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Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua November 30th 2017

Durant ces dernières semaines la charge de travail a été bien plus faible que d'habitude, la faute au paludisme qui a mis a plat un de nos hôtes. Comme nous nous sentions bien seul sur ce chantier vide nous en avons profité pour nous balader dans les alentours. Nous avons tenté une petite excursion vers la ville de Princess Town pour visiter son fort allemand (puis néerlandais et enfin anglais). les infos détaillées sur Wikipedia sont meilleures que le résumé que nous pourrions vous faire mais globalement il s'agissait d'or et d'esclaves... Mais la vraie histoire c'est surtout le transport, 1h30 de 'trotro' blindé (le jeu de mots n'est pas fait exprès) après avoir attendu 1h à la station de départ. Puis arrivé sur place une demi-heure pour faire le tour (avec un guide présse qui ... read more
Butre
The view from Butre hills
Axim

Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua November 22nd 2017

Now that we've been in Ghana for a whole two weeks, it's time for a culinary update. As you all know, we both love eating and we've been trying out loads of new and interesting dishes since we've arrived ! Here in Busua it's very easy to find food, in the restaurants the food is prepared there and then and usually takes about an hour to arrive so if you're starving it's best to try out food stalls in the street that have large quantities of rice, beans and plantain ready to go. Food is available all throughout the day and there are always a few ladies selling round doughnuts (Abdel's favourite breakfast), savoury pastries filled with beans, grilled or fried fish, bananas, pineapples, coconuts, mangoes and oranges (that's all we've tasted so far and it's ... read more
Chicken salad, they like their baked beans here !
Chilling out with a bean-filled pastry
A huge serving of beans and rice from the street

Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua November 18th 2017

After some migraines and 'funny tummies' this week we've realised that when we're feeling unwell we miss some of the home comforts ! Our living arrangements are pretty nice, right on the beach but it's basic and we've come to find that things like not having clean running water or consistent electricity can seem like a bigger deal when feeling a bit rough. Things like having to go outside to the toilet with a headlight (it gets dark around 6 here), carry a bucket of water to flush and another small bucket to wash your hands...or going outside to shower, again with a lamp and buckets of cold water. Especially in the middle of a tropical rainstorm ! Having some alone time is next to impossible here, there are neighbours and kids from the village on ... read more
Our (handwashed) clothes
Views from today's walk
Sunset on the beach

Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua November 16th 2017

Our trip isn't all about surfing, swimming and checking out the nearby hospitals... The main reason we're here in Busua is to help Peter & Julia with the eco lodge they're building (http://www.ahantawaves.com/eco-surf-house/). For the moment there are the walls, the roof, some of the electrics and plumbing and since the day before yesterday, 4 solar panels. There's a whole team that's motivated (for the most part) to get the work done and we try to keep ourselves busy with one or two jobs a day. So far we've sanded the floors in one of the bedrooms, filled in the floorboard joints upstairs with a mix of sawdust and glue, brushed down earthen walls and tried our hand at plastering (or rather clay + sand that has to be hand-sieved !). Here are some pictures to ... read more
Filling in between the floorboards
Plastering
Brushing the walls in one of the downstairs bedrooms

Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua November 14th 2017

Our first home together is a cabin on the beach with no running water and it's very nearly perfect ! We moved in on Sunday and were supposed to got to Princess town for the day with our hosts Julia & Peter but Olivia was sick (something like sinusitis with a fever somehow) so we stayed put and Abdel spent the morning surfing. Lobster red Abdel entered our new home to take off his t-shirt to put on some cream and forgot about the low hanging ceiling fan... The rest of the story is blood and panic as we (mostly Olivia) ran around trying to find out where to go. Luckily our new landlord was nearby to help us out. After a walk through the village to find the pharmacist, we ended up in a small ... read more
Relaxing on the porch

Africa » Ghana » Western » Busua June 15th 2011

I think it is fair to say that I have had one of the weirdest, yet probably my favourite, weekend to date. This weekend, Me, Louise, Tom, Alice and Baptiste all traveled together, for the first time, down to Busua (a little coastal town,) and also to Nzulezo, a village on stilts above a lake a few hours from Busua. We all met in Kumasi to get a tro to Takoradi on the Friday, before going on to Beyin where we would stay the night and use as a springboard for Nzulezo the next day. However, the cost of 12 Cedi was considered a tad expensive for the tro and it was decided that we should get the Metro Mass instead. It wasn't worth it, not for 5 Cedi anyway. We waited from 7am until 12:30pm ... read more




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