Accra Journals

Life as an Aobroni

A travel journal to Accra by theghanadian

Quote: This journal is a commentary on my life as a white Canadian woman living and working in Accra Ghana over the course of one year.

Life as an Aobroni

Overview

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The best thing about living in Ghana was the community environment. Every evening is full of loud Hi-Life or Hip-Life, smiling dancing people in the streets, open air pubs and dance clubs and a general feeling of hospitality. Ghana is a country that integrates all individuals through its amazing culture. It is a cultural West African melting pot of culture where the western world faintly touches. Quick Tips: Bring cash and be ready to barter. The merchants and Hawkers see you coming with a dollar sign on your forehead. Don't be afraid or feel intimidated by the open aggressive nature of West Africans. They are as friendly as they are loud and aggressive. However use common sense when de...Read More

Kakum National Park

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Attraction

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Kakum National Park is a park situated in one of the last Rain Forests in the world. The park is roughly less that thirty minutes north west of Cape Coast. The highlight of this park is the suspension bridge created by two Canadians. It is one of Ghana's biggest attractions with its eight lengths of suspension bridge in the top canopy of trees. Be ready for quite a walk uphill to get to the bottom of the bridge. . . If you are up for an adventure you can arrange to camp overnight in the park and have a guide take you on an early morning hike through the rainforest in search of animals. The most popular and least visible animal is the tree elephant, a rare variety of elephant that lives in t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2004

Kakum National Park
30 minutes northwest of Cape Coast, Ghana
Accra, Ghana

Cape Coast Castle

Attraction

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This fort was one of the primary slave holding sites in Ghana. The guide is fantastic in their depiction of events that occurred throughout the time when the fort was in use. I would strongly recommend paying extra for a guide. The stories brought me to tears. The castle is in fantastic shape, and a not-to-miss is the museum and video that they play about the slave trade. One of the things that stands out in my mind is when the guide took us through all the dungeons and told us horrible stories. There is a door called “the door of no return”. When walking through the door, you see hundreds of people laughing, swimming, fishermen mending their nets, women selling things, and it brings a sen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2004

Cape Coast Castle

Accra, Ghana

Fitting in...

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Story/Tip

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One of the things that made me quite different from Africans was my skin color. To some people that was a big deal when traveling in West Africa of Africa in General but to me it really didn’t mean a thing. I felt just like a Ghanaian when I was living there. I dressed like them, I ate the food they did, I took public transport everywhere, and I was broke all the time (which was a major commonality between West Africans and myself). On one occasion, a friend of mine, Max, mentioned to his girlfriend that he was not my type because he was the wrong color. She commented “But she is white???”. Max replied, “SHHHHH, Don’t tell her that!” I think that statement characterized my state of mind when traveling...Read More