Today Steph and I ventured out of Accra to Krokobite to meet Big Milly (a fun backpacker type hostel where locals go as well) and see the beach. We took the trotro and then haggled for a cheap cab for the second half of the journey. The town is adorable, the people are friendly, and the children were constantly running up to us and hugging us. It was a lot more laid back than the noisy, crowded city of Accra. We spent the morning looking at markets, seeing some of the most intricate and colorful African paintings, masks, jewlery, and clothing. We made friends with two locals, John and Frederick, and spent some time learning about African history and life in Ghana. John told me he could tell I had been to Africa before because I blend in (funny enough, he remembered seeing me walking down the sidewalk three days ago but based on the fact that I DIDN’T blend in, haha).
After a delicious fruit and stirfry lunch and some beach lounging, we went exploring. Apparently, we were getting very close to a dangerous area and one of the guys from the village, Paul, looked out for us and took us exploring all over Krokobite. I got to learn about the Rasta-culture of Krokobite and even visited a Rasta-bar, Cafe des Arts, that was funky with beads handing all over and Bob Marley in the background. This is where I tried my first glass of palm wine, which they served to me by filling up an empty soda bottle. It is all-natural and comes from the inside of the palm nut tree. Other highlights of our day include: drum lessons from the guys at Berlin Drum School (so much fun! played a bunch of different beats with some great drummers), drank milk straight from a coconut, ate Foo-Foo (a dough ball made of caserva that is in ground nut soup. you eat it with your right hand. yes, you eat soup with your hands!), went to a live reggae performance, saw an acrobatics show (we saw people eating fire and flipping all over the place), experience the Homow Festival, went to a someone’s house for a party, and played music and danced on the beach. We also got to explore some of the crop fields and plantations, as well as see some of the more ritzy houses in the area (for example, the Minister of Finance’s house, which has palm trees, an in-ground pool, tennis courts, and basketball courts, right on the beach).
Today was a really great day, mainly because we spent the whole day meeting Paul’s friends and hanging out with locals, getting to know their culture and way of life. The people are very friendly here and love to meet foreigners. I am quickly assimilating (I now know how to take the tro-tro and to do the African handshake, which involves snapping each others fingers at the same time).
The internet is very slow here so I am going to sign off for now. We leave for our volunteer placement tomorrow so will have a lot more to share soon!