Love, Eat, Pray: The 5 best moments I had 5 weeks abroad.

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Ok I lied initially it was the 5 best moments but going through my pictures I couldn’t choose 5 and A lot of best moments… doesn’t sound right. This time last year I was just beginning my adventures in Ghana, West Africa. It was around the 1st week and I’ve done a lot including but not limited to: waking up by the sound of roosters at dawn, got my hair braided in more colors than the northern lights, watch someone catch what we believe was malaria, and relaxed at the beach. This was a big trip for me for a lot of reasons. It was my 1st time REALLY being a way from home longer than ten days. Even in college I was always three hours away from home but, now I’m in another time zone on another continent for a month! You may be wondering “Why were you there for a month?” Good question you astute reader you. The reason is I was there as a volunteer, teaching art to children in an orphanage and acquiring as much Shea butter as possible.

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On this trip I learned a lot about myself and the world around me.  I often refer to this trip as “Eat, Pray, Love” with a twist. My trip was more like Love, Eat, Pray. I think my trip has similarities to the book but clear differences for example I didn’t fall in love with some strapping tall dark and handsome man but I did fall in love with a 12 year old girl (certainly not your modern day romantic comedy)  I was able to visit 3 countries and here are some of my best moments!

I had to learn how to slow dooooowwwwn in Ghana. Being a fast paced “Nu Yawker” this can be difficult because I like to hit the ground running. Here is a quick clip of my 1st couple days.

I decided to save camera space and take more pictures instead of video.

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Waking up to this for a couple days, Cape Coast.

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Right on the beach is Cape Coast Castle, one of the oldest slave castles used during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Kakum National Park. The Canopy Walk is a big tourist attraction it a canopy walk that is tied to seven treetops in the middle of the forest. Only God knows how high it is.

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We are smiling because we are close to the end.

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A real life Treehouse that you can sleep in but decided to stay at the beach instead.

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Wli Waterfall. The tallest waterfall in West Africa, and I hiked it!

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Getting my pin up girl on.

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If you knew how far I had to travel to feed this monkey.

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Big Ben.

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Henley’s Toy store in London.

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Tower Bridge. You would think London Bridge would be all fancy but it isn’t. This is the bridge.

The Food

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Banku and Peanut Soup.

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Chicken and Jollof rice.

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The best KFC is in Accra, Ghana don’t debate me on this.

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Croque Monsieur is a French grilled cheese sandwich. If you had 24 hours to see Paris what would you do? See what I did.

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Crepes!

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Fish and Chips in London.

The Children

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Learning how to say “sit down” in Twi is essential to teaching children.

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I don’t know this child she wasn’t one of my students we just started hanging out at the beach after she went out to far in the water. Her name is Abrah.

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Augustine.

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Grace.

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I had a birthday party for them.

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I don’t have enough words or space in this blog post to describe how my life changed during this trip plus if I tell you now you won’t read my memoir! Stay Tuned.

~A.V.

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