August 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm (Africa, Ghana, Peace Corps)
Tags: Cape Coast Slave Castle, Kakum National Park, Portia, portraits, Rofina, Tourism, Travel, West Africa
In August I traveled up north for my last visit with the Kampusi’s and my other friends up there. After my visit there Portia, Rofina and I traveled south to my site and then on to Cape Coast. Below is a slide show of photos I took of them on this trip. More about the trip to follow.
August 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm (50+, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Adome Bridge, Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism, Volta Region, Volta River
The first time I saw Adome Bridge I was on a Peace Corps bus traveling to Ho from Accra. We turned a corner and the bridge came into view. I was stunned by the silver suspension bridge against the dark green and azure blue background of the sky and forest. After my boat ride on the Volta I tried to capture the bridge in all it’s glory.
I googled the Adome bridge and discovered it was first used in 1957. We share the same birth year!
August 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm (50+, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku. Aylos Bay Resort, Eastern Region, local canoes, Tourism, Volta River
I wanted a boat ride on the Volta River. It seemed like a 4th of July weekend kind of thing to do. The Dodi Princess left out of Akosombo but I had mixed reviews on the experience. The trip was 6 hours long and the boat would stop on an island for 1 hour. A BBQ lunch was provided. This sounded like a perfect way to spend a day. Then I read my guide book and it said that the music was obnoxiously loud. Then a PCV and a German volunteer said the same thing. Well I could stay on campus and hear obnoxiously loud music for free! I didn’t need to pay 30 cedis for it.
My second plan was to hire a local canoe. The taxi driver tried to talk me into the Dodi Princess and so did a receptionist at the Adomi Hotel when I went to ask if they had a boat. So I decided to go to Aylos Bay Resort. Have breakfast and ask them if they had any boat rides on the Volta.
I struck gold.
The breakfast was good and the environment lovely. It was so lovely that after my boat ride I stayed, wrote and had a coke. And they had a canoe and someone to paddle it for me all for 10 GHC.
Check out a few pics from that trip.
July 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm (50+, food, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism
In Atimpoku I saw three resorts and there maybe more. I visited Aylos Bay because I heard you could eat on a shaded platform on the water.
My first course, pineapple. I had a good breakfast. I think the presentation made it taste better.
The view from my breakfast table.
July 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm (50+, food, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism
People selling things off their head have been a continual joy to me from the day we arrived in Ghana. I love it that I can buy frozen yogurt, boiled eggs, water sachets, bowfruit, minerals, toilet paper and even a flash light out of the window of my tro tro. When traveling through Kumasi to the Sub office I always buy plantain chips a one specific intersection and spring rolls at the next one.
Atimpoku, being a major crossroads, has plenty of hawkers. Their wares are a little bit different because of the river. You can buy a kebab of oysters or snails and onions. You can buy a sleeve of prawns. And my favorite Bolo.
Bolo is a white corn cake cooked in a leaf the size of two hands. The batter is put on one half of the leaf then the leaf is folded over. Many leaves are put in a pot to steam. Oh the bolo is so sweet.
July 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm (50+, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Adome Bridge, Eastern Region, FedEX, Tourism, Volta River
Atimpoku is a major crossroads between Accra and Ho, the capitol of the Volta Region. These signs are typical of signs you find all over Ghana. They are usually hand painted. I don’t think three are any size or height regulations except maybe in Accra.
It’s everywhere you go!
July 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm (Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism, Volta River
Atimpoku lies on the banks of the Volta River between Accra and Ho, the capital of the Volta region. The Adome Bridge is the only bridge across the Volta River, so Atimpoku is a busy town with all the joys of travel in Ghana condensed into a few square kilometers. In the next few blog posts I will share some of these joys with you.
The photos here show the commerce and some of the homes in Atimpoku. The ones on the river tempt me to want to live in the Eastern Region.
This is a typical Ghanaian home along the river. What a view!
A small market place just before you reach the turn to the bridge. Adome bridge in the background.
Many Obruni’s from America and Europe live along the Volta River here.