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Published: September 12th 2006
Ventured back to the Volta last weekend. September 9
: Arrived in Tafi Atome, I discovered that the only accomodation in the village was occupied by a small group of Danish volunteers. This initially disheartening revelation soon turned into an opportunity, and a very kind local invited me to stay at her home for the evening! I will not even attempt to spell her name, it was very peculiar, but she was incredibly hospitable and I immediately felt at home in her small place. Before she served supper, I ventured into the village (which was populated by no more than 1,000 people by my estimate) and weaved my way through mud-and-thatch houses, marveling at young boys making kente and old women cooking palm oil. I quickly attracted a flock of young children, who yelled and giggled with excitement whenever I acknowledged their presence, and several curious adults. I eventually decided to take out my camera and ask an older man for permission to photograph the village, and with the little English he spoke, he replied that I was welcome to snap away. Showed the children my camera, and after taking a picture of four in the immediate area, turned to show
them the image on the LCD screen. Caused quite a commotion. The children went wild with excitement and it seemed every young child in the area (some partially clothed, some naked as the day they were born) wanted to strike a pose for the camera. Needless to say, I got some great shots of the children and myself and, when I was satisfied with my pictures, a man volunteered to take me around the village and explain (with broken English, for most people in this town speak only their dialect of the Ewe language) the various activities occuring just beyond the thatched fences and mud walls.
I later returned to my hostess' humble residence to feast on - what else - rice and sauce, at times being interupted by a boom of gunfire. Pushing the frames of her thick black Buddy Holly glasses with her index finger, the woman explained that a village child had been killed by a snake the previous day while walking to school. The people of the village were conducting the service nearby, honoring his life by firing old muskets every hour. September 10
:Watching monkeys swing through the trees near the village this morning.
Some of Monas came within 2-3 feet of me as they searched for food in the village. At around noon, I caught a tro-tro to Hohoe, the second largest "city" in the region (around 90,000) and from there, arranged accomadation before finding another tro-tro headed to Wli falls, on the Ghana-Togo border. After an easy 45 minute hike through dense jungle and over meandering streams, I was greeted with the sight of Ghana's largest waterfall, Wli, which cascaded from a ridge 60 meters above. I was drenched from the cool mist of the falls and from the muggy air of the jungle, but I felt absolutely at peace listening to the waters thunder nearby. Countless fruit bats flying overhead added a cacophonous chirping to the experience.
Heading off to Kumasi and the Northern Region this weekend for my field studies class. Stay tuned.
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