Thursday, July 8, 2010
Today was our first day in Ghana! After an 11 hour flight, we were all very excited to be in Africa! We had quite the experience when we got off the plane; we were immediately greeted by several eager young Ghanaian men willing to help with our luggage. Amber was even lucky enough to get a marriage proposal within minutes of us arriving in the country.
We were then introduced to our tour guide, Fuseini, who brought us into the wonderful city of Accra. We started off the day by visiting the Ghana National Museum and President Kwame Nkrumah National Monument. Both were extremely interesting and interactive, but all of us were exhausted from the flight. Our first meal in Ghana was in OSU at the Pizza Inn. Then we went out to explore the city! It was quite an experience as well. The driving was completely insane! Dr. Clerico was not exaggerating when he described driving in Ghana with the statement, "It is more important to have a horn in Ghana than brakes." Horns were going off left and right. While we were walking taxis would honk at us to offer a ride. Needless to say, it was a bit overwhelming. The shops were incredible, but we all kept our promise of not buying anything on the first day.
We then were able to check in at the Sun Lodge Hotel and finally rest. For dinner the hotel served a traditional Ghanaian meal. That consisted of spicy chicken, grouper, beef and vegetables, potatoes and rice. We drank soda out of glass bottles and are collecting bottle caps to use in future lessons. We are soaking in every minute of being here! Please keep us in your prayers!
P.S. Akwaaba means welcome and Yah is the appropriate response.