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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 in my sixties.
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 in West Africa after I retire. Friends in India are eager for me to move there when I retire, and if all goes well, I will relocate to Rajasthan in a few years.
When not traveling, I live near Washington, DC.
mariemcc303-ghanatravels at yahoo dot com
on Jan. 17, 2011 :
Travels in Ghana is a simple but charming account of a woman's travels in Ghana in 2009. The book is a quick, but interesting read full of interesting characters. The author's driver, Stanley, was especially well described and it was great fun following them across the countryside together. Each chapter dealt with a different phase of the trip and many of the chapters included photographs. Cultural details about life in Ghana were incorporated when necessary and did not detract from the narrative or overwhelm it in any way. Ghana is a country many people would not think to visit on their own. I was interested to learn more about it and really felt like I was right there along with the author on her trip. The book ended with a short chapter on tips for travelers that was a helpful bonus.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2010 :
This travelogue is the next best thing to a trip to Ghana! Through the author's vivid descriptions and photographs, I felt like I was traveling along with her, visiting unique villages and historic sites, participating in cultural events, eating the local foods, meeting colorful characters. Not only did I learn a lot about the history of Ghana, I enjoyed the entertaining anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book. I also appreciated the author's compassion and respect for the people of this country as she traveled along. Travels in Ghana is an extremely well-written and insightful description of life in Ghana -- not to be missed!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 24, 2010 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)