Akwaaba from Ghana!

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“Akwaaba” means “Welcome” in Twi, the main local language spoken in Ghana, where I’ve been for the past three days!

I flew into Accra (Ghana’s capital) on Thursday, and was probably the only Asian person amidst a sea of Africans (I imagine this will be a recurring theme over the next 5 months). In spite of all my attempts to get an entire row to myself so I could to stretch out more comfortably on the 10-hour flight from DC, I ended up sitting next to a very nice Ghanaian lady. She works for an organization whose goal is to institute a standard currency for all of West Africa—an objective that is apparently realizable in the longer-term, but which currently requires additional progress towards stabilization of many West African economies.

The aerial view of Accra is uniquely different from that of major cities in the US: the landscape is sprawling but relatively flat, with no high rises or skyscrapers in sight.

So far, I really like Accra. In just three days, it’s surprised me pleasantly in many ways which I’ll detail later on, but the best surprise was probably this: I came armed with tubes of Cortizone and bottles of DEET, ready to take on even the hardiest African mosquitoes, but have not yet encountered even a single mosquito (although now that I’ve said that, they’ll probably come swarming)…

Until next time,

- Mosquito-free Mei

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