Trip Start Mar 11, 2005
28Trip End Mar 27, 2005
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After breakfast we go to catch the tro-tro. We walk from Daniel's house out to the main road to catch it. Shawn teases Daniel it is 10 KM out to the road and this becomes a running joke while we are with him. I'm not feeling well again this morning and I down some Gravol and Pepto and pray that everything stays inside where it should.
The tro-tro arrives and it would be what we call full when it arrives
The driver first took us up to the top of the dam and we worked our way inside. Kailey was busy handing out Ontario Power Generation pens that they had given us to bring to give away. It didn't take long for word to get out there was a girl giving out freebies as men were literally coming out of the walls to get a pen. We gave a windup radio/lantern to our driver. I tried to get him to sell me his shirt, but he wouldn't part with it. It was a Volta River Authority 40th Anniversary shirt 1961-2001. He said he would try to get me one. We had a tour of the dam inside and out and made arrangements to meet with the director for a few minutes.
We went to the town of Akosombo. The township of Akosombo was built in 1961 to house the workers involved in the creation of Ghana's largest dam, a clay and rock construction that measures 370m across and from top to bottom. The largest man made lake in the world, Lake Volta, was created when building the dam. We have a home movie of Shawn and his brothers swimming in the town pool and we wanted to see if we could do the same - swim in the same pool he had 40 years ago. We took a quick drive to see if we could see his old house, but he said they all looked the same to him. While Kailey and I swam, Daniel and Shawn walked back up to the top of the hill where he knew his house was and tried again to locate the house without any luck. The boys didn't want to come in the pool they just wanted to eat. We got the driver to take us to the Volta Hotel where the boys had fried chicken and fries, Shawn had an omelet and I ordered meatballs that came with fries and Kailey ordered spaghetti so we mixed up the spaghetti and meatballs when they came. Daniel and the driver would not eat, even though I said I was buying, they thought it was just too expensive to eat there. The driver did accept a beer. Beer and water are the same price (at least here at the hotel)
When we left, Daniel wanted to take us to the market. Shawn just wanted to buy beer, water and pop - it had been a very long day. We went to the market anyway - what an experience! People kept touching Kailey. It was so packed cars were driving so close I was afraid someone's toes were going to get run over. We followed Daniel through the market, trying not to get lost all the while holding our breath. There sure were lots of sights to see - we mostly went through the produce section. We sure got a lot of stares!