God is good! After approximately 6,000 miles of travel and a few days of settling in, I am now a resident of Accra, Ghana. I know some people might be interested in hearing about the work I’m involved in at the office, but I will write a more extensive post about that in a few weeks. For now, I thought it would be nice to write a short post to give everyone a picture of what my life in Accra is like.
I live in the area of Accra known as East Legon, which is immediately adjacent to the University of Ghana. The house I live in contains 5 other interns and fellows, and 1 dog. It’s a great community, and it has been nice to have some expats to show me the ropes of life in Accra. The office is only about 1/2 mile from the house, which is pretty fantastic. I joined a local gym, it’s not exactly an LA Fitness, but it has weights, and they play an abnormal amount of Kendrick Lamar songs, so it feels like home.
Everyday on my walk home from the gym I pass by stands selling fresh mangoes, bananas, pineapples, coconuts, watermelons, and every other type of tropical fruit you can imagine. So that takes care of breakfast. I was told that if I didn’t like spicy food, Ghanaian food wouldn’t be for me. Thankfully, I love spicy food. However, this is a whole other level of spicy. Thankfully, I love that level of spicy as well. Many Ghanaian foods are served heavily spiced, but come with an additional local hot sauce on the side. These hot sauces are absolutely incredible! On consecutive evenings I ate the two best hot sauces I’ve ever had in my life. I lost a few layers off of my tongue, but it was worth it!
I want to offer a few assorted facts about living here. However, I don’t want to paint you a rosy picture and make you think I’m in paradise, but neither do I want to paint a horrible picture and make you think I’m in hell, so I thought a list of pros and cons would do nicely.
- Pro- The house has showers.
- Con- The showers are not hot ones.
- Pro- Its never cool here, so I don’t want a hot shower.
- Pro- Every room in the house has a ceiling fan.
- Con- We don’t use air-conditioning. (So the fans come in handy).
- Pro- The weather here is a little cooler than it is in Atlanta right now.
- Con- The weather is just as humid as it is in Atlanta right now. Additionally, this is the coolest portion of the year.
- Pro- There is an Apple approved repair shop a short taxi ride away from the house.
- Con- The screen on my laptop stopped working, so I need to utilize their services. (I’m typing this on my phone).
- Pro- The woman at the house next door pounds a batch of fresh Fufu everyday.
- Con- She begins doing so around 5:30am, whilst immediately adjacent to my window.
- Pro- We have electricity.
- Con- It is not entirely reliable.
Those are all a little tongue-in-cheek, but also completely true. People here are unfailingly polite, and quite kind. Ghanaians have been extraordinarily welcoming, and I would highly encourage you to visit if you’re interested.
So, in short: the food is good, the weather is nice, the people are fantastic, and the accommodations are comfortable. Like any place Accra has its pros and cons, but thus far the city gets a 5 star review from me. I do not have any specific prayer requests at this time, other than my computer getting fixed in a timely fashion. As always, I welcome you’re questions and comments.