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Last day in Cape Coast

Our bags are packed, did last minute souvenir-shopping, started saying our goodbyes, and most of us are hanging out in the guesthouse while a couple folks are in Oasis one last time.  In the morning we depart Cape Coast for Accra and then depart … [Read more]

A Boy and His Goat

The fundamental purpose, and overarching theme, of my time here in Ghana has been to experience life as any anthropologist would wish when traveling abroad: To acculturate myself as quickly as possible. I felt that I had done so up to this point; … [Read more]

Beauty in Unexpected Places

"There's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows … [Read more]

SARD graduation and performance

Today our students sang, drummed, and danced in front of invited guests and friends at Fairhill Main, another guesthouse nearby that is also owned by Auntie Ann.  They were fabulous and as far as I could tell, they had fun while performing. Natalia … [Read more]

Going out with friends

  Above is a group of folks ready for a night out in Cape Coast.  A few unfamiliar faces in the photo to our readers are two School of African Rhythm and Dance instructors, our program assistant, and a guesthouse staff member who have become … [Read more]

A Different Kind of Hungry

I am having one of those moments where there are so many thoughts and things I want to say that I am kind of at loss for words. In fact, I've been having a lot of those moments since arriving in Ghana. Since we have not done anything particularly new … [Read more]

Proposing Like a Boss

For some reason people seem to really like me here. Between friends requests, desires to be my "special friend", and marriage proposals I get a little overwhelmed. My marriage proposal total is at 4 right now. Thankfully, polyandry is not my thing. I … [Read more]

Language Barriers

Yesterday, during SARD practice, I found myself deeply engaged in a conversation that had been going on for some time, not even realizing that this whole conversation I had been signing. I remember back to the first few SARD practices I would either … [Read more]

The Power of Dance

     We are in the process of preparing for our final performance. We have learned the Gota and Bombaya and will perform the dances along with songs and drumming on Saturday. Today we had SARD. We have gotten pretty good I am always impressed with … [Read more]

I’m impressed!

On Friday I visited Cape Deaf while the students had SARD lessons and I was thoroughly impressed by the students.  I had seen them one other time during their first lesson a month ago. They sing! They drum! They dance!  And they dance really well and … [Read more]