Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Phobia vs. Kotoko!

This past weekend we didn’t have any traveling planned so I went to visit the Nkrumah Mausoleum with a friend to pass the time.  In my guidebook it said that students of African History should not miss the chance to visit the mausoleum. So, of course, I had to go!  The mausoleum itself was GORGEOUS.  I’ve decided that I need to do something important for America or somewhere so I can get a beautiful resting place like Nkrumah’s.  The building is made entirely of marble, as well as his resting place.  His late wife Madam Fathia is also buried there […]

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Trip to Kumasi (a.k.a. the Asante Region)!

Not too long ago, CIEE took us on another trip, this time to Kumasi.  Kumasi is located in the Asante Region of Ghana and is about a five- to six-hour drive from Accra. We did a lot more sightseeing in Kumasi than we did in Cape Coast which I personally enjoyed because we got to learn a lot. Our itinerary included visits to three different villages, the local market (which happened to be one of the largest markets in West Africa), and the palace of the Asante kings. I took lots of pictures, so get excited! Traditional Asante Building Our first stop was […]

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Independence Day!

Some of you may or may not know that March 6th is the day of Independence for Ghana.  They just celebrated 54 years of independence from the British and let me say that it was quite a celebration.  This year the holiday landed on a Sunday, so luckily us students were able to have Monday off from classes.  So I had a three day weekend in which the celebration was non-stop.  If there is one thing to say about Ghanaians, it is that they LOVE their country and they are damn proud of where they come from.  To say “Meye […]

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Lightning Storms, Volunteering and Babies, Oh My!

As the warmest month in Ghanaian weather begins, the rainy season is starting to progress.  A few nights ago there was a HUGE rainstorm that almost seemed like a monsoon in the dorms.  The floors were covered with water and the raindrops were heavy and cold.  I walked down the hallway to grab a pen from my room and in the course of the one minute it takes me to get to my room I was absolutely soaked from head to toe.  After realizing how intense the rainstorm was and also realizing that it is capable of raining in Africa […]

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Trip to Cape Coast (Part 2)

On our second day in Cape Coast, we visited Kakum National Park. It’s one of the largest rain forests in Ghana, filled with all types of exotic animals and creatures. We got to take a short hike through some of the forest and then a canopy walk on a rope bridge through the trees about 30-40 meters above the forest floor. To say I was frightened is a complete understatement! I was scared to death. On this trip to the park, CIEE wasn’t the only group on the tour. We had a couple of other students from various programs in Ghana as […]

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Trip to the Cape Coast (Part 1)

Over the past weekend, the CIEE program went on a trip to the Cape Coast to visit the infamous slave castles in Cape Coast and Elmina as well as Kakum National Park. The trip was amazing and definitely an unforgettable experience! Because the group was so large, we got to choose to take a trip to one of the slave castles. I chose to go to Elmina, the largest standing slave castle that was involved in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The visit was both haunting and ironic. As you can see, the slave castle is huge and it’s filled with male and female […]

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Laundry, Welcome Durbar and Rita Marley

Akwaaba! That means “welcome” in Twi.  My time is Ghana has been filled with fun adventures and interesting foods! Over the past couple of weeks, we have settled into our classes, but as I have learned, most people, including professors, do not show up to class the first couple of weeks. I had two classes where my professors didn’t show up. The unspoken rule of class is that if the professor doesn’t show up within the first 30 minutes you are allowed to leave, and that is just what I did.  In my other two classes, the professors just gave a brief lecture […]

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Thursday, January 27th, 2011

My first week in Ghana!

I’m finally here! And it’s really hot.  I’ve officially been in Ghana for a week now and I have enjoyed most of it.  I’m not going to lie. Adjusting to the heat and the sometimes overly friendly people is quite the challenge, but I think I’m settling in quite nicely.  I live in ISH (International Student Hostel) on campus with a bunch of other international students from the states as well as other African countries such as Togo, Nigeria and Gambia.  There are a bunch of Ghanaian students who live in the dorm, too.  Our rooms are pretty nice. Simple, […]

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011

New Year’s Eve in NYC, family bonding and everything else before I depart for Ghana!

A Little About Me… Hey Everyone! Welcome to my blog! As you know my name is Doneeca and I’m going to be studying in Legon, Ghana, at the University of Ghana in Spring 2011!  I’m a junior at Bucknell and I’m a non-Western (primarily African) History Major.  I’m also pursuing minors in religion and sociology. I’m a proud Resident Assistant to the University (special shout out to my residents of McDonnell 4NW!) as well as an active member and treasurer of the BSU.  I’d like to think that I’m involved around campus and I’m definitely going to miss my fellow Bucknellians.  Luckily, while […]

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