Over the past few months, many of you have inquired about some of the basics of my daily life in Ghana. Specifically, what I eat, how I get to work in the morning, or what the EWEC office environment looks like. In an attempt to give you a glimpse of my daily life, I’ve put together a short clip on my morning commute to work. As many of you know, my commute varies day-to-day and can consist of taking a taxi, a Tro Tro, walking or even all three means of transport.
This particular video will take you from my apartment in Osu to the EWEC office in Labadi. To give you an idea, a commute by taxi takes about 15 minutes while a commute in Tro Tro and taxi takes about 50 minutes. Fortunately, I live fairly close to the EWEC office and I do not face the 1-2 hour commute that most Ghanaians face each morning and afternoon. You’ll notice as I drive through the Labone neighborhood, the roads are wide, empty and lined with greenery. Living in such a central location is not feasible for the majority of Ghanaians.
As I mentioned in my previous post concerning Ghanaian Time, conducting business can be quite difficult when travel times are long and unreliable. A developing country faces a multitude of social, political and economical issues and like most businesses in Ghana, EWEC is often hurt by a lack of solid infrastructure here.
As Ghanaians like to say, however, “small, small” or one little step at a time. It’s a phrase I hear often and I believe it accurately depicts the determination of Ghanaians to push forward despite the many obstacles they are challenged by daily. I plan to devote an entire blog to the saying, actually, so keep your eye out for it!
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy a small taste of what my eyes see each morning on my way to work.
Thanks for reading and watching!
Posted By Josanna Lewin
Posted Jul 15th, 2010