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That Time I went on my first West African road trip....

So...by this time I have been in Ghana almost a month. It's time for a west african road trip

Hell yeah. Hey, by the way, the bus company we took to Kumasi is owned by none other than Greyhound. It was called STC. Currently the ticket from Acrra to Kumasi costs $12.

This is the transportation service that's probably the safest in the nation, and you can check them out here: http://beta.stcghana.com.gh/


Anyways...let's get on with it.

Alright so this weekend that passed I went to Kumasi, a town of maybe
750,000 about 5 hours or 150 kms north of Accra. The second largest city in
the country Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Region. It was pretty
sweet, I'm not going to lie

Anyhow, on friday in the morning we left for Kumasi, only being 150 kms, I was
surprised when I was told by a bus driver the journey would take 4 hours.
Well he was wrong, it took about 6.

The first hour was spent simply trying to get out of Accra, which is hard enough. At any rate we finally got out and on our way. The road to Kumasi is in fairly good shape by Ghanaian standards, so going there the journey was long but fairly uneventful. On
the bus I talked to the guy beside me who worked for the head of office of
The Ghana Power Corporation and he told me since we are now coming into the
rainy season, and it's been raining at the dam, our blackout days are over.


And it has seemed that way, the power has been on for a week now with no
interruption. At any rate we arrived in Kumasi at about 4, got us a hotel
room, and went about the city.

Strange as this may seem Kumasi despite being a lot smaller population wise is actually a really busy place. I'm thinking the main reason for this is Accra, though busy, is HUGE, Kumasi is very small but jammed pack with cars, people, and whatever else.


The first night we went to the cultural centre and saw some Ghanian dancing, it was
real good. The next day we went to the market in Kumasi, way bigger then
the markets in Accra, and the largest market in west africa. It was HUGE,
encompassing something like 14 football fields. There's a section for
everything. They also had the largest escargot for sale I had ever seen.
These snails were approximately the size of my hand.

Later on that day we went on a tour of a museum about the ashanti people, it was pretty
cool. The ashanti's had quite the conflict with the British.


Even later on that day we went to a lake called lake bosomtwe. To get there we
had to ride for half an hour in a tro tro, in which I got the front centre
seat. That was a bit nerve racking but, we were okay. We then got in a taxi
which took us to a village: Akonu, from there the paved road ended and we
rode in the taxi down a 4 km dirt road which was intense. Down this road
was real rural africa, we went passed 3 villages, none of which had any
electricty, cars, or running water. As the taxi drove by the children would
run after it shouting "obruni obruni" aka white man. However the place we
stayed at called the rainbow lodge had all of these, and by western
standards was a bargain.

We stayed at the lake saturday night, it was very serene and beautiful. On sunday we had a 2 o clock bus leaving from Kumasi so we got a taxi at about 11 and rode back to the tro tro station and then from there back to kumasi.


Near the end of the tro tro ride I saw probably the craziest thing yet. A tro tro flew by us as we stopped to let off some passengers and hanging onto the back of this tro was a man wearing rollerblades being towed along. Even the africans thought this was crazy.

At any rate we managed to make it home eventually at around 8 30 in the

Okay that's all for now.

(Pictured: Kumasi)

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