Beware of Baboons
Apr27

Beware of Baboons

For my final weekend adventure in Ghana, I chose to fly to the Northern Region to Mole National Park.  The northern part of Ghana is very different from the area I lived and worked in and I was told by many Ghanaians that to truly experience Ghana, I needed to see what life looked like in each region.  The Northern region appeared to be much less developed, full of beautiful baobab trees and large termite mounds, significantly hotter...

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Cape Coast Castle
Apr27

Cape Coast Castle

With our weekends free, we have been able to explore a great deal of Ghana’s beauty.  One of our favorite places to visit is Cape Coast, which is a historic fishing town with beautiful beaches.  We were able to stay right on the beach in an eclectic brightly colored bamboo treehouse that was nestled in the shadows of Cape Coast Castle. Contrasting the beautiful view of the ocean crashing over the rocks, is the dark history of the...

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This is Ghana be an adventure
Apr27

This is Ghana be an adventure

I chose to study abroad because I believe there is only so much that can be learned through our own cultural lens.  I have learned the most in life when immersed in conversations and experiences with individuals who view the world in a different way than I do. Deciding to study abroad was a difficult decision, as I am in a distance learning program and have been working full time in my field while attending graduate school.  However,...

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The Return
Oct30

The Return

Coming home, returning, was so sweet. As I stepped off the plane after nearly 12 hours of traveling I ran into the arms of my dad, who I hadn’t seen in over four months. I was excited to breathe the air of America, to use toilets that flushed efficiently, and to enjoy some chips and queso from an overpriced Tex-Mex restaurant. I remember thinking about how glad I was to be in the United States of America, which I discovered was pretty...

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Home Again
Oct30

Home Again

Now that I am home, I feel both happy and sad.  I have loved getting to see my family and friends after so long and share my pictures and experiences with them.  I missed little things like sleeping in my own bed, driving, my dog, free water, and, of course, Chick-fil-A.  I can also admit that I am relieved that classes have come to an end.  These things aside, it seems weird that my time in Spain that I looked forward to for so long...

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Leaving Madrid & Coming Home
Jul24

Leaving Madrid & Coming Home

Now that I am back home in America, the first thought that came to my mind was how excited I was to see my family and dogs. Other than that, I was mostly happy that, because although the program is over, the friends that I made, I will see again in Alabama at school. My first feeling when arriving back home was eagerness to see my family and to catch up with them. I do miss my host family but I was very excited to be reunited with my...

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