Monday, December 20, 2010

Holidays Away From Home - Thanksgiving in Ghana

Less than a week away from Christmas and so glad to be home. It would be difficult to be away from friends and family at this time, but not impossible, as we found out when we spent Thanksgiving a world away.

The students had found a scenic resort on the Beach Road between Tema and Accra. One of our favorite taxi drivers, Uncle Tee, was glad to stop and show the group around. When everyone got back "home" they excitedly said it was THE place for our Thanksgiving celebration. Sounded good to me. The fact that the Ave Maria Resort also sat on the Prime Meridian was an added incentive. I'd heard about "the rock," the point marking the exact Prime Meridian, and was excited to see it.

Okay, so maybe it wasn't that impressive - but still interesting, and fun.
When you know your meal is not going to be turkey with all the fixings, go to the extreme. The group sampled many dishes during our feast, including shrimp, steak, pizza, and octopus kabobs. And yes, those were delicious! We had also invited new friends to join us, teaching them about our heritage as they were teaching us about their own traditions and celebrations.

Special people create special times. Spending 7 weeks together helps you form a bond, and it was wonderful to share Thanksgiving with our new family in such a beautiful place.

1 comment:

S. Etole said...

You've posted some excellent images of your time there. I'm glad you can be home for Christmas and I hope it is a most blessed one.