Friday, September 26, 2014

Kakum National Park, Ghana

From Cape Coast we took a day trip to Kakum National Park. While the park is much bigger than what we saw, we mostly went for the canopy walk which gave some great views, was a fun experience and it was just nice to be in an actual forest again! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cape Coast, Ghana

Our visit to Cape Coast was short but fruitful non the less. One of our first stops was the old Fort or "castle" where from slaved were held and sent across the ocean. I was really impressed by the guided tour and it added a lot to the visit. There was a pretty lame 20 cedi fee to take photos, but between the blue skies and water I decided to just fork over the money- and in the end I was glad I did. 

Right next to the old fort is where the fishermen set out from. Luckily the stink of fish doesn't waft around Cape Coast too much- yay sea breezes! 

We also to a walk to the top of Fort William lighthouse which made for some pretty spectacular views. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Nok Caves at Nano

While up in Savannes I got a chance to take a trip to the Nok Caves. Built into the side of the hill are little grottos and caves that people used as hiding places during raids from the 17-19th centuries. 

Nice view, no?

A waterfall on the cliff side that provided water for the people hiding out there

The circular things are little granaries that were used to store food

Traditional houses up north and pretty greenery
All in all a great trip up north!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Site Visit Chez Amelia

Les grandes vacances finally gave me time in the school year to see more of Togo. I took advantage of our mid service conference and the free ride up to Savannes afterward with other volunteers and finally got to see Amelia's village. And Amelia lives in a vrai village. While I say my post is a village, I have 7000. Hers is 700- and that's after walking 4km. The families around her only total 100. 

Despite the small population the market is full of tchakpa- a alcoholic millet brew that tastes a bit like hard cider and a requirement of a trip up north.

Lots of corn. And Amelia. 

She has some of the most beautiful views from chez elle

So much greenery! The advantage of visiting during rainy season

Many of the people in her village still live the traditional mud brick and thatched houses. These are far less common down south and are often rectangular rather than square if you do find them 
Amelia was a gem of a host and it was really fantastic getting to see a very different slice of life here in Togo, especially with such fantastic views.