Travel Blogs from Elmina, Ghana

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From Kumasi To Elmina, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

From Kumasi To Elmina

A travel blog entry by hooktravellers

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We're heading out of Kumasi now for Elmina. We've hired the Silicon Hotel bus and driver. It seems too early in the morning, but they're at the door wanting to take our luggage and load the bus. It is 6:30 AM and we've slept in. Kailey has said her good ...

Coconut Beach Resort, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Coconut Beach Resort

A travel blog entry by hooktravellers

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... the day. Since we're leaving tomorrow we don't bother. So - if you are trying to decide between the two hotels, take the Elmina Beach Resort! The same gentleman insists on getting us a better ride than what we arrived in. He calls for a private car and ...

Weaver bird watching, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Weaver bird watching

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... is worst for the taxi-drivers of course, many of whom run their cars on LPG. ** Rather than waste anyone's gas, I walk into Elmina. In fact the mile-long walk up to the main road from the hotel is a wildlife bonanza. I take my small binoculars with me ...

First Day, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

First Day

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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Reading day by the blue pool. The best book on the history of Elmina seems to be one by a writer called Ato Ashun. I'm not sure it’s the best researched history (he writes "hundreds of millions of Africans were taken in the transatlantic slave ...

brenu beach, Brenu, Ghana travel blog

brenu beach

A travel blog entry by arlash

On the beach ...

Awaaba (welcome), Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Awaaba (welcome)

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... peace, so I come, looking for a total break and hoping to find it. I'm to be based in the Elmina Bay Resort Hotel, a small isolated beach estate on Ghana's southern coast near to the small fishing port of Elmina. The managers at Elmina Bay found me ...

Obama castle, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Obama castle

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... to sit and wait in any queue he can find. Obama's place Cape Coast too has a castle, which is much bigger than Elmina's and an equal tourist attraction. It was right here that Barack Obama visited during his presidential campaign in 2009, and the whole ...

Elmina Castle, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Elmina Castle

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... there today. It is one of the most famous (infamous?) places in Africa, and one of the oldest on the West African coast - the Elmina (slave-trade) Castle. By chance I meet Ato (the guy who wrote the book on the history of Elmina) there. He is much ...

Accra houmus, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Accra houmus

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

Back to Accra, three hours up the surprisingly well-made coast road. The driver is chatty and used to foreigners: he stays within the speed limits and even tuts at the risky manoeuvres taken by some of the other motorists.  I have a feeling ...

Suzi & Ben, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Suzi & Ben

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... to return to the land of his birth and she decided to go too. But Ben and she had a secret vision - to build a dream hotel. And Elmina Bay Resort is it – and why I chose to come visit here especially. (I pay my way though; I'm not a freeloader I ...

Beaches and slavery, Butre and Cape Coast, Ghana travel blog

Beaches and slavery

A travel blog entry by ericamoroney

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... in Butre and finished it there yesterday. There was something so eerie and poignant about reading that book here in Ghana. I unintentionally chose a 'good' location to start reading it as directly behind the village are the remnants of an old British ...

Elmina Bay Days, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Elmina Bay Days

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... the feeling also that the people have turned their back on the dark story they represent, and that they are oddly marginalised. Central Elmina is based on a small lagoon, and central to central Elmina is the fish market, which is all bustle. The boats ...

Adinkra Africa, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Adinkra Africa

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... the dead-hand of the past a little better than a lot of the rest of Africa, and look forward more securely? Talking of trading, Elmina Castle is infamous for the role it had in the Slave Trade as a holding prison for black slaves ready to be taken to the ...

Objects / sex objects, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Objects / sex objects

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

The National Museum has seen better days, but I can't fault its range of objects. You'd do best to read up on Ghana and its history before going to it, because some of the signs are falling to bits, but the objects themselves are choice – if you ...

Barbering blades, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Barbering blades

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

... found... after a five hour wait in a queue. I want a haircut, and Ben drops me slightly the other side of central Elmina at L Cool J's barber shack. The shack attracts a number of men, who are laughing and chatting, and not apparently wanting a haircut ...

Sand winners - even on Sunday, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Sand winners - even on Sunday

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... Stop Sandwinning on Twitter or, just as good, sign the Online Petition calling for the immediate investigation of what's happening in Elmina and Cape Coast. One fears for this stretch of land, as clearly the local authorities are either too weak or too ...

Cape Coast considerations, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Cape Coast considerations

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... with me. Football is their topic - the world's talking point – but for once, they do have a right to talk football. Ghana is a hugely successful team in many ways and will be appearing in this year’s World Cup; and Michael Essien, the great ...

Posuban visits, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Posuban visits

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... promised we shall have kenkey. These are a type of dumpling, not hugely pleasant but very filling, and typical of a family dish in Ghana. An experience. Each night we eat on the terrace with the breeze from the sea in our faces and the din of the waves ...

Local rate, tourist rate, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Local rate, tourist rate

A travel blog entry by mark.righter

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... thin light of the day is faint dark traces in the wet sand. Talking of the colour of light, they say (in 'the books') that Ghana can be a difficult place to take good photos with its weak light. In fact I did notice quickly that the sky is always a ...

The Hideout, Cape Three Points, Ghana travel blog

The Hideout

A travel blog entry by hvw88

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Will and I met up with Amy and her friend Jack at 'The Hideout', a remote beach resort only accesible by 4x4. We weren't too gutted to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere with the sea, beach, huts bar and restaurant all within ...

Meeting the Chief, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Meeting the Chief

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

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... least 1 hour.  So often by the time we get everyone together and to the restaurant for dinner it was 7:30, so we'd be lucky if we were eating at 9PM.  Luckily the beer comes quickly!  For me, Ghana has really been a lesson in ...

Back to my old self!, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Back to my old self!

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

             Luckily I woke up this morning and felt fine.  Had a nice size breakfast and still felt good.  So it looks like I've weathered my GI illness well and all is good.  It ...

I guess I'm too old for the Peace Corps now, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

I guess I'm too old for the Peace Corps now

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

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... and did I mention the elephants!  Not sure I'll have internet there, but I'll be sure to fill in the story once I return to Elmina.  I can't belive I have less than two weeks left - it feels like I've been here forever and also just got ...

It had to happen eventually..., Elmina, Ghana travel blog

It had to happen eventually...

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

... excited about, I'm still not feeling great, but I figure it had to happen eventually.  Last night once we got back to the Elmina Beach Resort, the part of our group coming in was delayed because their luggage didn't come in.  So Lisa and I went ...

Ghana - Absolutely golden!, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Ghana - Absolutely golden!

A travel blog entry by beattie99

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... the other and collectively wishing you a nice day! Stopped at a road side hawker for a coke and roasted plantain. We headed for Elmina and after driving along for sometime dribbled across the Stumble inn (see what I did there). The place is a amazing, ...

Elmina - day 2, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Elmina - day 2

A travel blog entry by beattie99

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... street food from Dabola still with me if ya know what I mean! Morning walk on the beach, water must be 25 degrees. Took a ride into Elmina to visit the castle and did a tour with a guide (hate the tourist bit but good to to help the economy!) to hear ...

The Hans Cottage, Outside Elmina, Ghana travel blog

The Hans Cottage

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

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... be easier to have meetings and get work done if we're all closer together (the Hans is about 9 km outside of Elmina).   Other fun Ghana stuff: So most Ghanaians in this area are Christian (there's more of a Muslim population in the north).  ...

Akwidaa, Akwidaa, Ghana travel blog

Akwidaa

A travel blog entry by bronwen

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... over the last couple of weeks as we have become more involved in the local community around the Takoradi/Dixcove area of the Ghana coast. After a very enjoyable trip to Beyin to see one of the old colonial era slave/trading forts that dot the coast here ...

Elmina, Cape Coast, and Kakum, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

Elmina, Cape Coast, and Kakum

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

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... see the Milky Way!     Today was more touristy stuff - we went to Kakum National Park about 1 hour north of Elmina.  They have a great suspended canopy walk above the rain forest that was AMAZING!!!!  So beautiful, even if it was a ...

The Coastal Groves Clinic Story, Elmina, Ghana travel blog

The Coastal Groves Clinic Story

A travel blog entry by kimber1974

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... , meeting with people and trying to assess the health infrastructure of the country and current health needs of this community.  Ghana has recently started a national health insurance plan where you pay 60,000 cedis/year (about $6US) and supposedly ...

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