Okay, technically, like 16 days? But I am getting so, so excited! And stressed. So what's on the American to-do list? Here are a few ideas, and feel free to post other ideas for the complete American experience!
Hanging with friends and family, priority number one
Eat: burgers, tacos, COFFEE, french fries, BBQ (Stamey's here I come), Mom's spaghetti, Dad's everything else (Love you guys!), soul food, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and lots and lots of SALADS (I anticipate leaving about 15 pounds heavier, but oh well)
Going to the movies
Going to the parks in Greensboro
Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway
Canoe down a river in the mountains
Watching trashy TV
Going to many bookstores
Going to a show or two
So, yeah, I think that about covers it. Update in Africa? Last weekend, I went to my first Ghanaian engagement ceremony. I had kind of hoped that the stereotypes were just that, but unfortunately there was some truth to them, in this case. The guy was old and rich and the girl was young and beautiful. Apparently, to marry, a man has to have a ton of stuff to give to the bride-to-be's family. We're talking, money for several family members, not just parents, cloth, booze, palm wine in the gallons, kente, beads, appliances, and more. I definitely saw an affluent engagement ceremony. But, usually this ceremony is what deters men from marrying at a young age. They have to earn enough to be accepted by the bride's family.
It was definitely different than our dating/engagement rituals. And I'll be honest, I still have a hard time grasping the mating rituals in this country. But it was kind of cool that they still have these traditions. And some parts of the ceremony were entertaining.
Today, I am avoiding the village and hanging out with a friend in Hohoe. There is a funeral this weekend. And it can get a little crazy. Especially since this one is at my house.
I am getting really excited, and I look forward to seeing all of y'all!