After a one-year hiatus from Thanksgiving, I am elated to be back to celebrating my favorite holiday with my family, friends, and kitties. So much in fact, that I helped prepare three different ice creams, banana-chocolate wontons, cranberry sauce, and a whole lot of deliciousness. Photos inside.
Epic, a health care software company based in Wisconsin, is often called, “The largest company nobody has ever heard of.” It was built with no marketing nor outside capital, yet made an estimated $1.2 billion in 2011 – a 45% increase over the previous year! The CEO, Judy Faulkner, has the following mantra: “Do good, have fun, make money.” The company truly takes the motto to heart – especially the ‘having fun’ part.
While visiting my brother and his wife in Wisconsin, we went to the Dane County Farmers’ market. Held every Saturday around the Madison State Capitol building, this massive market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the United States – no reselling is allowed. The following photos were taken at various vendor booths.
For those of you who didn’t know, Mama spent her Spring Break visiting me in Ghana. She had only traveled out of the country once before (Israel when she was 17), so I wanted to make sure her trip was jam-packed full of excitement. Between touring slave castles, swimming in waterfalls, and playing with monkeys – I can now say mission accomplished.
This past Friday, every AFS student in Ghana was reunited for two days of orientations assessing our time in Ghana. Afterwards, we spent a day at Biakpa Mountain Paradise. Following are my favorite photos from the trip:
Earlier this month, five YES Abroad and two AFS students went on five days of independent travel. We went around the city of Takoradi (the capital of the western region) and its surrounding areas. It was a great trip; as Adriana puts it, “We spent five days straight basically just being beach bums… and it was so nice!”
Following are some of my favorite photos from the trip:
In the past week I’ve been to two Christmas parties – more than I went to during the first 17 years of my life. They were both very enjoyable due to the unique foods I tasted and prepeared at each.
Bojo Beach is breathtaking- from the kayak ride onto the beach, to the stunning view and delicious food; we had a perfect beach day. That’s not even mentioning the best aspect of Bojo; that it’s entirely undiscovered. Excluding ourselves and the staff working the bar, we only saw two people during our whole stay. Come check out photos from our wonderful day at the beach.
Throughout last week I was on a group study tour in Kumasi, Tamale, Damongo, Dalun, and Mole National Park. It was great being reunited with my fellow AFS students – despite the gradual awkwardness which arose from being a bus-full of ‘Obrunis’ in the land of ’Obibinis’…