This was the group’s first breakfast in Ghana. We were taken to this small catering place/restaurant on campus
that seemed pretty hidden away, but I was told locals know where it is. Meals were served buffet style and breakfast included: Oatmeal with optional milk, omelet, vegetables with sausage, bread, juices, coffee & tea. That turned out to be the standard offerings with a little variation here and there.
After breakfast, the little bus took us to the International Programs Office, where the students were shown the USAC office and the first orientation session was held by Abby. She covered topics from classes to cultural tips to safety.
Lunch and dinner were also in a group at the same place as breakfast and included some combination of rice with veggies (yay!), Yolof: fried rice in chicken broth I think, vegetables & vegetables with meat, potatoes/French fries.
In the afternoon, we took the bus to the Accra Mall, which is really only a 5-10 minute drive away, but traffic was so bad getting off the main road and into the mall, it took us much longer. And while the temperatures have been fairly chilly compared to what most of us would have expected, it was sunny at the time and got quite uncomfortably hot in our little bus without air conditioning where only a few windows opened up.
Needless to say, we were relieved to see the mall was air conditioned! We split into groups, each lead by one of the Ghanaian buddies, and the students’ first stop was the “ATM Hall,” which is literally a collection of 8 or 10 ATMs from various banks all together. There is also a currency exchange there. A lot of students ended up buying things for their dorm room in the Target-type store called Game: pillows, pots for cooking, buckets to do laundry, etc. There is also a larger supermarket in the mall, a Shoprite. It carries just about anything one would want: groceries, body products, even clothing, luggage, and toys. A pharmacy is also there, as well as a movie theater and a food court with options such as fast food chicken and pizza. The clothing shops were all Western style except for 3 that I found with more traditional clothing. The consensus among the students was that it’s nice to have this mall nearby for things they may need.
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