On Sunday, we went to our first home-cooked Ghanaian dinner.

Our hosts for Sunday dinner were Esther and Afrane. We had not met these two Colorado State University students until we arrived in Accra. Introduced to us by a former classmate, Esther and Afrane are currently completing the same MBA program where we (Carole & Tim) met. As a program requirement, students must research a potential social enterprise. These two Ghanaians, Esther and Afrane, started an education-based venture and are back in Accra discovering the market opportunity for their business. We were lucky enough to connect with them a few times before they leave back to Fort Collins and not only discuss their MBA experience, but learn more  about Ghanaian customs, traditions, and perfectly-spiced food.

Making unique connections in Ghana, though, seems to be the norm. We met Esther and Afrane here, and hadn’t previously in the U.S. We’ve been to dinner with Tim’s former Seattle boss three times. We’ve had drinks with a former MBA professor. We ate Indian food with a co-worker of former co-worker. We met a University of Denver alum for the first time who, coincidentally, ran the newspaper a few years after Carole started it. Connections are strange, but no need to be a stranger. We appreciate the “random” encounters with those we’ve never met until in West Africa, and we’re learning that personal and professional friends-of-friends-of-friends are valuable.

So keep the connections coming, friends and family.

Though the mountains divide 
And the oceans are wide 
It's a small world after all.

So true, monotonous Disney song. So true.

Everyone needs a silly photo.
8/2/2011 03:10:01 pm

Mollie's little sister is going to study abroad there next spring semester... and Mollie's planning on visiting her when she does. Those kinds of connections? :)

Debbie Wade
8/3/2011 12:22:50 am

Tim - did you know Isaac Harryman is in Malawi for a year? You probably know that Drew was a finalist for a job in Rwanda...there are some connections! Seems quite odd there was potentially 3 Wade cousins (and now acually 2)in Africa at once, although I guess probablity goes down when you take into account the volume of Wade cousins and their intrepid nature.

8/3/2011 04:36:36 am

You two look great!! I think Africa is agreeing w/ both of you!! So glad to see all the connections you are making and will continue to make. As always miss and love you, MOM

8/8/2011 08:51:17 pm

Yes, connections like those. :) It's quite amazing how many people come through Ghana!


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