After almost a year, we have come to the last week of our stay in Ghana. We’ve certainly had an interesting time. We’ve seen slave castles, beach resorts, posuban shrines, a stilt village, a fantastic ancient mosque, elephants, hippos, baboons, crocodiles, a traditional shrine, a traditional ceremony, the largest man-made lake in Africa, the highest waterfall in West Africa, a batch of fantasy coffins, and (last but not least) a Ghanaian wedding. We’ve travelled on more tro-tros than we can count, ranging from the modern and reasonably comfortable to the ‘Oh my goodness!’ Most of all, we’ve enjoyed doing interesting and challenging work alongside some friendly and dedicated colleagues, We are grateful for the opportunity to use the skills we’ve acquired over the years, in a way that we hope will benefit the children of Omega Schools.
Apart from work, what will we miss when we leave Ghana?
- The cheerful people and the way everyone greets us as we pass
- The smart clothes, especially on Sunday when people are going to church
- The warm weather, so we can eat almost all of our meals outdoors
- Sitting on our balcony, watching the sun set and the lights come out on the hills opposite
- Going to the beach, especially to Kokrobitey with all the life going on there, and our two favourite restaurants close together
- Our big spacious flat, luxurious accommodation by the standard of what most people have here
- The interesting country, and how easy it is to explore by tro-tro
- Wearing sandals for months on end, and forgetting what socks or sweaters are for
- Star beer (for Sandie) and Savanna Dry cider (for Ian).
On Saturday 1st September we went to a Ghanaian wedding. A colleague was getting married, and she invited everyone from Omega Schools. The event was held at the Horeb Temple, a vast structure still in process of construction. Compared with weddings we’ve attended in other countries, the service was very long (about three hours) and involved a lot of singing (by a large choir) and gospel preaching. The reception (at the same location) was much shorter. But other features were familiar: the bride looked absolutely stunning, and the groom looked very nervous!
Our final weekend was spent in two ways: preparing to leave, and revisiting our favourite haunts at Kokrobitey. Starting early on Saturday morning we went through the flat deciding what we were going to take home and what we were going to leave – it’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate in just under a year! By late afternoon we’d given the flat a good clean and were well advanced with the packing, so we quit and went to Kokrobitey. We had a break for chilling out, with two nice meals, cocktails on the beach, and even some sunbathing time on Sunday morning, before returning home to continue with the packing. The sun shone brightly all weekend, the best weather we’ve had for ages (it seems to have improved just as we are about to leave!).
We have one more week at work, and then on Friday fly back to the UK. We shall spend a few weeks visiting friends and family, and then who knows? Watch this space for further adventures