And this is the final Ghana-related post! Unless, of course, I decide to do some actually helpful travel-blogging style posts about Ghana in the future which is on my list of things to do but so are about half a million other things (including Kickstarter rewards which are a daily event) so don’t hold your breath?
1. Feeding monkeys at the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary (in the Volta region)
The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is one of the best (if not THE best) ecotourism projects in Ghana.
The mona monkeys are native to the area and for a long time were sacred – the spirits of fallen warriors. But as Ghana “developed” the monkeys stopped being protected and started dying. A couple years back, members of the village got together to start protecting them again, creating the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary.
There are seven different monkey troupes, each with several dozen members. They rotate through the village and surrounding forest (there aren’t any fences or anything – they have complete freedom). The price of admission comes with a guide who will take you through the village and forest to look for monkeys and a bundle of bananas to feed them.
Neither Ryosuke nor I had ever been to an animal sanctuary and were pleasantly surprised by how friendly the monkeys were.
2. The beach
Okay, so I really liked the beach. Sorry, not sorry.
3. Getting ridiculous matching clothes with Ryosuke
Most Ghanaians have at least one set of perfectly tailored clothes for special events, like church, weddings, and funerals. Certain areas of the country specialize in fabric dying and you can buy these gorgeous pattern fabrics (like the one I’m wearing below).
Ryosuke and I got a couple pairs of matching clothes made while we were in Ghana, shirts, skirts, shorts, etc.
Once summer hits Japan we’re going to be very fashionable~
4. The food (again)
Ghanaian fried rice with shitto is quite possibly one of my favorite foods. Ever.
I forgot to bring a jar of shitto back with me to Japan but mark my words, I’m going to find a way to get it here.
5. The “don’t urinate here” signs
During my three weeks in Ghana I saw well over one hundred Ghanaian men peeing on the side of the road (into the gutters) or against a wall. It’s actually a problem.
Hence the signs. Like this:
So I actually have more of these photos… but how many “don’t urinate here” pictures do you REALLY need to see?
6. Exploring a furniture factory
On one of our last days in Ghana we were able to tour Furnart, a quality furniture factory in central Accra. We learned it was one of the only furniture companies in Ghana that was able to compete with foreign-made products. It was interesting to see how the factory was run.
7. Dancing with my darling
I love vacation- dancing in an empty restaurant when our favorite song comes on after drinking a bit too much beer.
We’re back in Japan now. We had a wonderful time traveling in Ghana… but it’s good to be home.
This was my husband’s first time in Africa and I’m proud to say he loved it. We’re already planning our trip to Ghana next year to see my parents again.