06.04.2007 - 10.04.2007 32 °C
So after much flying, rather blissful in fact, we arrived in Accra around 6am on Good Friday. After manditory haggle with the taxi driver we were awarded with the being "good bargainers" and got our lift to our hotel, Date Palm Hotel. Rather intimidated and hesitant as we entered, as one always is when you arrive in a strange place on shoestring budget, we sat down on the bed and stated the oft-to-be-repeated "now what". This has become somewhat of a moto between Simone and I. The hotel was rather strange, only men and many dark corridors, but while having drinks in the courtyard, bumped into 2 obrunis (white poeple in local language) who are volunteering here in Ghana. Funny, most obrunis you meet here arein fact not travelling but volunteering...we feel quite special really! So after some chatting and a few beers, we agreed to join them for the Easter weekend in a local community run beach hangout near Ada Foure, east of Accra. Was great to have a break and get some tips from them, some who have been in Accra for 9 months, on the local customs (like only giving and receiving things from people with your right hand). Spent my 28 birthday in this rather idyllic paradise,sipping shandies, waiting up to 3 hours for so-so local food and doing pretty much very little but reading, eating, drinking, lying around and swimming... perfect!
Back in Accra today, we spent the day getting our Burkina Faso visa. Oh my god! If only we had known how easy it would be we would never even have bothered going to the French Embassy in CPT. Literally, 3 photos, passport and enough cash... one hour later you have your visa! BLISS!! and people say Africa is not efficient??? Anyhoo. Will try for some more visas tomorrow and report back to see if all is so smooth. PS Simone's french is the shizniks!!! Sweating like pig, but a happy one nonetheless I now bid farewell until next time.