The worldwide Augustana College experience

The Sahel Desert

This past Friday and Saturday we all made a trip to western Senegal to a desert in the Sahel, an extension of sorts of the Sahara desert. It was about a 5 or 6 hour ride total, but we stopped in the middle in Thies, Senegal to go to a tapestry workshop and a history [...]

The Past Weeks in Africa…

Well, I think it’s been about 2 or 3 weeks since my last blog… I can’t quite remember, but we’ve been either on a shaky Internet connection or no Internet connection aside from the occasional Internet cafe since my last blog. As I’m sure you can imagine, quite a few things have happened since that [...]

Very Late Wrap-up of Accra!

            Hello readers!  I realize it has been quite some time since my last blog and I want to fill you in on some of the exciting things we did while we were in Accra.  We have since moved on to many other places.  I am going to try my best to catch you all [...]

Adventures in Kumasi

As of today we have been in Ghana for five weeks and have only 11 days left in the country. It is very hard to believe how fast time has passed. For the past two weeks, we have been exploring Kumasi, which is the second largest city in Ghana and the heart of the Ashanti [...]

Koo Nimo Performance

This morning our music class went to see a performance/workshop by the Koo Nimo dance and drumming group. The group played traditional African drum beats first, beginning with a piece that representing one of the Asante nature poems that goes something along these lines: ‘The path crosses the river. The river also crosses the path. [...]

Bonwire and Ntonso Adinkra Village

This past Thursday our art class took a field trip to Bonwire and the Ntonso Adinkra Village.  Bonwire is the main production center of Kente Cloth, a traditional Asante textile which is weaved in long strips that are many times later sewed together into one large piece. We are weaving our own mini-kente cloths on [...]

Cedi’s Bead Village

This past Friday our art class took a trip to Cedi’s Bead Village, which was about a 2 hour drive from our hotel in Accra. It was a pretty uneventful drive, that is until we got to the last 10 or so minutes which consisted of driving along a rocky dirt road which felt similar [...]

More Fun in Accra

Akwaaba and welcome back! Since my first update, our list of valuable experiences has continued to grow. When we first toured Accra, I remember being extremely disoriented. Now, it feels as though we have a good idea of the layout of the area and can navigate fairly easily through town. Over the past week and [...]

slap happy dehydration

hello readers! First of all I want to thank all of you for your lovely comments on my blog…getting them really brightens my day (even though is pretty bright here already) Anyways, down to business.  This is my third week in Accra and it feels much longer.  By now I feel used to the the [...]

Anani School Visit

On Friday we visited a school in Nima, Ghana. As soon as we walked into the school house the children were up on their seats, clapping and so incredibly excited to see us. They had prepared for us a program full of songs, dancing, recitations, and even a play. The school caters to children in [...]