dime--peace said: You are beautiful and I love your blog!! What has been the biggest challenge in adapting in your new community compared to America?
Thank you! I’m glad to know people read it!
To answer your question, I would say the biggest challenge for me is having fun. Most things I did for fun in a America, well… are things you can really only find in American cities and not in a rural African village. I spent the year before I left going wild and going to concerts.
I get this question a lot in many forms, mostly by other Ghanaians. They ask me, “how do you compare Ghana to America?” I try to avoid giving my honest answer because I don’t know where to start and I don’t want to come off as rude. In America we’re used to having EVERYTHING at our fingertips. We live a fast paced life based off instant gratification of all desires. Amazing LTE speeds allow you to text, update your status, order starbucks, dance to music, que a netflix movie, play temple run (what do the kids play now days? I don’t know), check your work e-mail, get that take out Thai food, and drive your smart car all at the same time! I’m over here in Ghana with a mobile network slower than 56k.
Things are definitely slower here, and it’s actually a wonderful thing! I used to wish I had more time, and now I have all the time in the world. With all that overload stimuli Americans are fed with since birth, no wonder it’s common PCV’s get bored and read books all day :-P
And the other BIGGER challenge - FOOD. I can’t help myself, I day dream about all the foods I WANT to eat but CAN’T. I even daydream about healthy whole foods! Someone gets a package from the states and first thing I wanna know is if they got chocolate, cheese, or home made cookies!
What it really comes down to, I’m in a new place. It’s natural that I miss home.