By John Grobowski
June 1, 2011: Kumasi, Ghana
This last weekend, our team went to Lake Bosumtwi for some much needed R&R. The lake is a sacred site to the Ashanti, who believe the souls of the dead travel here to bid farewell to the god Twi. The only permissible form of travel over the lake is through the use of plank boats, which I and various members of our team attempted to use to much comedic effect.
Despite the fact that Bosumtwi is situated only an hour outside Kumasi, it felt at times like we were on the other side of the world. This season’s rainstorms had caused massive power outages for the villages on our side of the lake, and severe flooding had washed out several sections of road. Road conditions were so bad in fact that our taxi refused to take us any further, and the only way for us to reach our lodging was to walk there. In the rain. It was quite the introduction to the transportation infrastructure here in Ghana.