There was only one week to go in our CSC assignment and during the last week-end team members were divided on their opinions where should we go. The options were
- Week-end trip to places like Amedzoke, Gemi Mountain, Wli Water Falls and Tafi Monkey Sanctuary.
- Places nearby Accra.
I was getting tired off the travelling, work etc., we were doing over the past two weeks and part of me also wanted to see more of Accra – the city we are living in. We are spoilt for Choices everywhere! In such cases, one of my team members – Gerard flips a coin and takes a scientific decision. It’s better to follow such methods instead of debating and analyzing on not so serious issues.
We had hardly toured Accra except OSU for eating-out, Accra Mall for shopping and money exchange & Arts market for handicraft shopping. After deliberations, our whole team decided to stick to seeing Accra. With inputs from Francis, a plan was drawn to spend the weekend.
Over the past two weeks, I had heard this name from many people and I was curious to see how a market is in Ghana. Is it similar to Indian market or something different?
In the end it turned out to be a much bigger and crowded market than the Jayanagar 4th block Market. Even though I was in Bangalore for 6 years, I never visited the Jayanagar 4th block Market. Just before departing to Ghana, I went there looking for some souvenirs and do some other shopping.
It seems this place won’t leave us until we leave Ghana as this is the third time we visited this place. This time I purchased some wooden handicrafts. It is mandatory to bargain here, otherwise you will be fleeced.
Question: How do you bargain?
Answer: Local guides told us that divide the price by 3 and then start from there. I added one more rule to it – compare prices of similar products back home and then tell your quote.
Botanical Gardens – Aburi Hills
There were many varieties of the trees over there and it was such a pleasant sight to soak your eyes in greenery for 3 hours.
View from Aburi Hills
Entrance of botanical garden
Its no wonder Ghanaian people are masters in wooden handicrafts.
Steps – Light House
Our Tro-Tro driver wasn’t sure which way to go to Jamestown as there were lot of one-ways. In the traffic intersection, a person got into our bus and introduced himself as Nice One. He offered to show us around Jamestown area consisting of fish markets and Light House. It’s like fish market back home in India and the interesting part for me is the light house. I was excited to climb up the stairs in the light house and enjoy the view from there.
Independence Square / Accra Sports Stadium
Daily we had driven past this on our way to office, but today we spent some time there taking loads and loads of pictures. Is this the difference of seeing the area and being in the area?
Initially there were thoughts about seeing a football match in the Accra Sports Stadium. But then time availability and this post by previous CSC team made us not to think of that again. Instead we decided to visit the stadium just to see around and click some pictures.
Even though we had visited two beaches earlier in the last two weeks, we opted to visit another beach as there is nothing much to do in Accra. Also this was one of the top recommended activities by tripadvisor / local people.
Bojo Beach Restaurant
Is n’t it a nice way to relax in the beach?
Compared to the La Palm Beach which we visited earlier, the beach was much calm and just had the right amount of crowd for fun. I played beach football with some Ghanaian people and found it very tough to cope up with them even for 5-10 minutes.
Some people of different origins were playing beach volleyball and I asked whether I can join them. They welcomed me and it was pure fun to be out there in the beach. There were some Indian people in that group and I was surprised to hear about the Mahatma Gandhi University in Ghana.
There will be some instances where an unknown nice person whom you meet without even exchanging names will stay in memory. I had one such experience when I met a nice gentleman from Polynesia as we played the volleyball in same team.
Q: At the end of week-end, did I get some rest that I was hoping for?
A: The trips were relaxing & fun and I didn’t felt tired like the last trip to Volta. But then there were always some unexpected activities which will alter the course of your plan. More on that in the posts to come….