“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

I have traded the roosters for the morning songs of the birds. No more do I hear the calls to prayer. Nobody is sweeping my yard, and I can’t smell the wood charcoal burning. I am home.

The flights were uneventful. The 10 and a half hours from Ghana gave me time to watch 2 and 1/2 movies, 4 Big Bang Theories and 2 Bones. I also read and I think I napped for an hour. The food seemed endless then the flight attendant brought a basket of snacks. The hot towels were wonderful. The flight from New York to Boston was over in a minute, actually 38 minutes.

I waited at Logan for an hour. I saw my car go by a couple of times but couldn’t get Lee’s attention. Finally, he saw me when I was moving across the street hauling my luggage. The ride home was longer than the flight from New York.

When I got home, the animals were thrilled to see me. The cats head butted me and purred. Gracie  wagged every part of her body. I was exhausted but couldn’t get to sleep. I was up until 2 which was 6 am for me. I slept two hours but had naps on and off all day. One bag is emptied but two more sit on the floor. My house had to be put back to rights. The coffee is gone so I’m going out to grab a couple of Dunkin’ Donut coffees. Maybe I’ll get a donut.

Being in Ghana in the morning and at home in the night is still amazing to me. As glad as I am to be home, I am missing my friends and Ghana. The trip was just about perfect. The only glitch was that pesky stomach ailment from which we all suffered.

Every time I go back I realize how much I love Ghana. The Ghanaian people are warm and friendly. As soon as I greet them in their own languages, they beam. They smile. Ghana was familiar this time, as if I hadn’t left. Every morning I waited to hear the morning call to prayer and the roosters one after the other. The brown rooster was always close to my window. During the day he traveled with a few hens and a Guinea fowl but he was alone for his morning greeting. I was in the restaurant early in the morning for the wifi. Coffee and eggs weren’t until 7. The eggs were always fried, the toast cold. Once I tried to explain French toast. I ended up with an egg sandwich fried only on one side. There wasn’t any maple syrup anyway. Bill went out to the road hoping to find the donut lady selling along the roadside. It wasn’t a real donut but a fried, greasy ball which we love. There used to be many small girls selling them, but now the donuts are difficult to find.

(We are back from our coffee run. The roads were almost empty of cars. I was the only one at the drive-up window. It is raining.)

Even though it takes a long while. I love traveling between cities in Ghana. We go through small towns and villages. I see women carrying loads on their heads, and I’m always amazed . Sometimes it is market days and the streets are filled with people. The goats are everywhere; some are tied but most are loose. All are munching. On a stretch of road with no houses, I’d see a woman walking without an apparent from where and going to. I always figure there is a lone compound somewhere off the road. At any stop, we are swamped by sellers hawking their wares. You can buy gum, fruit, veggies and already cooked food like kenkey. We usually don’t buy but just keep moving. There are police stops. They are checking for all the vehicle stickers. At one stop they nailed our driver for not wearing shoes. He was wearing slippers. I saw the driver grab a log book and stick 10 cedis inside then go to the officer. When the driver came back, the book was empty of cash and we got permission to drive. In Ghana, that is not a bribe but a dash.

Our last day in Ghana was spent shopping. We had all those cedis to get rid of. I did so well I had to get a few more to pay for lunch. We first shopped at a wonderful jewelry store. It was small and only a couple of people were allowed in at the same time. The silver jewelry is weighed to determine the price. I bought Christmas gifts and earrings for me. We then walked across the street and has Lebanese food for lunch. So ended our culinary adventure and our trip to Ghana. We left early the next morning for home.

On this trip I learned how much I love spending time with and traveling with my friends. I learned Ghana is still a home for me. I remembered how much I love the Ghanaian people. I got to see elephants, baboons, warthogs and a variety of antelope. Kelewele is still my favorite Ghanaian food, and goat is tasty. I don’t know if I’ll go back as it takes so long to save the money, but I’d like to think Ghana is waiting for me to return.

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6 Comments on ““Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I always have a feeling of loss when I come home after travelling, I always want to go back as soon as possible again but then the daily life takes over 🙂 It’s a different thing for You since You’ve lived there for a couple of years.

    I thought french toast was something we had all over the world, with some varieties depending on what kind of bread we’re using. Donuts however seems to be it 🙂 They were rare here when I was a kid, the ones we usually could get was the ones filled with some kind of jam or custard. Nowdays we can find all kinds of them but the filled ones are rare instead 🙂

    This trip has sound so fun and I’ve looked at all photos via that link You shared. Not often one find elephants close to ones door 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love being in Ghana, but I also love getting home. I have traveled for a couple of months in the past, and I am more than gl;ad to be home then.

      Ghana does not have a breakfast different than their usual meals. Hotels do serve fried eggs but no other breakfast food. They are not really donuts but we call them that.

      I also have other pictures I’ll post in a bit. The elephants were amazing!!

      Enjoy the day!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Welcome home Kat. Although I travel for business I still have a let down when I arrive home. The adventure is over and the routine of making my own bed, brewing my own coffee and cleaning up after myself. Although we have restaurants of every variety here in Dallas I still miss eating out in a foreign country.

    Thanks for the pictures of Ghana. I have little interest in visiting the place but your pictures and descriptions fulfilled my curiosity.

    Traveling first or business class internationally is a huge difference from flying economy class. Last summer my company changed their travel policy to allow us to book premium economy if the flight time is over ten hours. A big concession considering the upper management folks go first class. 🙂 My revenge is to travel a day early to recuperate and to buy the most expensive meal at the airport before boarding the flight. I then use the economy meal, which is either chicken or pasta, like a snack and can recuperate in the hotel room for an extra day from not being able to sleep in the cramped cheap seats.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob

      We enjoyed so many different foods including Ghanaian food. We seldom ate lunch but always enjoyed dinner. The small hotels clean your room if you ask. They seldom make the beds. Each morning the cleaner would ask what I wanted and would always do what I asked. She even washed my clothes.

      You are welcome. I think Africa is the most amazing place to visit. It has an entirely different culture than here and the compounds are such interesting architecture. Nothing beats the fun of market day.

      Flying first class to Ghana was the best decision. We could turn our seats into flat beds and relax. The food was great. We went to the lounge ahead of each flight and enjoyed the food and snacks.

      The trip was wonderful all around!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Welcome back home! Enjoy your daily coffee and rooster-free mornings and many nice colorful dreams of Ghana 🙂
    French toast is called poor knights here, just a quick home meal and uncommon in restaurants either.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit,
      I bought two cups this morning and later bought coffee to perk. I also bought a bit of food for the next couple of days.

      Here it a common in restaurants. They fancy it up by sprinkling powdered sugar on top.


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