Accra, Ghana... West african adventure begins

Trip Start Nov 18, 2005
Trip End Dec 11, 2005

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Well after a 7 1/2 hour flight, we made it to Accra, Ghana. Upon stepping off the plane we were immediately reminded that we had entered a tropical climate. While the weather in Addis Ababa was warm and sunny during the days, the temperature dropped quickly at nite due to the high altitude.
Here in Ghana the scenario was quite different, especially along the coast. Ghana itself is a very hot, very humid, very tropical climate. The one drawback is the coastline of beaches that for the most part, not meant for swimming. The main problem is the pollution in and around all coastal cities and towns which pretty much means most of the country. Although the locals had no problem taking a dip, I was a little nervous of the floating turds that I might bump into, not to mention just plain old trash which also didnt make the experience any more enticing. The second danger was the extreme currents and rip tides that account for several drownings every year. I know I'm a good swimmer but I was not about to test my courage in these foreign water so... swimming was out.
Shortly after arriving we were struck by the how culturally rich Ghana is. On our way to our hotel, a "resort" on the beach (its glory days ended in the 60's) we noticed how many people carried their loads on their heads without using their hands! Its truly amazing! Some of the baskets and parcels seemed to be twice the size of the people carrying them, yet they seemed unphased by this balancing act.
The people in Ghana showed their friendliness almost immediately and as we wandered for the next few days throughout Accra, we met wonderful people all happy to meet us too.
Since I had a limited time til we were to return to Accra, my dad and I planned our next 2 weeks with hopes of seeing as much of Ghana as possible, and making short visits of the two neighboring countries, Togo and Benin.
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