We’re in Ghana! This is exciting. This is day 2, and I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to sit down and write this post. So much has happened over the last few days, so I’m going to try to wrap it all into here without getting into overkill. Unfortunately I didn't get too many pictures because my camera was stashed in my bag, but I will get some cool ones up soon! By the way, this is long, and not necessarily insightful. Hopefully those posts will be created once my brain recovers a bit!
It was June 2nd and I had finished saying goodbye to my family. Their support has been so beautiful, and it was definitely hard to part ways. But it didn’t take long for me to perk up once I met up with my new homies. We had a great time on the flight over, drinking multiple mini bottles of wine. They kept teasing me for charming the flight crew, because after a while they started upgrading us to first class wine, and they even gave me some first class cheese ravioli….so delicious. The Air Canada flight over was great, but the Air Lufthansa flight was not so good. We were all drunk/hungover, and super tired, and so we crashed, but sleeping on a plane is tough, unless you’re Kelly. That flight seemed to take forever, but eventually we flew over Accra, and mind blown. It was 7pm at night, and at the equator it gets dark pretty early. From the plane all I could see was a sea of lights sprawling across the landscape. It was way more developed then I thought it would be! We got off the plane, went through customs, and got swarmed by people looking to help us out. After packing the bags, I was barraged by 3 guys asking for money, telling me to give them 20 USD….which is a shit ton of money here. I gave them the 5 CAD I had in my wallet, and we were off!
Driving through Accra was crazy. I was excited and terrified at the same time. So many people were out at their local stalls selling food, or clothes…whatever. Lots of interesting looks at the brunies (white people) driving through town. The drive took forever, going through all these tiny streets….and drivers here are CRAZY aggressive. They are all super nice people, and there’s no road rage, but people will do whatever they can do get through traffic. We arrived at the hotel, and made our way to the bar. It was pretty expensive compared to smaller towns, but even then beers were 5 cedi….about $2.50 CAD for a 700ml bottle of delicious brew. We had some ichiban and fried eggs, and then headed back to our hotel for the night.
Fast forward to our next day, and we are heading to Accra mall. This place is super westernized, with it’s own Mac store and car draws in the aisles. There’s definitely a wealthy class here, especially around the airport where there are tons of mansions surrounded by walls with broken glass, barbed wire, or nails placed on top for security. It wasn’t until we hitched a ride with the field school and started our trek towards Kumasi that I realized that there is a huge wealth gap here. Driving along the highway all we saw were a continuous line of broken down stalls and people selling goods to passing cars. We also saw tons of beautiful vegetation, thanks to the tropical climate in the south. It really is a beautiful country, aside from a lot of the garbage strewn across the villages
We were on the bus for a long time, probably 6 hours, and it was toasty! We got into Kumasi at 8pm, and hung out at the bar here. Cue best bonding session with friends and my new teammates. We had a rowdy night, and Sean and I made it rain at the Casino. Great times. Now we’re waiting around the hotel waiting to figure out exactly what’s happening with travel, but super stoked to keep going on this adventure!