Recently my thoughts have been largely focused on the terrible events that occurred in Norway on Friday. Fortunately no friends or family were directly affected, but in such a small country it is certain that at most, only two or three degrees often separate people. Such a tragic event that occurred…
Our experience in Ghana on the other hand has been calm and peaceful. In fact, in my opinion, Ghana’s greatest asset is the people. They are extremely friendly and it has been comforting to feel safely surrounded by kind folks. Incredibly, people seem satisfied here even though they don’t have Wal-Mart or TGI Friday’s (we did find Walf-Mart though!), and people even smile on days when they don’t witness double rainbows. Of course, you always encounter aberrations from the norm (more explanation later), but overall we have been welcomed in this new culture.
Cultural observations have largely consisted of meetings with our client, taxi rides, accommodation searching and grocery shopping. To this point, we have only done sightseeing around downtown and greater Accra, including a trip to the Makola Market and a local Rastafarian celebration (strangely a bruni dj with a Macbook “spinned” – or played reggae songs from itunes for an hour). However, an exciting trip outside of Accra is in the cards as we will be traveling to Donkorkram and staying there for at least three days in order to witness some of PALMS’ agricultural operations and speak to Ras Benji.
As for the seldom found unwelcoming locals: make sure to not take pictures of the gentlemen at the Makola Market who are selling remotes or the ladies selling vegetables – you may be verbally chastised or spanked on the rear. At least, that’s what happened to Carlos.
*note: this blog should’ve been posted on Monday, but poor internet access in Donkorkram prevented it.