|Accra with high school pal, Victoria|
We returned last week from a quick trip to Ghana for a little R&R and had a blast. All African countries are not the same. Ghana = futuristic. I suppose it is relative to living in Mali, but it sure seemed as if we went fast-forward into the future as we drove toward Accra. We went the budget route, and took a non-airconditioned 45-hour bus through Burkina Faso to Accra, Ghana complete with pitching a tent and camping on the Burkina/Ghana border waiting for the border to open for the day. We stayed in Accra for a few days, ate ice cream and sea food, went to a great concert, and visited a friend of mine from high school in Lincoln, NE who is now working in Accra. Following Accra we went down the coast to Cape Coast to spend 5 days at the beach. Cape Coast has a rich and tragic history of colonization and being a slave trade hub, so we managed to squeeze in a slave castle tour. I do not think we will take a 45 hour bus again, but would definitely recommend Ghana as a destination.
Bands from the concert:
Blitz the Ambassador http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Les Nubians http://www.youtube.com/watch?
|Alliance Français in Accra (outdoor concert venue)|
|Rainforest in Kakum Natl. Park|
|Canopy walk above the rainforest|
|Dutch slave castle in Elmina|
|West Indies Trading Co. logo|
|Tiny room for starving misbehaving slaves to death|
|Anna (way too happy about all this)|
|3,000,000 slaves passed through this small doorway, now covered with iron bars, over the span of 300 years onto boats headed to America, the Caribbean, and Indonesia|
|Boat building seen from the ramparts of the castle|
|Bridge over the castle moat|