A Bumpy Ride to Hohoe
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
17Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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The volunteer program van driver came & fetched me. There were other volunteers at the airport where we picked 'em up. The volunteers were a surgeon, a lab technician, and a teacher from New York. We were told it’d take 3.5-4 hours of drive to Hohoe. De nada. I had my camera ready for snapshots on the road trip.
To my surprise, the Ghanaian man, who wuz accompanied by the driver, knew sign language. His name is XXX (I need to ask him for his name again 'cos it's Ghanaian dat I can't remember!). We chatted and I asked him questions. How did he learn sign language? His family? His job? I also asked him about things I saw on the road trip. He learned it in college. There were several signs that I didn’t understand and some of the signs were SEE (Signin’ Exact English) and Ghanaian signs, not ASL (American Sign Language) dat most of deafies & I normally use. I had to stop him to repeat or ask him what they’re. So different! I followed him pretty good. Hopefully I’ll get used to it but I also teach him my ASL w/out criticizin’ him. We agreed that we teach to each other: our signs and our culture
It wuz on Saturday about noonish when we departed Accura. On the way to Hohoe, there were still peeps by the roadside sellin’ different things such as mangoes, cassavas, bananas, bottles of water, and clothes. Women carry their baby on back in a wrap like a piggy back. They also carried a big bowl or a box filled w/ things on their head. They didn’t hold it w/ their hands. Even young children were already mastered at balancin’ it on their head. Some of 'em looked heavy to weigh on their head! There were numerous lil’ shops (or I’d say shacks or huts) by the roadside dat they sell where ya see in the U.S.: Coke, tires, lil’ TVs (not HDs), and more. They’re makin’ a livin’ from sellin’ the things.
The road was bumpy, rough, and had many potholes where the van driver bothered to avoid ‘em (literally all of ‘em) at any cost
Well, in the U.S. we have domestic animals which are cats n’ dogs, ja? In Ghana, I see chickens n’ goats! I meant LOTS of ‘em. They roam freely and apparently are smarter than the cats n’ dogs not to cross the road. The Ghanaians walked by the roadside, ride bicycles, motorcycles, and many of ‘em ride vans or buses. A few of ‘em drive cars. Their homes were like huts made of sticks, just the ones ya see on TV or in magazines. Some of ‘em were made of mud & covered w/ metal roof.
Most of men wore like the men in the U.S. but I found men interestin’ in particular. They wore special kente cloth dat wraps around their body and throws it over the shoulder diagonally like a big bed sheet. I wuz told they wear it in red, brown, or black for the funeral. Women wear just like the American women but in a simple n’ plain way. Many of ‘em wear beautiful, colorful outfits. I wuz encouraged to have ‘em made one for me. They are expert in makin’ ‘em, or ya cudda buy one at the market
The road trip to Hohoe from Accura was quite absorbin' dat hardly made me fall asleep, even tho, it wuz long! More tales to come in Hohoe...
P.S. I have more pics but I'm havin' trouble uploadin' 'em. Hopefully will do later today or send 'em to my Facebook.