Travels in Ghana [NOOK Book]

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This is a travelogue of a Ghana road trip in 2009. From Accra to the painted village of Sirigu, the people, the adventures and the sights are described. There are insights and explanations of Ghanaian customs, culture, cuisine and daily life. Among the places visited are the slave castle at Elmina, the stilt village of Nzulezu, Mole National Park, Sirigu and an unexpected find at Bolgatanga.

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Overview

This is a travelogue of a Ghana road trip in 2009. From Accra to the painted village of Sirigu, the people, the adventures and the sights are described. There are insights and explanations of Ghanaian customs, culture, cuisine and daily life. Among the places visited are the slave castle at Elmina, the stilt village of Nzulezu, Mole National Park, Sirigu and an unexpected find at Bolgatanga.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011135750
  • Publisher: Marie McCarthy
  • Publication date: 11/13/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,151,218
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Like countless others I'm passionate about travel, capturing images of my travels, and sharing stories of what I've seen and experienced. I enjoy and prefer solo travel, even as I approach my late fifties.


Other interests are foreign languages and intercultural studies. I like to know what the culture in the country that I visit is about. I still make cultural mistakes when I travel, but respect and a smile go a long way to repairing any faux pas I may have made.


I received a Master's Degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies in 1996 and a B.A. in Economics from California State University (Sacramento).


From 1996-98 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. I still keep in touch with friends that I made during that time and have dreams of returning to spend more time there after I retire.


When not traveling, I live near Washington, DC.


mariemcc303-ghanatravels at yahoo dot com

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    hate it

    so racis hate it

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Pleasant and Refreshing Read

    I normally do not read many travel books, not because of my preference to them, but because I want to read so many books that books such as Travels in Ghana by Marie McCarthy are often pushed lower on my to-read list. However, once I got the time to read this particular book, it was very refreshing and a delightful read. Travels in Ghana is the re-telling of Ms. McCarthy's trip to Ghana and all the sights along the way. This book is written very much like a journal would be, and was a pleasant change from the normal books I read. There are also several pictures along the way that help you feel as though you were on the trip with Ms. McCarthy. I personally do not travel much, as I'm not big with the unfamiliar, especially in reference to travels to such places as Ghana. Though if I ever did find myself traveling, I believe I would enjoy going to a place like Ghana. Ms. McCarthy shared with us all the ups, and downs, of the trip and if you are planning on traveling to Ghana, I would definitely read this book. It prepares you for such things as food preferences, ATM usage, and tipping (even though some times it was repetitive) and I feel as though reading it from someone's personal experience is better then reading it in a mass marketed book that is strictly based on statistics. I do know that if I ever were to travel to Ghana, I would come home a much poorer woman as I can envision myself buying several souvenirs, like from the bead shops that are talked about in the book, though most women would probably feel the same way. Even if you aren't planning a trip to Ghana, this book would be a great way to learn about the variety of people the world as to offer and how the things that most people take for granted are only things that some could ever dream of.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    Travels in Ghana by Marie McCarthy gave me the Wandering Woes. *le sigh*

    Storyline: Ms. McCarthy's travelogue of her recent experiences in Ghana is informative as well as entertaining. Travels in Ghana takes us on the 15 day (or thereabouts) trip from one end of the West African country to the other.

    Grammar/Spelling: I didn't notice too much in the way of spelling or grammar issues.

    Character Development: Ms. McCarthy provides quite a bit of insight into the Ghanan lifestyle and the people's outlook on life. Everyone she met was kind, helpful and willing to share part of their world with her.

    Her guide, Stanley, was very capable and really looked out for her throughout the trip. He suggested various areas for her to visit and deftly steered her away from ideas that might not have been such a great idea for her. I'd trust Stanley to guide me on my Ghana adventures!

    Writing Style: The writing style was a little informal for me personally. My suggestion would be that if it's a travelogue written in such a personal manner, it would be better received as a true-to-form journal, complete with date/time entries. Though, if Ms. McCarthy stays with the current approach, she might consider formalizing the language a bit more.

    It seemed to be mildly repetitive at times as she mentioned several times that she didn't particularly like fish. Also, the ending when she was breaking down the cost of a personal driver/car versus public transportation was a bit repetitive. Ms. McCarthy might want to read over that section again and see about streamlining the information.

    Continuity: As this was a timeline based travelogue, if there were issues with continuity, I'd have been very sad. As luck (or talent on Ms. McCarthy's part) would have it, there were none! Yay!

    Overall Rating: 3+

    Travels in Ghana by Marie McCarthy was a fun trip into the jungles of a little nation in West Africa. I learned quite a lot and when I can convince myself that it'd be FUN to be without my (required!) flat iron and AC, I will use her book as another resource in choosing my itinerary.

    I was truly impressed with the kindness and welcome that she received from the local people and how beautiful and rich in culture such a small nation can be! I have to say that my favorite part included some fermented palm wine and drunk bees.

    I'd recommend this to anyone who has the ability to travel or even someone who wants an escape from the day to day routine.

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