In Ghana...At Last!
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
17Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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I asked an airport worker to call the hotel where I made a reservation for me, Hotel Wangara. He did & told me to wait inside the airportwww.xe.com to find out the exact amount. I got $386 in Cedi from $200 U.S. dollars, so I wasn’t ripped off this time. It’s cheap here to buy things & ya save a lot of moolah! The hotel van driver had a paper w/ my name written in capital letters, MARY CHIMELAK, and walked straight to me 'cos I wuz the only white. He flashed his white teeth to greet me & helped me w/ my baggage. There were lots of peeps on the way to the hotel sellin’ different items by the roadside. Remember, it wuz still at night time. The hotel driver, Jonathan, asked me if I needed to stop by to eat or drink sumthan’. No, thanks, sir. All I wanted to do is to get to the hotel, take a shower, & lay down in the bed! I gave him a good tip in U.S. dollars. He wuz surprised & thanked me. He also gave me his text number to contact him if I need anything but I didn’t give him mine. I know better.
The shower in the hotel room didn’t have the hot water but it felt great when I wuz so hot, stinky, & sweaty. The AC wasn’t great either
What impressed me was dat the Ghanaians were VERY friendly, helpful, and respectful. I felt very safe. I wuz not nervous at all. Yet, I still watch out for my passport, money, camera, other important stuff. Thanks to my deaf Ghanaians (Patrick T. & Robert S.) and Scott A. (an American hearin’ guy, who is in the Peace Corps for 3 years) whom I befriended before comin’ to Ghana for their tips and warned me dat their hospitality might be overwhelmin’ for me, which is true. They do stare at me due to my color of skin but it doesn’t bother me. I expect it. Scott said he fell in love w/ Ghana and seriously didn’t want to come back to the U.S. So, it tells all about Ghana!