Working_in_Ghana_with_ MOFA

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


The two flights into Accra were quit long, around 7 hours each with a six hour stop over in Amsterdam. I decided to stay at the airport, having already seen Amsterdam two years ago, in order to sleep on my yoga matt waiting for our last plane.

My nerves were tense, not knowing what to expect. I decided to try and look out the window as we crossed the Sahara, while doing so I met Sir Abraham...a Ghanain male returning home to visit his family in Accra. He calmed me down with his friendly demeanor and genuine smile...after making his aquantance I relaxed while landing.

We stayed in "House of the Lord" Hotel in Accra...the sun set at 6:30pm so it felt very late when we arrived at our destination. Robin (long term overseas volunteer), took us for a walk to the "circle" in order to grab something to eat. It was dark and I had to concentrate while walking as not to fall into the ditches. There were street vendors selling many local foods...bbq maize...kenke with Pepe sauce...rice and beans...they set up stands lined one by one...I purchased my first "Pure Water" sachet (potable water sealed in a plastic bag: you bite the corner off and such out the water), and a cob of maize (very chewy and delicious).

I was very spoiled my first night in Accra as we had an air conditioned room that forced me to wake up early and do some yoga to warm up.

In the moring we headed over to the bank and bus depot...we waited patiently for our bus which was delayed four hours...apparently this is the norm...might as well get used to it...

We left Accra at around 4pm and reached Tamale at around 5am...The ride was very scenic for the first few hours. The vegetation was lush and green...many tall bushy trees surrounded by many palm trees. The bus would stop in order for locals to sell us their produce throught the bus windows. I bought my first bag of oranges from one of many women asking for my patrionage.

Ghana is beautiful, the food is tasty and plenty, and the people are hands down the most friendly I have ever come to meet.

I am off to Bole tomorrow morning to meet my MOFA office and host family...this is where the trip will begin...


At 8:13 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Hey Ghislaine,

It was excellent to read of your first impressions of Ghana - good for you keeping equilibrium with yoga and jumping in to the experience by trying street food and talking with people.



At 8:36 AM, Blogger Samira said...

You are amazing. I really admire your sense of caring about the world around you.
not everybody gets the chance of this kind of experience in life. I am pretty sure you will do a great job and be a different person when you come back.
cant wait to see you back,

At 10:08 AM, Blogger MikeG said...

Hey G'g,
I'm glad to hear you have arrived safely and haven't had any problems. What a journey you are taking...Ghana sounds like a beautiful place. I know you will make the most out of your experience there and get more out of it than anyone could possibly imagine. I love hearing about your activities and can't wait to see some pictures.


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Laura said...

I think street food rocks! Sounds like you're adjusting nicely. Great descriptions, heart warming even.


At 4:53 PM, Blogger Shadi said...

Dear Ghislaine,

Miss you so so much. Your adventures sound fantastic, I'm looking forward to your next blog already. You'll have to add some pictures.

Take wonderful care,


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