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Published: June 24th 2010
June 24, 2010:
I'm not gonna lie I'm pretty much Ghana obsessed now. I've been training all week for the big trip, and it's been intense and exciting. I cannot tell you how many incredibly cool things and places we'll be experiencing. I just know the world is going to end Monday morning because, seriously, this is too good to be true.
Last night Duku, our lead professor, invited all of us and our families over for dinner. It was such a wonderful gift. She started off with a libation ceremony, where any of us could call out the name of a loved one who passed on. I got the guts to call out my father's name (since I think he'd appreciate a drop of gin being poured in his honor), and was surprised by the fact that I teared up over it (my father's been gone awhile). My daughter said the ceremony gave her goosebumps, and she is now hungry to learn more about Ghanaian culture (and, even more importantly, is getting the itch to learn and travel to far away places). It's not the same as taking the family on the trip with me, but I am so grateful that I was able to share at least a little bit of the experience with them. I really do like every one in the group, and their families. It took us a few minutes to warm up, but before long it felt like any other family gathering where everyone knows everyone --- without the gene-pool drama.
Today, we received the final itinerary of where we will be staying. If you're curious (they all have pictures, one has music), here's where we'll be sleeping at night:
Week one: www.therestinn.com
Week two: www.fourvillages.com
Week three: www.sanaalodge.com
Week four: www.africanrainbowresort.com
It looks like I'll have Internet access the whole time, but I've been warned not to depend on it. So, I'll do my best to update as often as possible.
Good God I should probably start packing, huh.
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