Transportation was the first of many challenges I faced when I arrived in Ghana just a week and a half ago as I learned and continue to learn how to get around the city of Kumasi. Before I arrived, I didn’t think much of this obstacle and was more worried about things like the new cuisine I would try or how I would communicate with the citizens of the Gold Coast. But, transportation has been the arena that I have learned the most from and have enjoyed the most so far. There are two main modes of transportation here: taxis and tro-tros. Both have advantages and disadvantages: taxis are a more direct and will take you straight to the desired location but have no set price, and if you’re not careful and don’t barter effectively, you can be taken advantage of and the price can be fairly expensive. Tro-tros (medium sized buses that carry up to 15 passengers at a time) are very cheap but can be overwhelming in that they go on predetermined routes that can be hard for a non-native to navigate at first. Which one do I like more? That is yet to be determined. I really enjoy aspects of both: the interactions and conversations with cab drivers I have had aredelightful while taking a tro-tro to a destination successfully gives me a real feeling of accomplishment. Sure, I have made my mistakes with both (overpaying for a short ride in a taxi, or staying on a tro-tro too long and having to walk as a result of my mistake) but traveling around has let me see Ghana and observe the people, the scenery, and the city as I drive by.