Ghana: The good, the bad, the ugly

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ghana: the good, the bad, the ugly!
We were settling in to 'Glorious Godly Ghana', but we had more unexpected things to see in Ghana, as we headed to Accra and the Cape Coast. All was not bad, but we did get our fare dose of good, bad and ugly aspects of Ghana. Bring it on!
So staying on the beach outside Accra was interesting. It was hot, humid and straight away we were greeted by Rastas. Shaun even got nick named rasta man because of his beard, surprise, surprise.
Next stop, The Cape Coast. This was a chance for us to relax and enjoy the beach. Our beach resort at Abandze was awesome and we pretty much had a beach to ourselves, potentialy the best beach we have ever seen. Well, apart from the pesky local kids.
The beach at Abandze was great, but trying to relax when local kids kept running into the resort, grabbing our stuff and annoying us and begging for money and a football. It was a nightmare. At Abandze, we had the good and bad, but the ugly was still to come.
An excursion to Kakum National Park was beautiful. We were able to do an amazing canopy walk, high above the rainforest. Good sights continued as we visited the Elmina Castle, where we had a guided tour of the old epicentre of the slave trade before they were sent overseas. It was really interesting seeing the other side of slavery, compared to what we saw in Brazil and Cuba.
Back to Abandze, and a morning swim for Shaun was in order, and so was a run along the beach for me. What I didn't expect was the ugly sight of locals taking a dump on the beach in front of me, yuck! But that wasn't the ugliest thing. As I was running, which was a strange sight for the locals, I saw the cutest girl, but she turned ugly to me as she yelled out 'give me cash'.
Off to the touristy town of Cape Coast, and another good guided tour of an old slavery processing castle. Good shopping also in Cape Coast, which included food shopping. We were on the Cape Coast and we were enjoying good seafood. Our truck meals at night turned into seafood extravaganzas with lobster, fish, ceviche, squid and awesome tropical fruits to compliment it. The meals were good, really good!
With good comes bad, and ugly, so when we walked through a near by fishing village in Abandze, what did we excpect. We walked through and were suddenly surrounded by curious children. We walked up to a fort and were told we had to pay if we wanted to take photos of the outside. We then got harrassed by the kids, 'give me cash'. But this time, it wasn't just the kids who harrassed us, the adults also started to say 'give me cash', 'give me water'. Seriously, this begging was really getting to us. This aspect of the Ghanaian culture was not only bad, but ugly. And where does it probably come from, the silly white people who visit and give their cash out without a second thought.
Near our Abandze Beach Resort, we found a good little bar and we had some good times. Cold drinks, great service and good memories.
As we left our good, bad and ugly times at the Cape Coast, we headed back to Accra. Bad traffic, bad service at the post office and ugly begging continued. But never fear, good times were ahead as we were departing Ghana. Don't get me wrong, Ghana was great and we had some good times, but like every country, Ghana had the good, the bad and the ugly. We saw it all, but in the end we thought that in spite of the good, the bad, and the ugly, Glorious Godly Ghana was overall great!
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