July 6, 2014
Where the river meets the sea…that’s Ada Foah. My first weekend trip was quite interesting. A friend of ours has a place on Ada Foah, which is an island between the Volta River and the ocean. Some of the volunteers stayed at Amos’s house, and the rest of us stayed at a hotel with huts on the beach. We were celebrating a volunteer’s birthday, which was on Saturday. Those of us staying at the hotel had to take a boat back and forth, which for someone like me who likes boats and water was fun. However, that wasn’t the case for everyone. I was glad that there were 4 other Americans with me on Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. We had fun telling everyone what we do to celebrate our Independence Day. (Ghana’s Independence Day is March 6th
.) Amos kept us well fed over the weekend. CK, who’s from Malaysia, did all if the grilling. He is a great chef! On Saturday he even grilled breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The most striking thing about the weekend was when I took a walk between Amos’s house and the hotel. The difference
between the rich neighborhood, where Amos’s place was, and the fishing villages was incredible. I just wish that I had had my camera with me. The thing that surprised me the most was how immediate the contrast occurred. The rich houses stopped there was a fence and then there were huts made of palm branches and bricks. The buildings were in obvious need of repair while the people were dressed in ratty clothing and clearly needed more food. There were also piles of shells all over the place. I asked Jamal about it and he said that they make a powder to put on their faces to make them lighter.
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