From Akosombo to Kumasi
Trip Start Mar 11, 2005
28Trip End Mar 27, 2005
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We are all waiting on Daniel and we finally get away at 8:30. Just before we left the kids each gave Daniel a gift - a watch, a pen set and a coffee table book of Canada. He seems embarrassed to receive the gifts and I am glad we went with the plan to leave the other things we brought him on the table in the bedroom. We left him a Canada ball cap, 2 Canada bath towels, a golf shirt and an Our Canada magazine and a calendar of Canadian pictures. His daughter Esther had left us a welcome note and some beads so we left her the pencils and chalk we had brought for her class and a pen and pencil gift set for her. We were disappointed, and so was Daniel, that we didn't get a chance to meet her as she had been out of town, in Kumasi actually where we were headed, and was returning as we were leaving. We probably passed her on the road.
Willie hops aboard for a ride out to the main road and cozies up to Kailey. I better keep an eye on those two - Willie has already asked Kailey to marry him! We pass a woman on the road and I hear Willie say to Kailey - "That one they call Gladys". Shawn has a bucket hat to give to the pensioner - Big Man From the Hospital as Daniel calls him - that we met yesterday. He's this cute little round man who just grins from ear to ear. Kailey hopped out and ran up to his house to where he is sitting on the porch to give him the hat. He proudly puts it on and the biggest smile crosses his face. Oh, why didn't I have the camera out? He's smiling and waving with both hands as we leave.
The ride is not too bad although I am worried about Andrew, he doesn't look well, his face is all red and he hasn't been eating
Daniel is along with us on this trip and as per usual, he needs to make several stops along the way. We just want to get going! At one spot he makes us all get out at a market along the road so we can look at Ghananian produce - enough already - no one is buying anything - let's get going. I hear Daniel tell the driver we Canadians are more used to sitting and driving long distances than they are. We are booting along and making good time until we hit road construction. This is where we loose all the time. We marvel at how strict our highway laws are compared to here. Trucks are running with flat tires, some trucks don't have tires on all their rims even. A couple of trucks have rolled over onto their sides, spilling their loads onto the roadways. I notice a change in the roadside stand offerings - now they are all selling plastic jugs of liquid. Daniel says it is palm oil which is what everyone uses to cook in.
We pull into our hotel - the Silicon Hotel and Conference Center and I dash into the reception area before Daniel can join me, hoping it is OK that we've arrived a day early and that they have a room for us. Luckily it is no problem. We unload the luggage, say our goodbyes and Daniel and the drivers are gone. Air conditioning here we come! We go to our rooms and find a mistake. They've given us two 2-bedroom suites when I only booked one at $89 US a night. The beds look really tiny and although the boys plead to keep the second room, I decide to save some money and see if we can't get a cot. Turns out we just wheel a sofa bed in from next door and voila beds for us all. There are two bedrooms with a bed each and now we have two sofa beds. The maids are checking to see that everything is OK and they spy a house lizard on the wall in the hallway. They bring their little broom and try to scoop him up. All they end up doing is knocking him onto the floor, where his tail falls off and starts wiggling across the floor in one direction while the lizard heads off in another. Cool trick! I checked out the beds - soft pillows. I swear his pillows were just pillowcases on bags of concrete mix at Daniel's house!
We ask at the desk were the nearest store is to get some pop etc to have in the room and we meet Prince for the first time
OH MY GOD!! A Bathtub! Haven't seen one of these in too long. I have a nice hot bath and I am horrified at the water - it is completely black! I had no idea I was so filthy dirty! I couldn't even see my legs in the water it was so dark. The boys head to check out the computers but since we're five hours ahead of home, no one is on MSN yet. Kailey takes a dip in the pool and before you know it, it is time to eat again.
Thankfully, Andrew is looking much better - now I know it was just the heat. Just in case I had joined the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers and had names and numbers of English-speaking Western-trained doctors in Ghana in case we needed one. So, where to eat? Out comes the guidebook and Vic Baboo's is highly recommended. The book says it is central and a popular restaurant that has a menu that would take weeks to work through - burgers, pizza, grills, curries, Chinese, vegetarian, and you won't be disappointed in anything you order