Ghana… Or Bust?

This news is coming completely out of the blue, and might surprise some of you. I’ve wanted to go abroad again for awhile now (I went to Spain for 2 weeks in 2005). A few weeks ago, it dawned on me that this might be a good time to do it, since I don’t currently have a job. I have been looking and applying for jobs, but once I get one, that pretty much guarantees I won’t be going anywhere – I don’t think most employers would be cool with a relatively new employee (or any employee for that matter) leaving the country for a month or so. Anyway, I was talking to a friend of mine who was planning to go to Ghana to do some volunteer/teaching work. I told her how I had been thinking of going somewhere as well, and she jokingly said I should come with her. I laughed it off at first – I can think of a lot of places I’d rather go than Ghana. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this might be just what I need right now: To go somewhere most people will never go and help other people with their problems. I don’t have delusions that I’d be making a huge impact or anything like that, but I think it has potential to be a great, eye-opening experience. A vacation is… Well, just a vacation. But to be torn from your comfort zone like this and be totally immersed in a new (and possibly uncomfortable) environment and culture could really be a life changing experience. I talked it over with my parents, and at first they weren’t too happy about it. An intern at my dad’s office is from Togo (which is just East of Ghana) and has an uncle in parliament over there. My dad talked to this guy and now seems much more comfortable with the idea. And honestly, the more I read about Ghana, the more excited I am to actually get over there. Anyway, I got my plane tickets and everything, and I’m leaving on November 11th. I’ll be there for 1 month… If you don’t have a calculator handy, that means I’ll be back December 11th. Which means I’ll be there during my birthday. I’m not too happy about that, but I guess it’s not a big deal. After 21, birthdays are almost a bit depressing anyway. It does kind of suck to think that my next birthday in the US will be when I turn 25 (ugh) but I’m just trying not to worry about it too much. Geez… Didn’t I start this site when I was like 16?

Getting back on topic here… If someone had told me a month ago that I’d be going to Africa, I probably would have laughed and made some questionable jokes. It wasn’t until I saw this video that I decided I absolutely had to go. Anyway, at the very least I hope to bring back some malaria and/or yellow fever to share with my friends and family. I guess I’ll just worry about getting a job when I get back. You’re only young once, right? I’m sure I’ll be posting more about this trip as my departure date gets closer.

This article actually made me laugh out loud, as soon as I saw the headline. That’s not to say that it isn’t true, in fact it’s very likely that it is true – although someone who is attractive to one person may be hideous to the next. Either way, it’s funny stuff.

Now, if al Qaeda would just quit starting all these fires in California, everything would be fine… I heard they were the ones behind the evil, awful, horrible OiNK tracker too. Thank god the IFPI took care of that. Now that OiNK is gone, all I have left is this thing

This past week has gone by pretty damn slow. I ran 10.5 miles on Monday (I usually run about half that distance) and I did something to my knee, so I haven’t been able to run or do much else as far as physical activity goes… So that sucks. I’m heading to Shippensburg this weekend for my first homecoming as an alumni, so that should be pretty fun. Have a good weekend everybody.

3 Responses to Ghana… Or Bust?

  1. J-A
    October 26, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I think this is a really great idea, man. Best of luck out there. Make a difference etc etc.

    One question though – what tf are we all supposed to do here if you won’t be posting??

  2. David
    October 26, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    J-A makes a damn good point! but…as long as your fulfilling your needs i think we can all wait…

  3. roadie
    October 27, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    I’ll gladly take over while you are out John =)


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