We’ve only been in Kumasi for 10 days but I’m starting to understand how the city works. When we first arrived, things were so overwhelming; cars were almost hitting each other, vendors were selling their goods in every inch of the markets and streets, and people were hopping on and off small buses going in seemingly random directions. I now understand that cars and drivers are aggressive but they know what they’re doing, markets are divided tactically by types of goods, and the small buses– called tro tro’s– are a convenient and cheap form of public transportation.
My experience so far has taught me the danger of looking at new things from the outside. To truly understand something, and in this case, the beautiful city of Kumasi, I have had to immerse myself in it. As I continue to travel within this “developing country”, I hope to observe other forms of development, like the public transportation system, that only an insider can recognize. Using this mentality, I hope to shake off the American and Eurocentric mindset concerning African countries.
So far, Ghana has shown me new types of beauty that we don’t find in the U.S. The people are not afraid to wear bring colors, children will happily dance for anyone who asks, and your friends are considered your brothers and sisters. The way Ghanaians think about and treat each other demonstrate far more personal development than some “developed” countries.
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