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Dec 28, 2011 - The End of A Chapter and the Beginning of a New One

Hello Everybody, I wanted to let everyone know that I have just finished my volunteer work at the Edwenase Rehabilitation Centre. The students have gone on a break and they return to their villages to be with their families until March 3rd, 2012. This means that I am free to try something new. I am currently looking at different travel options. My top priority is to go to Mole National Park where there is a range of different animals. So here I am closing a chapter in my life. My little buddy Bright and I have parted ways. When you come to...

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Dan's Travel Blog

Dec 16, 2011 - About a Boy

The Posting I wanted to let everyone know about the work that I do hear in Ghana. I have been posted to the Edwenase Rehabilition Centre in Kumasi. While there I met a young lad named Bright. For those of you who read the blog titled the whipping boy you will recall that he is the smallest of the lot and he gets a lot of abuse. The Boy Bright is a 14 year old boy who is deaf and I would reckon has down syndrome. He has the cognitive functioning of a 3 year old. The lad sits idly during his shoemaking class and tends to get into a lot of...

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Dan's Travel Blog

Nov 7, 2011 - 7 November - Kumasi

Today we explored Kumasi, with the help of a local guide, Peter. Ghana was celebrating their Tabaski festival (also known as Eid-al-Kebir) - Mali celebrated their day last Saturday. First of all we drove out of town to an Ashanti house which has been preserved and is open to tourists. The Ashanti are one of the main tribes in Ghana, and have much wealth in the form of gold. They have a king and a Queen Mother, who can be the sister, niece, aunt or mother of the king. The king can have as many wives as he likes, although the present king has...

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Aug 16, 2008 - Kumasi

Here we are in Kumasi after a very long day on the road - up at 4 to catch the tro tro for 5 - arrival in Kumasi at 2:30. Thankfully we are with good friends to have it an enjoyable journey - Mr. Denis (the class 3 teacher Nick assisted before school ended, as well as our Spanish friend, Emma). So far so good in Kumasi. The city is SO clean and feels really modern. There are sidewalks and we have only heard Obruni calls on a couple of occassions and no one has asked "Obruni Obruni, where are you going?" Not that I mind it when we are asked...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Kumasi

Oops, I'm going backwards again. When I was in Accra there was a TV advert for a game of football here tomorrow (Sunday) so I thought I'd come up to see it. Ashanti from Kumasi against Wikki Tourists from Nigeria in the African Confederation Cup. I'm thinking of treating myself to a VVIP ticket (yes, two verys). Well, I think there were approximately two too many V's and one too many I's in VVIP. The seats were the same hard plastic as in the rest of the ground, there were no canapes, no free booze, not even a program. The only benefit of...

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Mar 8, 2008 - Kumasi

One thing I think I keep forgetting to mention about travelling through Africa so far is the music. The soundtrack to this trip from small towns to the backs of dusty taxis and buses has been fantastic, the music in Ghana is pants! I'm being inflicted with "Jesus is lovely, we're all lovely, we all love Jesus" smarm all day every day. Never has the mp3 function on my mobile been more used. Anyone for another bus story? I thought not, I'll make this one brief. After the ridiculous 4am start from Mole we made it back to Tamale by 8:30 that...

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Dec 19, 2007 - Kumasi

Dec 19 Left on time and arrived at about noon:30 in Kumasi...taxi took us to Presbyterian Guesthouse, chkd in, ate and headed to train station where we had hoped to hop a train for onward travel. Found it was not only closed - no trains- but the entire area was being engulfed by further expansion of the Kejetia Market, the largest market in W. Africa!!! We only skirted the edge of the market being a bit concerned about pick pockets(its very tight alleys and huge #s of people make it ideal for such an enterprise). Walking to Natl Cultural...

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Feb 16, 2007 - Hello Again from Kumasi Ghana!

Well we have arraived at our 5th and final country and we are nearing the end of our trip. It has been an amazing trip so far, the trip of a lifetime really. Hopfully the first of many trips of a lifetime to come. Looking forward to coming home and visiting all our friends and family but at the same time jelous of the people continuing on with the truck to Dakar and on to end in England. We will have to come back again for those trips! We are both doing very well and at sometimes overwhelmed by the areas and amounts of people in the larger...

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Nov 29, 2006 - Kumasi

Tome un bus a Kumasi, la capital del Imperio Ashanti, el imperio del oro, uno de los mas importantes de Africa. Kumasi es la unica ciudad en Africa occidental donde se puede hacer algo de "sightseeing". Ademas se puede caminar mas o menos tranquilo y tener algunas comodiades. Primero fui a ver un museo militar (el antiguo fuerte ingles) con muchas cosas sobre la conquista e independencia de Ghana, entre ellas todos los amuletos, escudos, pocimas, y demas que supuestamente usaban los Ashanti (aconsejados por los chamanes, cuando no) para...

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Oct 27, 2005 - From the Train to Kumasi

Start: Train from Takoradi End: Kumasi Weather: Warm & Sweaty After a sound sleep, broken briefly by intermittent stops, presumably to drop off and pick up passengers, I awoke for the final time when the train was stopped in Dunkwa in the early morning light. This town was just over midway between Takoradi and Kumasi and it had taken about 9 hours to get there. However, in the cool of the morning and with the fan working, it was now very pleasant in my exclusive 1st Class compartment. It became even cooler when the train started moving...

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May 28, 2005 - Monkey See, Monkey Steal

From Kumasi to the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary was 180 km in a tro tro, so I got up really early expecting a long day. I was at the tro tro park at like 6:15 a.m. where I bought my $1.60 ticket. Then I got into the tro tro and started the waiting game. There were only 2 other people in the tro tro so we had to wait until it was full before we could leave. At 7:30 the car was crammed so we hit the sometimes paved yet always bumpy road. By 10:30 a.m. I had reached the nearest town to Boabeng-Fiema, where I had to change tro tros. At around...

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Nina In Africa

Jan 12, 2005 - Onward to Kumasi

Off to Kumasi we went! This is Yaw's home region and he seemed eager to share it with us all. Kumasi is in the Ashanti Region and is full of tradition and pride. Kumasi has traffic unlike any city I have ever traveled to in the world. There are stoplights but they are not used and there is CONSTANT gridlock. Insane! Our driver, Wofua is incredible! We shifted our plans a bit and ended up going to the Kings Palace. Here we learned more about the Ashanti culture and the role of the chief. Here we learned a lot about traditional life in a...

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