Africa: Day 11 & 12
Please excuse grammar, spelling, etc.
We are headed to Cape Coast today. Moris arrived with a van to haul all 10 of us. We hit the road just before 8:30.
Other things of note: gas (petrol) attendants are well dressed. I have yet to see anyone smoking. When I say market I generally mean street vendors along the road. The only market we have been to so far was on day 4.
We passed by the University of Legon (the main university). Although over the days we have passed many universities and colleges. We also drove over the George W Highway. Named after George W. Sr. in response to funds received by him.
A lunch stop at Biriwa Beach Hotel. 2pm and we are on our way.
Upon arrival we went straight to the Elimina Castle, the largest existing European building of any type in Africa.
Streets are fashioned similar to European streets. They are barely wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other. The road leading to the Castle is only accessible by foot. As we walked up the street, on the bridge, we were bombarded by people trying to sell their goods. It was very crowded and quite unnerving. Two men followed us all the way up the hill.
At the castle (and most places), you pay based on where you are from. Ghanians pay one rate, students one rate, and so on and so forth. They tried to charge us more as some of us are Canadian. We argued the fact that Ivy and myself are Ghanaian. We took a tour and learned about the slave trade. I will not go into detail, you will have to research it for yourself.
We then headed to the Cape Coast Castle. It was closing in 15 min, but they let us in. This too was used during the slave trade.
In Ghana there are three castles, Elimina Castle aka St. George's Castle, Cape Coast Castle, and Osu Castle aka Christiansborg Castle, and 50 forts all used during the slave trade.
We headed out in search of our hotel. Sanna Lodge. We checked in and went for supper (Moris is staying with a friend). It was about an hour wait. We were all very tired and hungry. Livy entertained us for a bit with her dancing. The food finally came. We all ordered fresh red snapper. It was quite delish. (Just so you know it was the whole fish, head and all).
Upstairs just before 9. Showers and bed for all.
On our way after a breakfast of toast and eggs. This morning we are headed to Apam to meet Benjamin. He is my sisters sponsor child, sponsored through Compassion.
It's a rainy morning.
Upon arrival in Apam, we went to the Compassion school. They serenaded us with music (a brass band). There was an opening prayer, followed by a song by the brass band and choir, and a presentation by the social worker. They were very appreciative.
We were taken to a room which displayed pictures and items from the different projects they have worked on throughout the year.
We also went to the back of the school to see the new playground purchased with donations. Next we were presented with a sash and bracelet (the bracelets were made by the kids). Following this, closing remarks. Before heading to lunch we made a stop at Benjamin's house. My sister and her husband gave Benjamin some gifts. Then we were off.
Lunch took a while as it does with a big group. After lunch we headed back to the Apam junction to drop everyone off. The Kenny's (my sister and her family) said their goodbyes.
At 2:20 we are homeward bound.
Lots of tears tonight. Everyone is tired.
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