A Quick Stop in Paris!

We visited France for a few days. At first we thought it will be an interesting “escape”. In the past both of us had traveled to and had lengthy stays in France. Admittedly, the sparkling Eiffel tower at night still looked exciting. Walking on the Alexander bridge and visiting Grand Palais and Petit Palais at night seemed to be very different from taking a walk around the Statehouse, resembling a golden stool in Accra. ….. In addition to noticing the apparent differences, however, this time we started to wonder about a number of things; perhaps it was our Ghanian prospective kicking in ….Click  HERE to read more…..

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A Great Opportunity to Help!

We mentioned that we had visited Philip Quaque Boy School . As we got a bit more involved with the school, we managed helping them with some books and school supplies. The school really can use help in every area imaginable  (read our previous post ).P1110598

If you happen to be in Cape Coast area and you would like to do some voluntary work, and looking for a place to make direct positive impact, go to Philip Quaque Boy School. Talk to the Headmaster and he will give you some suggestions as to how you can assist the school. My feeling was that he is a very honest man, and that he sincerely wants to make the school conditions better for the children. He will arrange a tour around the school and you get to meet the children and teachers. If you need more information contact us! There are so many things you can do at this school: talk to the students, help the teachers with their webpages, assist with the school library, or help them with setting up the computers. They need help with completing the toilets and fixing the roofs. Maybe you can help them with grant writing (here is one grant opportunity) or fund raising. We hope you let us know how things are going. We wish you the best! Tell everyone at school we miss them🙂

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Philip Quaque Boy School

The past several weeks have been very nice. The classes are over, the weather is cool, the neighborhood is quiet (I think the roosters sleep longer in Summer and the dogs are getting along with each other), and we haven’t had any major case of power or water outage. By now, most people know we oversleep in the morning and get up at 6:30-7:00 am. So, lately, no one has been calling us at 5:30 or 6:00 am to check on us!DSCF6277

These days we tend to take longer walks around the town and have been able to visit stores and places we never had a chance to visit. One of those places is Philip Quaque Boy School. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE STORY

 

 

Trip to the Northern Region

Leaving Ghana without visiting the Northern Region would be a serious mistake! So, we decided to

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spend a week in the Northern Region and discover places like Tamale, Mole National Park, Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Paga, and Larabanga, and their surroundings. The trip ended up to be extremely interesting and educational. The text below is intended to encourage other travelers to visit the northern region of the country. The map on the figure shows the northern part of the country.

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Gold Mines in Tarkwa

A few weeks a go, along with a good friend, we took a road trip to Tarkwa and from there we visited Prestea-Huni district, one of the 260 or so districts in Ghana located in the Western Region.

Along the way, we were stopped by the police three times: first for not stopping at their barricade properly, then for driving too slowly, and finally for driving too fast! As for speeding, we were driving at 120 Km/h, while the speed limit was only 50Km/h! I am not quite sure how we got out of this one!

We briefly stopped at Tarkwa to visit the University of Mines and Technology and then headed towards Prestea-Huni and Bogoso. In Prestea we visited the District office. I received the latest district report about the area. The report contains lots of very interesting information about the area. At night we stayed at a friend’s house. He was extremely kind. This time, not only we ate Fufu, we also participated in the cooking process. …..CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Visiting Togo

NOTE: The Internet is too slow and we cannot upload the pictures. It is much easier and faster to post the PDF files! Many thanks for your kind comments.

Lomé, the capital of Togo, was once known as the Paris of West Africa. To get to Lomé from Ghana, we had to go to Alfao and then walk through the boarder. Alfao, is a beach city, with almost no paved road. Before we pass the boarder, we stopped by the ocean and took some pictures. Moments later a few police officers showed up and asked us why we were taking pictures. One of them asked, “don’t you have ocean where you live?” They asked us to delete all the pictures. After they found out one of us is holding an American passport, one said, “you Americans … why do you cause so many problems everywhere!” It seemed like the only thing that saved us was the fact that one of us was from Mexico. In Ghana the Mexican soap operas, telenovela, are very popular and almost everyone watches them. As soon as they saw the Mexican passport, they started naming different Mexican characters, and talking about them…. Seemed like we were off the hook. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…. 

Our Shoes

Every day we get up, we dress, get ready, and just before we leave we put on our shoes. So what happens if you don’t have a pair of shoes?

As we walk around the town we see so many kids with no shoes. Many of them have deformed feet. It is not uncommon to see a kid with misaligned toes, missing toe, or very large feet. In some cases, it looks like the toe was broken and then just put back together very carelessly. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…CLICK HERE TO READ MORE .….