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ErinCraig

  • 33 years old
  • From Idaho, United States
  • Currently in Idaho, United States

Erin's adventures in Ghana

Many people have asked how they call follow my experience in Ghana. I'm hoping this blog will be a good way for everyone to read about my journey.

Home sweet Ghana!

Ghana Ghana  |  Sep 01, 2012
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I have now been in the Ghana for about 4 hours. Holy cow..I'm really here :)

The travel process went very smoothly. Better than I expected. The line to get through immigration took quite a while. A lot of people were complaining. I definitely noticed the humidity right away. I felt like I was back in NC. 

I was a little confused after I made it through immigration. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to meet the ProWorld staff at the baggage claim or outside of customs so I walked around for a bit. I finally found my bags and exchanged some currency. We were warned that people will try to help take your bags and that was definitely the case. I had about 5 different men try to take my things in exchange for money. I'm glad they warned us not to. I wasnt able to find anyone from ProWorld so I went through customs and out to the waiting area. I then found the ProWorld staff and another volunteer. We waited for another hour or so until the last volunteer arrived. They lost her bag in London so it took a long time for them to try to track her bag down. I felt really bad for her. I'm glad both of my bags made it safely. 

From there we headed out to the car. I took a few pictures and will upload them soon. So....we had 3 volunteers, a staff member and our driver. We are all here for multiple months so you can imagine how much luggage we had. We got to the car and much to my surprise, it was the size of a Geo Metro. It was tiny. We got most of the luggage in and had to tie down the trunk. Sarah, the staff member decided that her and I were just going to take our own taxi so the others would have more room. 

As we were walking towards the airport, I heard a comotion. I saw about 10 men involved in some type of altercation. I just heard a lot of yelling but could not understand what they were saying. We walked right past them and continued to find our taxi. As I was walking by the group of men, one of them grabbed my wrist really tight. I just yanked it away and kept walking. We finally found our taxi. Holy crap was that a scary ride. There is no speed limit and they just drive all over the road, swering in and out of traffic. Pretty scary!

We made it to our little hotel. Its so cute. I will post pics. I'm sharing a room with another volunteer, Alex. She's from Oregon. She played softball at BSU her freshman year, small word. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with her! She's been to Ghana before so she knows a lot which is goign to be helpful. We have already started planning our weekend trips. So exciting :)

Well, I think I am going to call it a night. Its 1AM in Ghana and I'm exhausted. Hopefully I can get some rest. We have to be up at 7 for breakfast and have a full day of activities planned. Can't wait :)

Love you all! XOXO

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