Monthly Archives: January 2012


One of the best parts about joining the Peace Corps is all of the stuff you get to buy that makes it easier to “survive” in Ghana. I’ve decided to do most of my shopping on the Internet, because most online retailers (Amazon) have no sales tax and offer free shipping. With the amount of packages I’ve been getting in the mail, it’s been feeling like Christmas everyday. Here are some of the packages I’ve received in the last couple days alone!

Some of the “essentials” that I’ve recently received are Chacos, running shoes (New Balance Minimus!), hiking pants (the ones that zip off into shorts), and a headlamp. As you can surmise from my list, so far I’ve gone for practicality over style. When it’s 115° F outside I don’t think I will care what I look like!

I’m allowed bring 2 checked bags with me to Ghana that don’t exceed a combined 80 lbs. I plan on weighing in way under that limit, because it’s much easier to travel with lighter luggage. When I stop procrastinating and actually start packing I hope to post my full packing list.

On another note, I’ve embarked on what I’ve dubbed my Last Meal Tour. The first stop today was at Phil’s BBQ for lunch. I’m hoping to hit up In-N-Out, Jorge’s, Rico’s, and more along the way. I want to cover all of the classics I grew up on.


One Month Till Takeoff

I booked my plane ticket today. The plan is to fly to Philadelphia on February 5th (Super Bowl Sunday!), attend staging/orientation the next day, bus over to NY, then fly over to Ghana! Since I’m flying to Philly from the west coast I had no choice but to fly over on Sunday, the day before staging starts. Unfortunately, this will mean that I will most likely miss the Super Bowl.

So far the only bad thing about going to Ghana is that it sounds similar to so many other countries…I’m constantly reminding people that I’m going to Ghana, not Gambia, Grenada, or Guinea. In fact, when I called to book my plane ticket the lady on the phone wanted to send me to Guyana’s staging event, which takes place the week before Ghana’s.