The Hans Cottage
Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
21Trip End May 10, 2007
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We're staying at the Hans Cottage Botel just outside Elmina for our first night in the area. The trotro ride was pretty uneventful, except for the 30 minute sermon we had at the beginning of the ride. There was a guy standing at the front of the trotro going on very loudly. We couldn't understand him, but he was right in front of us and practically yelling so we couldn't block him out either. Everyone on the trotro prayed with him twice before and after the sermon, then luckily he got off.
A bit about trotros. Trotros are like small vans, that people use to get from place to place. They are relatively cheap (about $3.00 for the 4+ hour ride from Kumasi to Cape Coast, costing a little extra if you have a big bag with you), but they cram as many people on as possible and they are hot, everyone is sweaty
We arrived to Cape Coast and had to get a taxi to the Hans Cottage
The Hans Cottage is really nice - Lisa had stayed here last week while she was in Elmina. Everyone remembers her and gave her hugs when we came in. She had left her big bag to store here and only took a small one to Accra and Kumasi - it's so nice not to carry everything you have everywhere, I can't wait to leave my stuff as be venture out from here. The people are wonderful and so helpful. The place has a lot of rooms in a couple different buildings, then a restaurant with patio that sits on a lagoon with crocodiles! There's also a pool and a room with computers for internet which is so nice (only about 60 cents for 1 hour!) Also they take credit cards, which is nice not to have to keep changing, or withdrawing, so much money
Lisa left early for Accra this morning to pick up Dr. Gilliam, one of the many people coming here. She let me sleep in (when you go to bed around 10 sleeping in means 6 or 7 am) and enjoy breakfast this morning - which I had with a nice crocodile on the shore near my table and some beautiful yellow birds that chirped loudly when I sat down, but now seem to be okay with me here. Eggs, fresh pineapple and I had 3 cups of coffee! It was so relaxing just sitting and listening to the birds and enjoying the morning. A nice slow change to what has been a crazy adventurous trip so far J It's relatively cool this morning and nice to get a shower and not be sweating within minutes.
We'll be spending the next couple weeks in Elmina at another guesthouse that is closer to the center of town and then a really nice hotel when the larger group is here, because it'll be easier to have meetings and get work done if we're all closer together (the Hans is about 9 km outside of Elmina).
Other fun Ghana stuff:
So most Ghanaians in this area are Christian (there's more of a Muslim population in the north)
Only God Knows Electronics
Anointed Touch Beauty Studio
Jesus Is My All in All Fashion
Jesus Is My Rock Enterprises
Unfortunately I tried to upload some pictures to this site or Kodak's photo page, but it's incredibly slow. I'll keep trying slowly and send many more when I get back.