Today Aria ate a fish head and banku (fermented maze)! This photo is from a group of us who decided to venture down from the resturaunt to the ocean while we waited on our food. Andrew Ma was the first adventerous one, crossing the rocks to the crashing waves. This shot was snapped after a harsh wave and resulted in dives for a few lost shoes and a very wet lunch party. While Aria’s dish was by far the most interesting the most common was Red Red. This is a dish of beans in a tomato paste and fried plantains (kind of like bananas).
Lunch was a nice chance to relax after the busy morning. We met the bus at 8:30 to do a riding tour of Cape Coast, including the market where we will do much of our shopping and the school at which we will be taking classes. At the school we met the dean and Professor Prah, in order to get our schedules and contact information. After this we walked the market for a few hours, grabbed lunch and were off to where we will be taking dance and drumming lessons. We got to watch some traditional dances preformed, a preview to what we will be learning, and then got to pick out our drums. Each drum is hand carved with symbols on the side. The symbols each have a distinct meaning. Nicole’s drum for example stands for diligence, prudence and steadfastness.
Kelley has been snapping some awesome pictures along the way (and says “love you mom and dad”). Sarah got roped into a crabbing expediton this morning and is a little burnt. Olivia, Chloe, Kiara are getting their hair braided this evening. The rest of us are heading out to a hotel to go to a disco with some of the locals who are working with us on the program. Mohammed, one of the dance instructors, is going with us. Kiara, Aria, and Keneya’ and Leah thought it was beneficial to teach him some American dances like the Roy and Soldja Boy before we go. This morning the noises woke me and I went for a run, encountering friendly locals and schoold children calling me Obruni. Obruni means person from across the ocean, a term we will all be running into a lot throughout our trip.
Just a quick update. Everyone is fine on this side of the ocean and staying safe.
Over and Out! With love from Ghana, Mackenzie
About the Program
The Davidson in Ghana program was started in 1996 by Professor Nancy J. Fairley in the Department of Anthropology. It is held every other year during the summer, based out of the University of Cape Coast. Professor Helen Cho is the Program Director; the 2016 Resident Director is Professor Laurian Bowles.
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The Dean Rusk International Studies Program embodies Davidson's belief that knowledge of other cultures and of the social, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world are integral to a liberal arts education. Incorporating the offices of study abroad, international student services, and travel grants and programming, we work to give a global dimension to every aspect of a student's education.