2 July 2011 – Adome Bridge

 

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.

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I googled the Adome bridge and discovered it was first used in 1957. We share the same birth year!

 

-vc

2 July 2011 – Boat Ride

 

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.

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-vc

2 July 2011 – Crossroads

 

 

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!

-vc

2 July 2011 – Atimpoku

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.

-vc