that familiar unfamiliar feeling.

Arriving solo somewhere new is always a humbling experience for me. I am reminded that each place is its own, and I have everything to learn- from how much things should cost to the sound of the languages and accents; from the pace and style of work to the correct amount of the spicy sauce to use (right answer: only a tiny tad).

Every time I find myself in this situation, I am amazed all over again at what incredibly deep knowledge of one’s surroundings and culture it takes to go about one’s business having the slightest clue about how anything works.

So here I go again with a clean slate. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve lived and worked abroad before, Ghana is its own place with its own handshake and traffic patterns and dance moves. It’s time to be comfortable with getting lost and feeling foolish and making mistakes, over and over.

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