We’re Ghana get right back where we started from..

The mornings in Bolga are my favorite part of the day. This morning a rooster followed by two further away roosters woke me up. I could hear the women sweeping the dirt around the hotel compound. The aroma of charcoal fires sweetened the morning air. The breeze is ever so slight. It is time for my cup of coffee.

On Sunday morning iwasawakened bya knock on my door. There were 7 elephants roaming behind our lodges. They were stopping to defoliate the trees and bushes. It was suchasight as I hadn’t imagined.

We had two safaris on Saturday. The first was the game safari. Again we saw elephants but also baboons, some with babies, monkeys, two kinds, a bunch of warthogs kneeling so they could get the grass and Kob deer. None of this ever gets less than wonderful. During the safari we stopped for a light breakfast, coffee and egg sandwiches. The rug, mat, was strewn over the hood. A large basket held our breakfast. It was an amazing breakfast, rather a light breakfast as we had our regular one back at the lodge. The afternoon safari was through towns. We stopped at the Larabanga Mosque, built in 1421. We also took a dugout ride down the Mole River. Our last stop was at a village where they make Shea butter, and we were shown the process. Dinner, back at the lodge, was Indian food, remarkable Indian food as the chef is Indian. Just before dinner was the most unbelievable thunder storm. The lodge shook. The lightning was zig zag from the sky to the ground. It was across the sky in rows. The rain was torrential. It was awesome.

We left at noon on Sunday for Bolga. It took 5 1/2 hours. We kept running into small rain showers but no big storms. When we finally got to Bolga, we went to the Sira Inn foot the evening. It is owned by a relative of Grace’s so we felt a bit obligated. The place was awful. We had been at Zania Lodge, heaven, and now we were at one of the rings of hell. On Tuesday morning we hired a driver for the day,and we and our suitcases moved to Comme Si Comme Sa where I had stayed in 2011. They have a new building, and it is round like a traditional compound. My ceiling is rounded and covered in wood. The room is enormous. There is hot water and AC.

Yesterday we went to the bank, the PO and the market which, though a market day, was empty as it was raining. We went to SWOPA, a women’s craft cooperative where I got to shop a bit. After that it as to the hotel and rested. Last night former students and a teacher came to the hotel and joined us for dinner. We had jollof rice and Guinea fowl for dinner. It was a wonderful Ghanaian meal.

Today we are going to the weaving village and to Bongo a wonderful village looking like my Bolga in the old days. Now for breakfast and then more touring.

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12 Comments on “We’re Ghana get right back where we started from..”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Hi Kat – salutations to you and the defoliating elephants from Detroit. Very glad to get an update this morning and a trip to Bongo sounds like a music filled croc free experience

    There will be new Lenny for you when you get home. Its actually rather good.

    Can you share any photos with us ?

    Enjoy your travels – Tottenham Hotspur in Moscow this afternoon in Champions League play

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, good luck for Tottenham! Sorry I can’t cross any fingers for Tottenham because I need all of them for Dortmund, they are playing against Real Madrid today.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – What is wrong with FC Shalke 04 ? Going down ?

        I wish you well today against the Team Bale – and we have to get some sort of result against the Russkies. Only live TV here is on a Fox pay station so I will be following the BBC text

        Did you see the new gigantic Bob Dylan Box Set ? 36 discs of the 1966 tour with The Band. Unbelievable.

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley,
        Schalke, who? No, seriously, it’s sad to see Schalke struggling. Management and coach problems and a bad club atmosphere for quite some time now.
        Just 1:1 🙂 Dortmund is also only on pay-TV so I’m listening to webradio. Apparently no goals in Moscow yet?

        Dear local library, please buy Dylan’s new 1966 box set, I want to listen but I dont want to pay for 36 CDs 😉

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No crocs on this visit. There have been 2 updates so do check around.

      I do regret missing the debate. What did you think?

      Today is hot and humid. We are old and need AC but we are eating outside and loving the meal, even with the bats!

  2. Birgit Says:

    What a wonderful trip! Have a great time and thanks for the update.
    I too hope for some photos when you are back home again 🙂

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    At first I thought you were going to say the elephants were knocking on your door. Whoa! That’s far too close to the wildlife. 🙂
    Your trip sounds wonderful. I even envy the thunderstorm which I normally would not like at all.
    Have lots more fun.

  4. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear of you are having a great time. Elephants, warthogs and baboons not in a zoo must be a wonderful sight. Here the baseball season is coming to an end and the Rangers, Red Sox and Tigers are fighting it out for home field advantage through the playoffs. Last night was the big debate between Trump and Hillary which was watched by a record 81 million viewers. It was outstanding entertainment. Trump came off rude, amateurish and lost his cool on several occasions.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Seeing the elephants was beyond fantastic. They were right by our rooms.

      I wasp sorry not to see the debate. We tried but couldn’t. Yesterday we read all we could about the debate. thanks for adding more.


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