Marie McCarthy


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

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Bread From the Sky
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,460. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
How many cat heads do you have to eat before you acquire the characteristics of a cat? Why do you hang a snail shell in a tree? How do you get a curse removed? And who buried a gri-gri in the yard? These and other questions are answered in Bread From the Sky, a Peace Corps memoir.
Travels in Ghana
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,890. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
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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Smashwords book reviews by Marie McCarthy

  • Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools on Aug. 07, 2010

    The story is engaging and beautifully drawn in a very down-to-earth, refreshing style. This is exactly the kind of tale that captivates me and feeds my interest both in travel and cross cultural issues. I read it in one greedy gulp over two days and hated to see it end. The good news is that the author is planning a sequel! The one thing I found a bit jarring was the insertion of recipes at the end of nearly every chapter. They were always something that had been eaten during the course of the story, but without a lead-in of any kind and my extreme lack of interest in cooking, I felt they unnecessarily interrupted the flow of the story. If the author had provided a bit of a backstory on her interest in cuisine, it would have made a better tie-in. Better still if the recipes were all put at the end of the book. It would have been nice if there had been a book cover image at the beginning. I give it 4.5 out of 5.