The Accra Mall and Bojo Beach Jan 28

Blog Post Jan 28
Our first morning back in Accra, we woke up at the Pink Hostel to a lovely breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bread, vegetables, pineapple, and watermelon. After spending time relaxing, Kwabena (our bus driver) and Abdulai’s brother Soale showed up to show us around town for our free day. We split up into two groups because some of us wanted to check out the beaches and others wanted to go into the city to explore Accra.

The group that decided to explore downtown Accra were accompanied by Soale Iddrisu. We happily crammed four into the backseat of Soale’s car, as well as an additional taxi. Soale lead us to his house, allowing us to meet his wife and baby girl. He had forgotten to arrange a ride for his kids to get home from Arabic School, so we went to go meet his other kids and arranged a taxi for them to get home. While we were waiting, we got to experience some meat pies and vanilla frozen yogurt, which tasted exactly like birthday cake batter. From there, we went to the Mall of Accra, where we shopped around, found some souvenirs, and even stopped into the grocery store to get a few snacks.

On our way to our next spot, we experienced some lovely sing-along tunes in the car, including a guest feature by Prof. Iddrisu himself! Our next stop was lunch, we had rice balls, peanut butter soup, fried rice, fufu, and fish. Johnny created a nice tutorial of how Ghanaians eat such a meal.

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When we finished lunch we made a quick stop by the Jamestown lighthouse, which was built by the British, but we did not spent too much time there because we planned to return with the rest of the group.

The 7 of us that went to the beach including Fauzia and Kwabena headed out in the bus to go to Bojo Beach, the beach that trip advisor had recommended. It was about a 40 minute drive out of the city. Once we arrived we learned we had to take a boat across a canal to get to the main part of the beach. Fauzia was terrified to get on the boat, but with some handholding (metaphorically and literally) we made it across.

As we stepped off the boat, we looked at the beautiful sight of the ocean, sand, palm trees, and a volleyball court we would soon play on. After finding a place to put our things, we headed towards the water to dip to our feet in and walk along the beach. We got some coconuts and laid in the sand. Soon, we were hungry so we ordered some food. While waiting for our rice, chicken kabobs, spring rolls, and a meat pie, we played some volleyball.

Within seconds of starting, we had many children join the game. After lunch, Kwabena called a horse over for us to ride. Kaya and Gail were able to ride the horse along the beach. After dipping our feet in the water a few more times and soaking in the sun one last time we got back in the boat to get to the bus.

Upon both arrivals of the two groups back at the hotel, a few of us decided we’d like to go attend a church service. Olaf found the Accra Ridge Church, a inter-denominational congregation his wife attended when she was a child! It was a nice service and as we left, a few friendly members found us a ride home, which just so happened to be the Church’s very own van.

Back at the hostel we all had a small dinner while sharing stories of our various excursions. Soon after we were all asleep in bed preparing for our day in Cape Coast.

To the airport in Accra Jan 30

There is no better word to describe our last day in Ghana than bittersweet. We woke up this morning to send Andrea off on her morning flight, as her adventure continues to Liberia and Sierra Leone. We enjoyed our last breakfast of noodle stir fry, pancakes, eggs, bread, and pineapple. Abdulai, Fauzia, Olaf, Jazee, and Kwabena were presented with homemade cards (painted by our craftiest group member, Maddie) and we expressed our gratitude for this month’s countless incredible experiences. After breakfast we packed our suitcases, and checked out of our rooms.

We waved goodbye to the gracious Pink Hostel staff and rolled away in our teal bus to an Accra mall, where we made some last-minute souvenir purchases before our evening departure. (We had to distract Abdulai from getting sucked into the Apple Store.)

Our last lunch in Ghana included all of our favorites: spiced chicken, Jollof Rice, noodle stir fry, fried plantains, and yam chips.
Because traffic was congested and we didn’t want to deviate too far from the airport, we returned to the mall to spend our last few cedis and enjoy a birthday celebration for Jazee, who is turning 43 on Friday.

We enjoyed cake and Abdulai’s favorite local drink, Alvaro.
Our group continued to the airport and said our final goodbyes to our new friends, Fauzia, Kwabena, and Jazee.


No words can completely describe the strong senses and emotions we experienced this month. But we thank you for following our journey across the beautiful country of Ghana through this blog. We will cherish these memories for a lifetime.

Emma and Laura

Last Day in Tamale Jan 25

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The day started like any other, but there was one noticeable difference, it was our last day in Tamale. After a wonderful breakfast provided at the usual space, Miliki Micool, we got a picture with Fussey and started our day.

Our first stop was a brief stop at a funeral where we were introduced to Prof. Iddrisu’s uncle who happens to be the minority leader of the Ghanaian parliament, Lawyer Haruna Iddrisu. We then had Abdulai take us past his houses in town. His first house is being rented out but we had the chance to walk around the compound. It was very spacious and there were mango trees planted all the way around the property. We then went to the other house where Fauzia lives in, it was a smaller house but it was on an equally large lot. It was fun to see the inside of a typical Ghanaian house.

We met the director of Little Flower. Upon arrival at the school, we were greeted by the director of the school, Anna-Maria Fati Paul. She explained many of the aspects that led her to found this school and how it has been running for twenty-five years. The school originally started as a school for girls because at the time of its founding the illiteracy rate for girls in the area was 98%. Anna-Maria had been in the government education department but decided to change that statistic with her own work. She also introduced us to one of her students who just had a book published, a book which we were lucky enough to receive some copies of before the release date.

Another program at the school that was unique and transformational was one that provided full scholarships to students who had become orphans. These students would otherwise have most likely dropped out and lost the opportunity to become educated. The cost of these scholarships are covered by other student’s school fees, currently there are around 40 or so students on this scholarship.

After saying goodbye to Anna-Maria and some of the children we headed to lunch. This was a very special meal that we got, there were fried yams, fried Plantains, a delicious egg sauce, and a specially made Pineapple-Watermelon juice. We all left feeling very full and grateful for all the wonderful meals we had eaten. A group of us then proceeded to the market and spent time looking for the last of the items we would get from Tamale. After returning to the hotel and having some down time to pack and rest we headed to supper. We got a delicious meal as always and said goodbye to all the people we had gotten to see repeatedly over the last month.

 

There were exchanges of Facebook accounts and lots of pictures, but we left our friends with well wishes for our trip back.