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Michigan to Ghana Part 3 | January 2, 2015
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Days in the Life

One Second Every Day

Training is over and I’m officially a Peace Corps Volunteer. In the past three months I’ve learned how to build a bee hive, make soap, grow mushrooms, harvest rice, and vaccinate foul. That’s just a short list of agriculture related activities under my belt to keep me busy in Ghana for the next two years.

Over the past three months I challenged myself to shoot a video every day during training. I compiled one second clips each day with the help of my trusty One Second Everyday App, and I managed to create a pretty awesome summary video. Some days were easier than others but the project helped to make the time fly, and now the real work begins.

Watch the video here...
 

Peace Corps Friends

Sometimes I end up on the other side of the lens.
Kristen and I enjoying some well-deserved beer after swearing in (left). Topher and modeling for the next American Eagle catalog (right).

Xtine Art:

I somehow found the time to do a little art here and there during training.

Michigan: It's Home Sweet Home

From Michigan to Ghana with (G)Love: 1st Edition

Once upon a time every fifth grade class at my elementary school did a recital about The Great Lakes State. I seem to recall dressing up like a character from Little House on the Prairie, and I think there were historical reenactments (performance theatre if you will) executed by the more outgoing classmates in the group. What I do remember is one little portion of a song, it stuck with me throughout the decades and I'm reviving it here in Ghana. 

Read the entire post here...

Adila means food in Lelemi

Those of you who know me best will know that I pretty much spent the last four years of my life eating out or ordering in. It’s not that I don’t like to cook, I’m just not that great at it, and to be completely honest, I kind of gave up trying these past couple years. With a lack of counter space in my old apartment and no drive or big incentive to remedy the situation, I turned to my local eating establishments on a regular basis for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Well, that all ends in Ghana. I long for fresh greens... really fresh anything would be great in this country where the diet consists of boiled starch and oily stew/soup. Here’s how it goes. 1.) Choose your starch: plantain, cassava, cocoyam, sweet potatoes, rice, etc. 2.) boil some vegetables in a ton of oil. 3.) add protein - if you don’t like fish your in for trouble. Voila, you have your typical Ghanaian cuisine.

Now that training is over and I’m settling into my own kitchen (complete with a decent amount of counter space) I’m taking on the challenge of cooking for myself. So far I’ve made a salad with guacamole dressing, hard boiled eggs, and indo mie (the ghanaian version of ramen). With the exception of pasta sauce and spaghetti I’ve nearly exhausted all my culinary skills and I’ve only been at site for a handful of days. The trick is to maintain a balanced diet without the use of an oven or refrigerator. Think camping without the cooler, or condiments or lunch meat... I take that back, don’t think camping at all. I may break down and buy a fridge but it’ll take more than a refrigerator to maintain a healthy diet for two years.

Let the adventure begin.

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