Written by Ingryd London, Go Global 2015 participant. Originally posted as a Facebook status – 20.08.2015.
This time seven weeks ago I sat in a little hostel in the middle of Accra crying my eyes out because I wanted to go home. Today I am sitting at Accra airport ready to board my flight yet not wanting to leave. To say that these last couple of months have been amazing is an understatement. Apart from loving the people I travelled with, the people I have met here in Ghana have been inspiring, intelligent and sometimes crazy. Regardless I love the all.
In all honesty, I don’t really know where to start. The food, the people, the language, the cities…. the list just goes on and on.
I have gone from being a teacher to a tourist. From surprising Tamale citizens seeing me on a bicycle to (probably) giving some of them a heart attack when seeing me at the back of a motorking smiling.
I have made friends for life and a couple of taxi drivers angry. I have learnt (some) of a new language that I will probably never use again and yet in more times than not made my life in Tamale that little bit easier and more entertaining.
A big shout out to all the teachers at Morning Star school, GIGDEV, my eggs lady, my loyal groupies on my way to work, baby Isabella, the man who sells amazing fabric on the back of his bike, Mary and her crew who made my Tamale dream come true (she got me a Dugbani – English dictionary! Yes that’s right!) and to all of you who have in any way contributed in allowing me to come out here. But most of all, I want to thank my students.
Pawuni, Mavis, Zuleiha, Rashida, Nuhu and Perpetual you have all been amazing! I have learnt so much from each of you and I hope that you learnt something from me too. I have loved teaching you everyday and I wish you all success for the future. Study hard and continue being fantastic individuals! Our lessons and bike races were great but nothing beats us all standing on the back of a motorking singing and waving to all who passes by!
It is very difficult trying to write the all experiences that I have had but trust me this trip has been life changing. One phone theft, three blood tests (and salmonella….), 60 malaria tablets, 9 kilos less and befriending a group of six strangers later I think I am ready to board that plane overly satisfied with my experiences.
Ghana, it has been a pleasure.
Now on to my next adventure…..