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Et maintenant, on visite un autre pays, et on peut practiquer le francais

Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | Views [570]

Le mercredi matin, nous nous sommes levees assez tôt et nous sommes alleés vers Burkina Faso, mais d’abord, il faut visiter immigration, à la frontier. Friendly Englsih speaking Ghanaian officials chatted to us, asked us where we were going and why ... Read more >

Photos: Northward bound

Saturday, 23 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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On the Northward trail....

Saturday, 23 Jan 2010 | Views [460] | Comments [2]

I left Mole reluctantly and headed back to Tamale to meet Kerstin, who was coming up from the south. It had only been a week but we greeted each other like long lost cousins! I’d met another German (a doctor, over here to research tropical diseases) ... Read more >

Photos: Mole

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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If Paradise is half as nice ...

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Views [376] | Comments [3]

…. then please let me be first in line! So here we are on our first day at the National Park. We got up all bright eyed and bushy tailed and started our guided safari walk through the jungle. First off were the numerous warthogs (ugly but ... Read more >

Getting to Mole National Park - but not as interesting as being there!

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Views [492]

Kerstin had to go back to Accra to sort out a visa for India so in theory I was travelling alone to meet Linn (aka Linn 1), the other volunteer I met in my first week, to go to Mole National Park in the north of Ghana. Whilst in Kumasi, ... Read more >

UPDATE Host family extraordinaire, their home and food

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | Views [595] | Comments [2]

Very early on, I introduced you to my host family in Swedru - Margaret the matriarch, Claudia (30) Junior (28) Peggy (24) Edu (3 and a half)and Ishi (2) and an absent Lois, mother of Edu and Ishi, who's living in London with her husband (and will send ... Read more >

Photos: My Swedru family

Saturday, 9 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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A little out of the ordinary

Saturday, 9 Jan 2010 | Views [803] | Comments [5]

Today's interesting trip was a visit to a fetish priest - or Okomfo - who becomes possessed by the spirit of a particular Oborom(one of the lesser deities in the Ashanti tradition) and acts as its mouthpiece. Our fetish priest was Nana Abass and he sits ... Read more >

Photos: Fetish shrine

Saturday, 9 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Last days at the orphanage

Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Last days at the orphanage

Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | Views [549] | Comments [5]

Monday saw us back at the orphanage after our NY break. Any order we had introduced - buying boxes to store nappies and baby clothes, dustbins for the rubbish strewn around - has gone out of the window and nappies were nowhere to be seen and more disturbingly, ... Read more >

Feeling slightly degenerate

Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Views [289] | Comments [1]

Well after trying unsuccessfully to get Barclays to part with my money, I went back to Swedru - and then promptly left to go away for New Year's Eve, again to the beach. When you're based in the south of Ghana, it's madness not to go to the beach at ... Read more >

Bad guys vs good guys

Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | Views [410] | Comments [10]

Today I went to the Arts and Crafts market to buy a few bits and pieces and was unlucky enough to have my purse stolen by a random chancer. Not sure how it happened as I always keep my rucksack firmly closed but if people want something enough ... I ... Read more >

Hide-ing at Christmas

Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | Views [281] | Comments [1]

Well now that I've joined the ranks of the "early birds", it was no difficulty to get up at 5 on Christmas eve to get an early morning tro-tro to Hideout Lodge, via Tokoradi and Agona Junction ... Four hours on a plastic seat, squashed between ... Read more >

Photos: Christmas at Hideout

Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Season's greetings to one and all - sorry no new pix this time

Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | Views [867] | Comments [11]

Dear all I just want to wish a very happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate it and season's greetings to those of you who don't. Happy New Year to one and all and I really hope that 2010 brings you health and happiness. I'm off to a place called ... Read more >

Shops to amuse you

Sunday, 20 Dec 2009 | Views [373] | Comments [1]

After yesterday's sad tales, I thought I'd lighten the blog somewhat by sending you some pix of shops that have struck me as particularly amusing. Pic 1 is for Keith, IT man spectaculaire, AKA Fix IT! See the name of the shop ... Pic 2 is called G-... Read more >

Photos: Shops to amuse you

Sunday, 20 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Every day there's a reason for tears ...

Saturday, 19 Dec 2009 | Views [312] | Comments [6]

.... inevitably. The pictures don't depict the sadness that's found daily at the orphanage but the following stories will - Since my first day, I've befriended a lovely 11-year old girl called Sofia. She's bright, articulate, helpful and pretty (see ... Read more >

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