Living my best life in Aburi, Ghana

Greetings! I’m back after a small writing break. It’s been a busy couple of months saying goodbye to South Africa after 14 years and relocating back home. Ok, I haven’t moved home exactly but it’s close enough. I will be living and working in Cote D’Ivoire but with frequent travel to my home country Ghana (only 1 hour flight/8 hour drive).

Luckily, I get to spend most of July and August in Ghana and the best part is, I get to live in the house I’ve been building at snail pace since 2013 and on land that I bought back in 2008. It feels like a dream. In fact, my new life in many ways reflects two of my past blogs: one on my dream house and another on a living a life of natural abundance.

In this blog, I am so so proud to share some photos of my house (even if incomplete). It is located in a mountainous region in the most beautiful part of Ghana. Aburi is known for its cool climate and captivating landscape. It’s home to the botanical gardens and increasingly is becoming an ecotourism destination complete with hiking trails and mountain biking. And it’s 45-60 minutes away from Accra.

In the last three weeks, I have lived as close as possible to my “fantasy” of “natural abundance”. We partially live off grid and grow a range of fruits and vegetables. My three year old loves the outdoors, chasing lizards, playing in his makeshift sandpit, kicking a ball in the garden and going for walks with me. We don’t have any furniture at the moment aside from the basic necessities (and a TV because I’d die) but we couldn’t be happier.

I see myself settling there one day, making chocolate, perhaps doing some teaching at a nearby university (see my blog on this university), writing children’s books… it’s a long list. But until then, I’ve got a new exciting job which I’ll speak about in a future blog.

Peace and love 💕