Terrible Things in Beautiful Places: A Study Abroad Story

When I visit places with dark histories, I’m always surprised by how beautiful they are — I expect their past to leave a visible stain on the space, but even people who do terrible things want to do them in beautiful places. The slave castle at Elmina is massive, and so white it’s almost blinding […]

Shifting Boundaries in Rural Ghana: A Study Abroad Story

We drove to the village in what can only be described as a party bus. The flashing, multicolored lights and sound system that felt funny and gauche as we left Accra felt like callous opulence in Hehekpoe. Most people in the village didn’t have electricity, and none had running water. The dissonance of our arrival […]

A New Way of Telling Time: A Study Abroad Story

As I was preparing to leave for Accra, I was fending off distressing questions from all sides. Are you going to live in a hut? Will you be able to receive mail? Do they speak English or just their tribal language? As a good student of critical race theory and postcolonialism, I deftly deflected these […]

Sarah Morbitzer: The Adventure Boys

The Adventure Boys (a self-proclaimed band of “mighty hunters”) have been occupied with constructing traps (tin cans, rubber straps, wooden boards), prowling late nights and early mornings through the neighbors’ bushes, and catching rats. The Adventure Boys roam the denizens of my small neighborhood of Sankor, in the town of Winneba, on the coast of […]