Ghana

Ghana was the very first country to receive Peace Corps volunteers. The first 52 volunteers arrived on August 31, 1961.  On June 10th, 47 years later I will be one of 37 Volunteer teachers to arrive. WOW!

Ghana is the size of Oregon. There are three regions- a narrow strip of savanna on the coast, a tropical rain forest extending north from the coast and the northern savanna. There are two main seasons -the dry season from Nov – Mar and the rainy season from May – Aug.  The harmattan comes during the dry season.

Ghana and I share a birth year. They gained independence from England in 1957. The official language is English but there are many ethnic groups and languages in Ghana.

Peace Corps says Ghana is one of the best countries for family and friends to visit.The land is diverse and beautiful. The people’s interaction with Peace Corps Volunteers has given them a favorable impression of Americans.

So ya’ll come.

Well see monkeys, lions, elephants. Lake Volta, the beach, Accra and my post.

Tomorrow. What will I be doing in Ghana?

-vc

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Passport and visa

Today I went to Peaberry’s  Cafe in Simsbury to finish my visa and passport applications. There were too many

distractions in my room! Peaberry’s is the cafe my daughter Elizabeth manages.  It’s like Cheers. Her staff are friendly and welcoming as well as putting up with me singing. jumping up and down and staying for hours some time.

So the applications are filled out. Liz checked them over for omissions or errors and then I FEDEXed them off. A productive morning with good tea, excellent cinnamon buns and great company!

-vc