Saturday, May 4, 2013

a few random observations

Ghana has some TERRIBLE drivers on the road.  Scratch that, most are terrible.  passing when they shouldnt, etc.  However, there is ZERO road rage.  maybe it has something to do with the fact that everyone is late to everything so no one seems to be in a hurry to get anywhere (although I guess that conflicts with the speeding).  The roads are terrible, full of potholes, paved roads randomly turn to dirt.

People also freely litter here.  The sides of the road are lined with plastic, trash, etc.  Another reminder of how nice it is to live in the U.S.

Funerals here in Ghana are a 2 day celebration.  Entire towns turn out for a funeral, everyone dressed in red and/or black, streets are blocked with pedestrian processions, causing more traffic.

Everyone waves here.  Maybe its the rarity of seeing a couple of white guys (yeyvu) but every town we passed we were greeted with lots of waves and smiles.

In the little towns we passed, all of which are poverty stricken, the buildings and edifices are half built, no roofs, many made of brick (otherwise cinderblock).

As expected, lots of street vendors of food, stuff like snails, plastic bags of water (seems only the tourists drink bottles of water...the locals bite off a corner of the bag and drink it), maize dough, wierd turkey meat.  And pretty much everything is carried on their heads.

Lighter day (emotionally)

Today was a much lighter day on the emotions...Dave (the founder of Crossover) has a 17 year old daughter (Sonia) that goes to a private girls high school in the city of Ho.  They have visiting hours on the first Saturday of each month so we went to visit her.  Sonia is also the penpal of Jim's 11 year old daughter, Mia, so it was a very special visit for him (pictured below, left to right is Juliette, Sonia's best friend, Jim, Sonia and Dave).

After we visited Sonia, we drove about an hour to a Monkey Reserve...pretty cool video here posted to youtube

and a pic...

After the Monkey Reserve, we had a long drive back to the hotel, but stopped at tthe 2nd highest point in Ghana for a quick break