Blogs from Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana, Africa - page 46


Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra April 17th 2005

Hello my friends! I hope this finds you well. I hope you got the chance to glance at my special McGill update! Because it was pretty technical, and because the idea I specifically wanted to share with you in this issue is not very exciting, I will first try and entertain you with some fun thoughts about my life here. If you want more fun stories or details about my work, which has not changed very much since last time, refer to the French section! First, on Easter weekend, I had the opportunity of visiting the castle of Cape Coast. It used to be one of the most important English fortresses during the slave trade with the Americas. Tens -if not hundreds- of thousands of Africans have gone through this fort, in the worst conditions possible. ... read more
Outside Cape Coast Castle
Some Drummin'
Some Dancin'

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra March 26th 2005

I've been taking it easy for the past week, spending a lot of time in Accra, with trips to Lake Volta and Kokrobite. Lake Volta is the largest man made lake in the world, the lake was created when the hydroelectric dam was built in the first years of independence, under the government of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana and independence leader. The lake and the scenery around it are spectacular. The rainy season seems to have started early. That doesn't mean it's been raining all the time, but there has been a lot of heavy rain. Parts of Accra have suffered from flooding as a result. This is not helped by the fact that many of the streets that have flooded are low lying, with no drains by the side of the ... read more
Aylo's Bay
Aylo's Bay

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra March 2nd 2005

So, for those of you who can't read the French part, well everything is going quite well, despite a bit of culture shock. I have made some great friends, in the names of Seth and Augustin, 2 co-workers and Gilbert, a room-mate who studies at the Ghana Polytechnique. So about this culture shock! Well the truth is that the 4 weeks before my arrival in Ghana (between the Philippines, Indonesia, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal), I was living at about twice my normal rate, and that life in Ghana is about a fourth of my normal rate... so that was quite the drop! It was also quite the change from the Philippines in that first, it is a drop 40 positions down the Human Development Index and second, all of my usual references and resources where gone. ... read more
The school and wind turbine
Wind turbine cleaning

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra February 27th 2005

Bonjour la maison! Tant de choses depuis que je suis arrive, je vais donc essaye de vous en donner les meilleurs moments! D'abord, IL FAIT CHAUD! Il fait vraiment chaud! Je suis habitue a travaille dans "les pays chauds", mais la, c'est imbattable... et je ne suis meme pas encore rendu dans le desert (je devrai sans doute passer une bonne partie de la prochaine annee). La bonne nouvelle, c'est que le matin, de meme que le midi, je fitre les 5 litres qu'il me faudra pour la demie-journee... (merci Etienne!) Ensuite, la nourriture. C'est vraiment bon, et diversifie. Je mange du magnoc, du riz, de la "cassava", des feves, avec un peu de tomates (cheres), des oeufs et beaucoup de bananes! Mais l'ingredient de choix, c'est l'huile! TOUT ce que l'on mange beigne dans cette ... read more
Ma chambre
Mon ami Gilbert

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra January 15th 2003

Burkina Faso is a pretty small country and we didn't get to see a lot of it. We headed south from Ouaga through some national park (didn't see any wildlife except the usual ant and mossies) to the Ghana border. Again this was a quick crossing. Initially the border guys wanted to see us individually with our passports, but when 23 of us showed up outside his rather cramped office, he changed his mind! For those following on maps, the nearest big town is Bolga something. Ghana again appeared different from BF pretty quickly. More trees, friendlier people, the kids would jump up and down shouting and waving at us as we drove by, things unbelievably got even cheaper, and best of all, the official language is English - we could understand people and signs again! ... read more
Shower time
Bryan and Colin buying bread
Kakum National Park

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra November 1st 1999

One week visit to Accra, teaching and installing. Last person to stay in the hotel before the Queen popped over and stayed in the same hotel. Customs was interesting.... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra August 1st 1968

From Abidjan our next and last stop in West Africa was Accra. Our Air Mali flight touched down in Accra in mid-morning. As was the custom on so many of Valene's tours, we would spend but a day in Accra. Clearing customs at Accra Airport, the British influence was noticeable in the uniforms and demeanor of the officials. Ghana had been independent for only 11 years in 1968. The Cold War contest for Africa was evidenced by the Air Mali Ilyushin 18 turboprop on which we had arrived. A series of taxis proceeded to take our group around the city. Sightseeing of the city focused on the modern structures put in place since independence. Stops were made at Independence Square with the Black Star Arch and at African Unity Circle to view the African Unity Monument. ... read more
African Unity Monument
Accra Airport

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