1. When do you come home?
I leave Ghana on June 30th and have a return orientation in Washington D.C. I return to Naples on July 3rd.
2. Do you want to come home?
In most ways I do. That being said, certain places in Ghana seem like home to me. I feel like part of the family at Malata market and around Roman Ridge [where I lived with my first family]. As soon as I visit both places, the sound of women yelling “Kwadwo” fills the air, and I am greeted with hugs and adoration.
Nonetheless, I am excited for the convenience of Whole Foods Market and not having to shower out of a bucket.
3. What will your first three meals be in Naples?
Meal #1: Israeli couscous with mango glazed sockeye salmon accompanied by sautéed brussels sprouts and asparagus.
Meal #2: Toasted ‘everything’ bagel with freshly made pesto and smoked whitefish, topped with sliced tomato and avocado.
Meal #3: Siam Thai Cafe – Pad kee mao [rice noodles with a basil sauce] and massaman curry with extra broccoli.
4. How are you spending your final weeks in Ghana?
Now that I am finished with Flair Catering, I have begun a two-week internship with Trafix Catering. This popular restaurant and catering service is located in the National Theater, seen below.
Since I already know how to cook the majority of Ghanaian and Continental dishes, I am waiting tables and generally making friends with the Ghanaians. It’s great being able to use Twi to interact with Ghanaians and share my experiences with them. I also love watching the occasional obruni customer [attempt to] eat local dishes without silverware.
After my internship ends, I will be going on a final trip to Takoradi before ultimately preparing for my departure.
5. Did you ever get sick in Ghana?
Besides one episode of food poisoning, no. I love Ghana; I don’t even have my usual morning allergies here! As far as food poisoning is concerned, I strongly recommend future visitors to NEVER eat salad sold on the street.
6. Do you think you’ll miss the ‘foreign’ experience enough that you may want to eventually live in another country?
I have no problems with living abroad, provided I can find stable internet connections. But unless my future job calls for it, America is one of the best places in the world to live… despite the recent cannibalism/zombie apocalypse trend.
7. How has this trip changed you?
For better or worse, I see myself as:
- More eager to see the world.
- More likely to eat my weight in broccoli during my first week in America.
- More likely to question the status quo [aka complain].
- More easygoing; things often turn out for the better when you don’t plan them.
- More blunt; eating around the bush wastes time.
- More likely to stop and ask for directions.
- More patriotic; most Americans don’t realize how truly lucky they are. Back home, parents raise kids telling them that they can be ‘anything they want to be’. For the most part, it’s true. For children abroad, it isn’t.
- And finally, less scared of boa constrictors:
8. Will you cook for me?
Sure thing Aunt Liz! I’ve already found several websites to buy the common Ghanaian ingredients online.
Get ready Americans; you’re about to get your first taste of fufu, palm nut soup, pollo, and a bunch of other Ghanaian goodies!
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