Ghana

Eating in Ghana: Reinventing Airplane Food

eats and drinks
La Tante DC 10 Restaurant in Accra, Ghana

On my adventures, I’ve eaten countless meals on planes. Typically, they’re TV dinner-like mains with a motley and often incomprehensible assortment of sides. But eating on a plane doesn’t always have to be like this. In December 2013, I had my first meal at a restaurant inside a plane. In Accra, Ghana, along the way […]

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My Almost Dangerous Encounters with Animals Abroad

Bolivia
Me and a crocodile in Bolivia

When you travel, everyone’s constantly warning you about the people you might encounter. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll eventually interact with other species in ways you weren’t expecting; that lush tropical foliage can harbor bugs that are bigger and more fierce than anything you could’ve imagined and in seemingly urban environments, the […]

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Songs for the Road No. 16: Highlife Brings Me Home

Ghana

When you’re the daughter of immigrants and when you move around a lot as a kid, the idea of “home” can be an elusive thing. It’s not necessarily a stationary location. Home is where you create it or maybe a state of mind. But still, your deepest roots can remain in one place. I remember […]

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Fragments and Antiquity Becoming Whole and Current

general travel

An Affinity for the History of Ancient Civilizations When I was in 6th grade, we studied ancient civilizations and I was particularly intrigued by Greece, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. The history of these places indulged my imagination. I remember taking on the more creative humanities projects with fervor. I got into character while creating my idea […]

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Songs for the Road No. 2: West Africa in Southeast Asia

Laos

Laos was my Southeast Asia savior. I am sure I will delve more into that story at a later point, but I’ll just say that traveling through the country of Vietnam was rough and I’d felt less than welcome there. When I crossed the border into Laos, the immediate mellowness and realness of it was […]

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The Art of Squatting: A Guide to Using Squat Toilets

backpacking

I remember the beginning of my first squat toilet experience vividly. I was 17 and visiting Ghana for the first time in 15 years. Ghanaians love formalities, and because we’d been away for so long as a family, there were many welcome home rituals to take care of. A trip to my mom’s home village […]

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