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Feb 18, 2017 - Cape Coast, the epicentre of the transatlantic slave trade

We packed up Aminah (our transport and home for the next 3.5 months), said our farewells to the Sleepy Hippo (and the lovely staff there - Richard [aka Will Smith]; Patricia; and Miriam), and left Jason to collect the passports once the visas had been issued. Then, off we set, for the Cape Coast - the axis of the transatlantic slave trade. The drive down the coast was uneventful enough: the wayside scenery was lush; the construction industry noticeably active; the roadside hawkers abundant; and the litter unrelenting. We pulled into Cape...

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Feb 2, 2012 - The Kiterunners

Hey Everybody, Entertainment Here in Africa the children rarely have toys. The kids entertain themselves by using refuse to have fun. For example kids run through the red dust covered streets rolling a used bicycle or motobike tire. Some times they use a stick and sometimes they use their hands to propel the rubber. The kids also find used jerry cans and use them as sleds to ride down a small hill. My favourite toy that the African children play with is the kite. The children patch together a kite from sticks, some paper and a string. The...

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Jan 18, 2012 - Mole National Park

Hey Everyone, I wanted to share with everyone some of the highlights of my trip to Mole National Park. Naughty Monkeys I was staying at the Mole Motel in Mole National Park. Mole National Park is the top destination to go to in Ghana to see wildlife. The motel has a troop of baboons who congregate there. The baboons range in size and age, but they all seem to have one thing in common. They like to steal food and get into trouble. One of the baboons who was carrying a baby, snuck up on an unsuspecting patron who was having lunch. The baboon...

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Jan 16, 2012 - Tamale

Hey Everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that I reached my first stop in the Northern Region which is Tamale. Tamale is one of the major cities in Ghana and is noted for the following: Being flat, hot, and loaded with people on bicycles. Highlights of my trip so far include the following: 1. At a toll both, I found a sign which noted different prices for different vehicles. Motobikes pay one price, pick up trucks pay another and mummy wagons have their own price. I am not exactly sure what a mummy wagon is, but I am thinking that I...

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Jan 13, 2012 - The Safari - Into the Deep End

Hey Everyone, The Mission I wanted to let everyone know that I am headed on a solo mission to Northern Ghana. I am on a quest to experience the quintessential African experience, which is to see wild animals in the savanna. The destination is Mole National Park, which is located in the north western part of Ghana. Two options exist for a safari tour: first is the guided walk with an armed guard (nice) and second is a jeep tour that helps one penetrate deeper into the bush. Primates, elephants, warthogs, duikers (African antelope) and a...

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Jan 11, 2012 - Great Expectations

Hey Everyone, Expectations I wanted to share with everyone one of the major differences that I find between the rank and file Ghanaian and the rank and file Canadian/American/German/etc. Here in Africa people don't have the extremely high expectations that people back home have. Many of us in the West have an expectation that we will have a nice house, a great job, beautiful a wife or a handsome husband and a long list of many other things. The catch with this is that reality rarely is consistent with these high expectations. Perhaps we...

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Jan 2, 2012 - What I Learned in Africa

Hello everyone, As some of you may know, I use Google Docs for a range of things. For those who don't know, Google Docs is a way of storing word and spreadsheet documents in your Gmail account. You can access your work anywhere in the world if you have an internet connection. I use Google Docs for saving goal setting, planning, and self-reflection documents. I created one titled "What I learned in Africa." I want to share with everyone this document. See below. - I learned to be grateful for being Canadian - I learned to be grateful for...

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Dec 19, 2011 - Excursion to the Coast

Hey everybody, I wanted to share my latest travel story to the coast. Last weekend I travelled from my home base to Kakum National Park, Elmina Castle and a beach resort near Ampenyi. The Departure I woke up at 1:00am to travel to the Kumasi teaching hospital to meet up with my friend Han. Han is a medical student from Holland who is doing a rotation in Ghana. Han's fellow medical students and I loaded onto two buses to head out at 4:00am. Kakum National Park This is a protected rainforest that has a suspended canopy walk. The canopy walk...

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Dec 6, 2011 - The Night of the Long Knives Part II

Hey, Knight of the Long Knives Part II For everyone who read the Knight of the Long Knives, I wanted to share a story that happened the next night. I was on the balcony with my host brother and we observed a pack of African men marching through the streets. There was probably hundreds of them. The group was armed with machetes and they were swinging them wildly. In addition, they were creating fire balls. I was told that the marchers, put kerosene in their mouth and expel it onto an open flame to create a big fireball. Nice! Gunshots erupt...

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Dec 5, 2011 - The Night of the Long Knives

Hey Everyone, Fireworks A couple of nights ago I was watching TV at home base with my host brothers. We heard a commotion outside and we all went to the balcony to see what was going on. What we saw was a mob of African men armed with machetes and long knives running like a pack of wild dogs through the streets. Some of them dragged the blades along the ground, sparks flew like fireworks. The band ran in one direction and then another. Personal property was damaged as these thugs went on a rampage. Despite dozens of witnesses no police...

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Dec 3, 2011 - Ghanaian Dating

The Exchange In Ghana, dating between men and women is very different from Canada. Usually, back home you meet a guy or girl and maybe you like spending time with him and you develop a relationship. The relationship is based on enjoying spending time together, common interests, chemistry and life visions. The thing is, here in Ghana dating is very different. Women typically want something and men want something. Women expect the man to provide forow and lacks meaning. T them. They want credits for their cell phone, clothes, drinks and...

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Dec 3, 2011 - Enter the Whipping Boy

Hey Everyone, The Decision I wanted to let everyone know that I made a decision to resign from the Arabic-English school which I had been assigned to. As you will recall, the children were being treated very poorly and were subjected to an incessant onslaught of abuse. Please see "Enter Sargeant Slaughter". I was able to find a position at another organization. This one is a rehabilitation centre for the mentally and physically disabled children, youth and adults. The facility trains the students in shoe making, dressmaking and other...

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