Remember when I told you that I was going on a journey? I’m here!
Enough of the small talk, let’s get to it. Here’s what the team and I have been up to.
After a 12hr flight we landed in Accra, Ghana. It was completely surreal to step foot onto a continent that I have dreamed of visiting since I was little.
It was made extra surreal because after a 12hr flight, I couldn’t tell you what day it was. By the way, I’m writing this in the Johannesburg airport and it’s 3:30am at home. How crazy is that. It’s 10:30 here. I think it is Wednesday?
Delta couldn’t get us there in time to make our connecting flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia so we spent a time on the ground in search of local culture and a meal.
Traveling tip: When you crave spicy goat meat, Ghana is your place.
Ok, so I skipped the goat meat, but the Red Red was delish. We walked around the streets of Accra and met very friendly lovely people who all spoke English. One thing I noticed was that taking pictures of others in Ghana was not welcomed. at. all. When I get back to the States I want to try to look up more about this. If anyone knows, please let us know.
I had to bust out my iPhone street photography moves.
This picture of a man in one of the makeshift shanties built to sell items right outside a shopping mall, is a favorite. It’s odd how similar malls are in our two countries. Full of expensive clothes and everyone on their mobile phones. The difference is when you go outside in Ghana, the street vendors sell crafts, food, used shoes and more right next to open sewers. It was crowded, hot and the people were so incredibly kind.
I felt so thankful for the sheer luck of being born in the U.S. That’s all it is that separates us, the luck of the draw of where and when we were born… completely humbling.
Soon we headed back to the hotel where we thought we were spending the night until we were told our flight to Ethiopia was cancelled.
In Africa, I’m learning, you just stay chill and roll with changes.
In a rush we packed up and were back at the airport to try to catch a flight to Johannesburg.
If you are keeping score, we have been on the go for about 36hrs.
Apparently, I somehow managed to fall asleep standing up a couple of times in the airport in Accra. Unfortunate pictures of this are sure to pop up later. Ha.
There’s something to be said for traveling to a continent that knows so much poverty and hardship but is so full of kindness and generosity.
As a team we are deliriously tired, but positive, and viewing this all as a grand adventure. Is it the benefit of perspective about our ease of life compared to the world we see around us? Probably.
Knowing that we are on our way to visit with the kids in Ethiopia (Half the team is already there, including my fellow Babble Voices author, Kristen Howerton) and our stories and images will hopefully help tell the world about the chance to sponsor them and provide food, medicines and education.
I’ve blogged for 5 years now, and this trip is absolutely the most most important thing I’ve ever done with my ability to share online. More important than everything else combined. If you feel moved to learn more about sponsoring a child in Ethiopia, please click the graphic below.