Ryosuke and I have been in Ghana for a bit over a week now – and it’s been a very interesting (and fun!) trip. There’s so much I want to talk about and not enough time so I’ve decided to share with you the highlights of our first week here.
In no particular order:
1. The FOOD!
Ghanaian food is wonderful. It is rich, spicy, and flavorful.
My all-time favorite is either groundnut soup (pictured below – kind of like a peanut stew with chicken), fried plantain, red-red, or jollof rice with red sauce.
My husband isn’t so great with spicy food – but he’s also been LOVING all this Ghanaian food. I predict trying to make some of these when we get back to Japan.
2. Family time
Last night, dad taught Ryosuke and me how to make flour tortillas from scratch.
It. Was. Delicious.
More than the knowledge, though, it’s fun to have this “family bonding time.” Ryosuke absolutely ADORES my father (and I’m pretty sure the love flows both ways) and my heart warms watching them cook or go on adventures together.
3. The weather
Okay, so it’s bloody hot and humid… but after five months of freakishly cold weather in Japan, my body was aching for warmth. Ghana is definitely warm.
4. The weather The beach
Okay, you caught me. I really just like the beach.
We did a nice family weekend getaway at a nearby beach for Easter and it was really, really relaxing.
5. Staying at Ashesi campus
Ashesi is one of the only liberal arts universities in Africa (for more on it, you can check out Ashesi’s wikipedia page). Ashesi is a state-of-the-art university that combines technical majors with the liberal arts approach.
Ryosuke and I have been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time on campus exploring, chatting with students, and sitting in on classes. And wow, we both wish we had been able to attend Ashesi when we were in college.
6. The adventures!
Dad has taken us around Accra, Berekuso, and a couple other towns over the past week. We’ve seen, experienced, eaten, drunk, and ridden in a bunch of things – with a whole slew of stories.
Picture below is dad introducing Ryosuke to palm wine in the town of Berekuso.
7. Meeting people
Ryosuke is the master at making friends. Everywhere he goes, he meets people.
I’m happy tagging along and being able to meet people through him~ In the picture below, Ryouske found a make-shift gym outside and some of the local boys spotted him while he lifted weights (iron bar with cement blocks).
8. The cities, towns, and villages
I like traveling and seeing how other people live.
9. Giving a presentation at GhanaBlogging
Ryosuke and I gave a presentation on how to build a blog (and/or YouTube channel) at the monthly GhanaBlogging meetup. There were a good twenty or thirty Ghanaian bloggers there and it was wonderful being able to teach (and learn from) them.
Ryosuke and I tag-teamed that presentation.
And in a nutshell, that’s the highlights of our first week in Ghana! Stay tuned for more next week~