The worldwide Augustana College experience

Bitik-ing at Aba House

This past Wednesday we took a field trip with our art class to the Aba House nearby on the coast. Aba is an American woman who takes in young kids and teaches them some sort of artisan trade so that they do not have to just beg on the streets for money. They make paper [...]

Lakes, Rivers and Drums

            Things have been going fantastic here in Accra, Ghana.  Every day I meet more people, and every day I realize how different it is here compared to the United States.  In the past few days since I last blogged, a lot has happened…             We got to take another tour of some different things [...]

I <3 Ghana

hello all…J Uhlir reporting to you all from my hotel in Accra!!! Ghana is amazing…I can’t describe in words how blessed I feel to be here.  I love the people, their openness and compassion, the feeling of unity and spirituality in everything they do. I feel like this last week has gone by so quickly, and [...]

One week down..eight to go

It’s hard to believe one week has almost passed. In reality our journey throughout West Africa is just beginning, but it seems the group has already experienced so much. By now, we are becoming pretty familiar with the hotel and its surroundings. The group completed a city tour of Accra on Wednesday and traveled north [...]

First Weekend in Accra

This Saturday we went on a group day trip to the Kofuridia Eastern Region and saw the Akosambo Dam and the Aburi Gardens.  It ended up being about a 2 hour bus ride out, but it was peppered with beautiful views of Ghana. We’ve been visiting areas in Accra that are very urban–seeing museums and [...]

City Tour of Accra, Ghana

I have to admit that the first thought the sprung into my mind upon getting off the plane in the Accra airport was ‘man it is HOT!’ Which has continued to be the case.  It is typically in the upper 80′s or in the 90′s, but in addition to the intense Ghana sun, the humidity [...]

Ago! Hello from West Africa!

So we made it safe!  My first international flight has been a success.  Unfortunately I only slept for about an hour on the entire 11 hour flight, but I survived!  From the moment we stepped off the plane the experience has been fantastic!  I immediately felt a wave of heat and sun, and we headed [...]

the lizard that changed my life

hey all! I’ve only been in Africa but it feels like much longer…Ghana is a whole new world.  The moment I got off the plane I was immediately hit with an intense wave of humidity and ray of light.  We preceeded through customs (it was interesting to see the other people entering Ghana, missionaries, lots [...]

And We’re Off!

3/8/10 Well we are sitting at the O’Hare Delta terminal, awaiting our flight to JFK airport in New York in an hour. It seems surreal that we are just two flights away from Accra, Ghana. We have all been in eager anticipation of this trip for over a year now, counting down the months, the [...]

The final countdown

Sitting in my comfortable suburban home, it seems hard to believe that by tomorrow night (or tuesday morning) I will be walking off a plane onto Africa soil.  It doesn’t seem real that I’m going to be spending the next nine weeks of my life in Ghana and Senegal.  This will be my first time [...]