September 20

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I arrived in Ghana!

And this has been exactly the type of rollercoaster we heard about in the preparation phase for our PULSE journey….On my way to Ghana my luggage got lost and I had to learn to watch out when it comes to money. But I also got to know the incredible welcoming and supportive side of the country. Now I understand more than ever how valuable a strong support network is especially when you come to a developing country where you depend on the help of others. The Marie Stopes Ghana office, GSK and the family of the owner of my new apartment helped me to sort out my Ghana “starter” problems, organized a perfect apartment, took me again to the airport to get my luggage, brought me to the supermarket and today we went to the Lambadi beach to have some drinks and watch the typical Ghana dance!!

After one day I can now say that I finally arrived in Ghana. I know that this is just the beginning of my Ghana rollercoaster journey and there will be much on my way that I will learn. But my start here gives me a feeling that this might really become the life changing experience I was searching for. Ghana is different to other parts of the world I´ve seen so far and it seems to be a country of contrasts. Most of the city of Accra looks quite poor and in between are some nice apartment buildings or shops. I have never seen such a big contrast between poverty and modernity in the same district. I saw women carrying her belongings on their head and the baby on the back while begging for money and across the street a nice shopping centre. I also saw corruptive policemen stopping cars to get money and on the other side I met the friendliest and most welcoming people here.

I am looking forward to discovering Ghana further and maybe in three months I feel like what is written on the soccer world cup T-shirt my friend gave me before my departure from Germany: I´m from Ghana!!

Here some pictures of my new home :

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