor as Cynthia and Daniel have. And of late we’ve also made friends outside of the pharmacy realm, whom we know we’re going to miss being able to hang out with. However, we’re not just going to miss the people we’ve met, but we’re going to miss the people in general. Ghana is a community based, caring, and extremely extended family involving lifestyle. Like we’ve mentioned before, everyone cares for everyone else and the sense of camaraderie runs deep.

Amanda showing some kids a picture she took of them

Sunset from the hill above Daniel’s house

We know this interesting place has a long way to go to catch up to the infrastructure and standards of the United States and we’re thankful for getting to see it at this stage in development. Just because a place doesn’t have the best technology or roads doesn’t mean that it is to be ignored. Ghana is beautiful and has much to offer the rest of the world.

Thank you for going on this journey with us,

Auntie Amanda and Auntie Jessica

The two of us at Elmina Castle holding “A Comprehensive Course in Twi (Asante)”, which we bought in the bookstore there. We will use it to practice for the next time we visit!