things I will not miss
I will NOT miss frequent "lights-out" and water shortages.
I will NOT miss how it's common for everyone to just butt in line.
I will NOT miss garbage everywhere.
I will NOT miss open sewage and rainwater gutters beside every road—they're smelly and dangerous!
I will NOT miss DISGUSTING public toilets....or lack of toilets altogether!
I will NOT miss barbed wire everywhere.
I will NOT miss public urination and....defecation.
I will NOT miss ssslllooowww internet connections.
I will NOT miss being worried about robberies on campus and in the city.
I will NOT miss unsafe transportation....all the time.
I will NOT miss lugging around wads of ridiculously small bills (How is it possible that the biggest note equals about $2?!).
I will NOT miss relentless heat. But I will miss palm trees, tropical flowers, the ocean, one sunny day after another...
I will NOT miss being asked for "a dash" or "a cadeau" by everyone. But I will miss receiving dashes and random cadeaux—yay for nice T-shirts and funny sunglasses given to me in Mali by random people! hahaha
I will NOT miss unwanted sexual advances. But I will miss the general friendliness of strangers.
I will NOT miss "Ghana time". But I will miss having "Ghana time" as an excuse for being late.
I will NOT miss all traditional Ghanaian dishes that are loaded with spices. But I will miss eating out at various restaurants across the city often, and fresh fruit.
I will NOT miss no personal space on trotros and shared taxis. But I will miss picking up random, nice people in shared taxis.
I will NOT miss market shopping, bargaining, and forced impulse purchasing. But I will miss market shopping and bargaining.
I will NOT miss handwashing all clothes—and not getting my whites, white. But I will miss getting my laundry washed for me (Charity, my laundry woman and my surrogate-Grandmother, is the BEST!!).
I will NOT miss never understanding the jokes in class, or not understanding the prof in general. Or the lack of in-depth learning in most of my classes. But I will miss easily skipping classes to travel or do fun stuff....
I will NOT miss paying bribes. But I will miss being a celebrity, and enjoying all the perks of being an "obruni".
I will NOT miss those annoying children (even some adults) who yell at you non-stop: "Obruni! OBRUNI!!! Hello, Obruni! Obruni!!". But I will miss yelling "Obruni!" out car windows to other foreigners.