We tend to go away alternate weekends, and we had planned our remaining weekends in Ghana to cover all the places we wanted to go. But our plans had to be reshuffled, due partly to an unexpected wedding invitation (for Sept 1st) and partly to a bad attack of flu. Ian was ill the first weekend in August, so our scheduled trip was postponed. The next weekend, it was Sandie’s turn, so once again we were unable to travel far. We did however experience two aspects of life in Ghana.
Refilling the gas
We do not have an oven in our flat: just two gas rings connected to a large cylinder (no mains gas here). The cylinder has lasted ever since Ian arrived, but ran out on Sat 11th August, just as Ian was making Sandie some soup. Unfortunately there is an LPG shortage at present, so our taxi driver rang friends to find out the best source of supply. He then took Ian plus the empty cylinder to the place suggested, and they queued for over an hour to get it refilled. Ian did not take his camera, so we cannot illustrate the queues!
The next day Sandie was feeling a bit better, so we were able to attend the ‘Kindergarten Graduation’ at Kokrobite School. It is apparently standard in Ghana to mark the occasion when children move up from the Kindergarten Two class to Primary One (even though this is usually in the same school). A special ceremony was held in all of the Omega Schools on Sunday 12th August, and we were guests of honour at the one in Kokrobite. Ian read a speech that had been prepared for him, and Sandie handed certificates to the children who were ‘graduating’. There were also prizes for the top children in older classes, and for the best teachers. There were performances by the school choir and dance group.
Last visit to Cape Coast
By Saturday 18th August we were both recovered, even if not quite 100%, so we went on an overnight trip to Cape Coast. We’d been there several times before, but this final trip had a dual purpose. The Cape Coast road passes through a town called Mankessim, and this time we actually stopped there. There are figures on a roundabout which we’d seen from buses or tro-tros, and this time we got a closer look. We also walked through the town to see an elaborate posuban shrine, one of the most intriguing of the many we’ve visited in different places.
The other purpose of our trip was to visit Cape Coast itself for the last time. We stayed at Prospect Lodge, where we had stayed a couple of times before. The weather was bad, but that didn’t really matter, because we’d already seen all the sights of Cape Coast. We did notice that many statues were wrapped in red and black, in memory of the late President Atta Mills. These included a statue of Queen Victoria, the crab monument in the middle of town, and golden antelopes decorating the gate of a palace near the sea.
We had lunch in the Baobab Vegetarian Restaurant, cocktails at the Oasis Beach Resort (watching the crashing waves) and dinner at the Castle Restaurant. On Sunday morning we strolled along the beach and had drinks at the Oasis; then we said farewell to Cape Coast and began the journey home, after our final trip west of Kasoa.