Thursday, January 14, 2010

Moving in

On Sunday we moved into our dorms. It's pretty basic, but totally fine. We sleep with mosquito nets and it is extremely hot. The campus is HUGE. Barnard's campus takes about five minutes to walk from one side to the other; here, it takes possibly an hour in the scalding heat.

Yesterday began registration for classes, which is an incredibly stressful situation. First of all, you must walk from department to department and wait in line and write your name on the list. The lines can take forever and you need to just wait. But meanwhile, as you wait in line to sign up, you don't know the times of the classes so you could be signing up for conflicting class times. There's no way to know beforehand. Also, there are finals on Saturdays and they make absolutely no exceptions. Seventh Day Adventists sued the university over this a few years ago and lost. A preliminary schedule will come out in a couple weeks when I can still drop and add so I will have to chose my classes based on that. There are many more complications with choosing classes, so the end result is a big headache.

Yesterday night I had quite an exciting evening. I came to Ghana thinking I would have extremely little food. I was a little unsure how I would survive. But my friends and I ventured to the "western supermarket" and found TONS of kosher food. It was truly unbelievable. We were ecstatic. They had everything from yeast, to pasta, to soy milk, to cereal and much more. There is even cream cheese!!! Then, we made our first supper. We had omelets and yams and oranges. It was the best meal I have had in over a week.


  1. Great. we can go to stop & shop & return the tuna in a pouch which looked oh so yummy. I would say that Rivkie (left) is the only one of you 3 (Zehava is on the right) who actually looks like she is enjoying the food. For a future post...are there differences between shopping in a market there versus here?
    Is that grapefruit & cottage cheese or what exactly are you trying to eat? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. In ancient days when I was in college, we too had to stand in line and sign a sheet to register for classes!

    Keep these posts coming and Shabbat Shalom!

  3. That sounds very stressful. I'm glad you found kosher food and it looks like you're having lots of fun! Keep posting pictures!!

  4. when I was in Ecuador I slept under a mosquito net. I found it comforting somehow. I guess it was the canopy bed I never had!
    Glad you found the kosher food. And hope the classes work out.

  5. reminds me of signing up for classes at hebrew u...have a great trip. --Emily

  6. It reminds me of signing up for classes at Hebrew University in ancient times (the '70's). The mosquito net looks cozy. Eddie