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Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 13th 2008

Denzil Washington is not a good policeman, indeed he is really quite a nasty piece of work in the film ‘Training Days’. It may therefore seem strange that I have chosen it for the title of this bit of my chronicle. There was certainly nobody unpleasant in any way amongst our seeking of volunteers or the VSO staff brought together for our week long in-country training. No, the reason is in the time frame and the amount that happened in it. One week can seem a terrible long time and to me often does but the week spent at Sunlodge Hotel went very quickly. My notes up to now have been fairly contemporaneous. In fact, I would have been a credit to any police force with the accuracy of my offerings and would have made the ... read more
end result

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 13th 2008

Toad clearly did not see the Land Rover that took us to Cape Coast from Accra. Believe me I am not anti British in any way when it comes to buying goods. My dad spent over forty years in factories making cars, tractors and other vehicles and I was brought up on his wages. It would be churlish of me not to respect the British engineering tradition but really why would anybody buy a Land Rover unless you had to go up ridiculous inclines? I challenge anybody to answer that. We were travelling on a perfectly respectable main road. A few pot holes granted but nothing of any note. Everything shook, it was cramped and uncomfortable with five of us onboard but Frank obviously loved driving it. In truth, I much preferred the Nissan air conditioned ... read more
My Sunday Pint

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 12th 2008

Sunday morning we got to sleep in a little and savor our last few moments of air conditioning and huuuge beds. In the early afternoon we went to a beach resort to spend some time in the ocean before heading back to school. I couldn’t help but think of all those loved ones back in the States, on this sunny, 95 degree day of March 5th… o wait, it’s March. It’s cold where you are, and probably snowing. bummer. lol :-P Anyhow, there were boogie boards at this beach, and the waves were quite strong so instead of jumping them, we took turns using them to ride the waves into the beach. A very very good day. But let me assure you, not all days are good here. We arrived home on Sunday night around 5 ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 12th 2008

Fri. February 29th-Sun. March 2nd: Group trip to Cape Coast Our first group trip paid for by our dues to SUNY was to Cape Coast, which is about an hour or two outside of Legon. Mercy picked us up at 8:30am and we piled all our stuff on to the top of the van. The drive there was really different scenery. For about a third of the drive, the road was bordered by villages of huts made of mud. The walls were completely mud, like they were one with the ground, coming right up out of the dirt. It was exactly like the places you see on tv asking for money to sponsor an elderly person or child. It was very surreal, being that we just drove past them, and couldn’t go up to touch and ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 12th 2008

I know I know it’s been such a long time since I’ve updated. Things have been crazy busy here for various reasons… as you will see, if you keep reading. (Bear with me as this entry will probably be long because it’s been over two weeks since my last update. I apologize if it is not always interesting but I am also using this blog for my own use to remember all the things I do here.) This entry is quite long and I've had it written for a few days now, but the internet won't stay stable long enough to upload it, so I'm splitting it into 3 entries hoping it will work. Mon. February 25th: My 20th bday!!! Started off with Shane waking me up with a big Happy Birthday banner that he put ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 3rd 2008

We (SUNY Brockport program ppl) left Friday morning for Cape Coast, Kakum, and Elimina this weekend. Although it was a relatively short trip, I feel like I got to see a lot- including a blue sky and stars!! (although today in Legon is really blue as well). Cape Coast is about 160 km away from Accra, but on Friday moorning during rush hour it took us almost 4.5 hours to get there. From the van, it was really cool to see the surroundings change from city and dusty to a bit greener with small villages to rainforest to ocean. We arrived at our hotel and realized- umm a/c and a tv as well as a king sized bed for 2ppl... wait, really? Although Eleanore and my a/c did not work, nor did I use the hot ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 1st 2008

Having links with the Regional Minister has been very useful and his Protocol Officer put the word out to Community Leaders and Chiefs about our need for accommodation, and the next day a possibility arose….it seemed “perfect” to us, but we had to wait for negotiations between VSO and the landlord. These have now been successfully concluded and we have just moved into our “own home”. Set just outside the town on top of a hill, we have 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, and verandeh …with sea views (as before) and, mostly, a cooling sea breeze. I am attaching some pictures of the coast around the town, and I’m sure you will agree that it looks like a tropical paradise…but just out of shot is some of the worst poverty and living conditions in the region. You ... read more
self-portrait!
wildlife

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 1st 2008

This was a photo taken by the Leamington Spa Courier before we left UK! It is the only photograph I've got!!! I'll have to start borrowing Gloria's camera soon.... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast February 28th 2008

There was nothing blockbusting about our first night in Ghana. This chapter may well have been called “Midnight at the Oasis” had we actually stayed at the first hotel we were taken to. It was midnight when we got there and indeed there was water by way of a very inviting swimming pool. Alas they were overbooked and without any opportunity to negotiate six of us were whisked off to some non-descript, seen better days, second best establishment. I would like to say that I was tired and that I went straight to sleep. I was not and I did not. Fortunately we were moved back to the Sunlodge Hotel the next day but only after a somewhat bizarre tour around the programme office (the place where the in-country VSO staff work). The tour was well ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast February 28th 2008

Accra airport has no more to recommend it than Heathrow or any other. We felt a sense of relief when all our bags appeared. Neither Gloria nor I permitted ourselves the luxury of panicking but it was a close run thing as we were virtually the last to retrieve our possessions. Now you must understand that I sweat a good deal. I sweat when I walk, I sweat when I talk, I sweat when I eat and for goodness sake I even sweat when I think. So ninety-six percent humidity and a temperature of twenty-six degrees Celsius at eleven o’clock at night are going to present me with a challenge. I did not feel up to the challenge but tried hard to be a man about it. I think I failed. “Hey, Obruni (white man). You ... read more




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