Accra seemed overwhelming during my first few days, but in just a short time I learned to navigate the streets with ease.
Once again I became comfortable with discomfort which has been a theme that continues to widen my understanding of the world, both at home and abroad.
I will be leaving in the next couple of hours.
I'm anxious to resume my life. I have a course scheduled to start and will resume tutoring young children in the homeless shelter. I can't wait to see my granddaughters - Ava and Mia and of course Barkley Bear, Theresa and my boys.
But I'm also sad to leave Ghana. I have a new appreciation of one country in Africa and have just begun to understand the culture.
I leave here proving to myself, once again, that I can travel freely around a new country by myself. I never could have imagined this independence twenty years ago. Simply by saying a few words in Twi I have opened conversations with people and learned so much from them.
Last night was my last evening with my students. A few kept asking when I would return, what else I teach and would I come back. I will miss them and yes, if my expertise is required, I would come back.
My students are welcoming, bright and enthusiastic. I am sure they learned from the two courses I taught and in return, I learned from them.
I have had pictures taken with people and have no idea who they are or why they wanted pictures. I always ask them to take pictures with my camera in return...just because it makes a good story.
When Janyn was here we spotted Ghanaians taking pictures of us thinking we wouldn't notice - we did.
In turn, we took pictures of Ghanaians who we thought wouldn't notice - and probably did.
I met Ashley, a Peace Corps Volunteer. She introduced me to her neighbors who pounded fufu and made soup for Janyn and me.
I listened to good music. . . and some not so good.
I learned about Ghanaian Art, although one piece still remains a mystery.
Janyn and I visited one of the poorest villages in Ghana where we were offered a desperate woman's baby shortly after this picture was taken.
What I will miss the most is the simplicity of life. I saw it in Central America, I lived it in Saint Lucia and I have been reminded of the peacefulness it brings in Ghana, Africa.
It continues to bring up a burning question. "Peace Corps Response?" I'm not sure. The application is only half completed.
So it is time to leave and I am anxious to get home and so sad to leave. Nante Yie!
Thanks Ghana, my students, and Webster University!
Now on to a grueling 25 hour, door-to-door, travel adventure.