In Ghana...At Last!

Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
Trip End Jul 21, 2012

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Friday, June 22, 2012

The plane landed in Accura, the capital of Ghana. It was night around 10ish and I cudda not see the land.  We went downstairs from the plane like we did in Istanbul, and hopped on the bus to take us to the terminal of Kotoka Int'l Airport.  We had to fill out an information form w/ our passport numbers, purpose of visit, etc.  My luggage didn't arrive at the baggage claim & it worried me 'cos maybe I wuz supposed to pick it up at the bag claim in Istanbul.  Geez!  What about my stuff, especially toiletries, medicines, & panties?!  After 15 minutes of waitin’, there it came!  Whew!  There were many officials checkin' peeps’ bags inside and when I told one of ‘em dat I’m deaf, he waived and told me to go.  Okay, thanks, sir!  

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 airport.  While I waited, I browsed at peeps who arrived:  most were Africans & a few peeps of different nationalities.  Before I forgot, I wuz told to get my U.S. dollars exchanged for Ghanaian Cedi at the airport.  I did my homework before comin’ to Ghana, so I won’t be ripped off like I was in Europe.  I used 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.  I added some water to my tee and sheet tryin’ to stay cool.  I stayed up late ‘cos I think I had trouble w/ jet lag, so I allowed myself to stay awake & fell asleep naturally.  I reminded myself not to complain and accept how things are. 

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!
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Patrick Titigah on

Glad you made it safe to my homeland. I truly hope that when you leave, you will do so with a very good memory of my country and all that it has. Have a safe stay and keep writing.

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