Two weeks have passed since I arrived in Accra to take up my field research on patterns of flood risk and adaptive capacity in the Densu Delta. I have spent the time establishing contacts to our partners at University of Ghana and to key organisations, and collecting background information from them. The university’s bookshop offers a number of treasures on social and ecological processes in Ghana, and I have made the first purchases for the WaterPower library. Two heavy rainstorms have already given me an idea of what triggers urban flooding in the rainy season – luckily these pre-seasonal rainfalls were too short to cause any incident. Even when not being new to Accra, the time needed to settle for several months is easily underestimated – learning the web of trotro (local buses‘) routes for instance appears like a never-ending story to me. Nevertheless, I feel now settled, and can’t wait to start interviewing and mapping in and around the Densu Delta. Meanwhile, the WaterPower team in Berlin is constantly growing. I am looking forward to coming to a house full of early career experts on urban water after my research stay.