Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ghanaians Love Celine Dion

Seriously. I never expected the soundtrack to my time in Ghana to be "My Heart Will Go On" (the theme from Titanic) but there you go. I was in an Internet cafe the other day when the proprietor started playing it and a bunch of young Ghanaian guys started singing along. Like a lot of my experiences here, it was both totally awesome and completely unexpected. Things like this happen a lot.

I've been trying to think of how best to describe my life in Ghana, and the hopelessness of taking on that task is immediately overwhelming. It's not just Ghana, it's Africa. It's not just Africa, it's the absence of everything familiar. And it's not just the absence of everything familiar, it's the replacement of all those familiar references with a panoply of colors, images, languages, and people.

Which is my way of saying "I'm working on it, give me some time to process."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Near. Far. Wherever you are, I believe that the heart will gooooo...... onnnnnnn!"
-R.H.

Anonymous said...

Your second paragraph reminded me of a set of nesting Russian dolls, Sam. Nice prose!

-Dad