Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

Sorry for not posting yesterday, the Internet connection at the hotel was off. Yesterday was also a very special day for Ghanaians, the day that the results of the election runoff were going to be announced. After visiting the DuBois Center, we were planning to head downtown for a tour, but had to redirect ourselves towards the outskirts due to the hectic traffic related to the elections. At the end of the day, it turned out that the presidential winner will be announced this coming Friday instead: one of the voting sections will have to re-cast their vote, and Ghanaians will have to wait for that to happen before they get to know the name of their president. Everybody is here is so excited and waiting for CHANGE.

Today, most of us went to the National Cultural Center, a fairground where to find arts and crafts for purchase... We had a chance to train our bargaining skills, and most of us scored decently well... Tonight we'll welcome the new year at a club called "Next Door" on the ocean. Happy New Year to all the parents and friends in the US from all of us!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Our second day in Accra...

Lehigh's GC Program is flourishing here in Accra! Today we had two very interesting lectures by two faculty members from the University of Ghana. Prof. Baku gave us a very knowledgeable overview of the history of Ghana from the slave trade until independence (1957) and beyond, while Prof. Jonah talked about the politics of economic decolonization and Ghana's polical and economic prospects for the future. In between the two lectures, we had time to pay a visit to one of the most notable Ghanian monuments in Accra, the Mausoleum dedicated to the founder of independent Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.

All the students are fine, an it is such a pleasure to see their enthusiasm and observe them posing interesting questions to our guest speakers!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hello, all! We have arrived safely to Accra, but it took us longer than scheduled! Our flight was delayed six hours, actually: first the crew thought that the problem to our aircraft could be fixed by changing an electronic box, but that did not work and hence we had to switch plane. All said and done, the flight went very well, though, and we are already enjoying the city! Most of the students are swimming in the hotel pool right now... and they say "Hi!"!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The countdown is starting... Remember to start your malaria drugs treatment (e.g., if you have been prescribed Malarone, you'll have to start 2 days before departure...)!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Welcome to the Lehigh in Ghana Blog 2008! Please keep watch here for information about the Ghana trip -- leaving December 27th, 2008 and returning January 11th, 2009.