Ellen Booraem: Why Ghana?
From: Freelance Ne’er-do-well
February 07, 2012 at 04:04PM
I’m chipping away at a Picasa album about my trip to Ghana, and have several blog posts planned. (The way I operate, that’ll take us through July at least.) So I figured I’d throw a few of my favorite pictures at you as a place-holder. They’re all of people: My traveling companion, Lisa, and I decided early on that, given a choice, we wanted to meet people more than we wanted to see monkeys and hippos. And, boy, did we ever.
I’ve heard it said that you go to East Africa for the landscape and West Africa for the people. Unlike most of what you hear about Africa, this turns out to be true, if Ghana’s any example. I hope we’d be as welcoming to a well-meaning but clumsy visitor to the U.S. , but I’m not 100 percent confident.
|Agodeke kids, on the porch outside Lisa’s and my room.|
|This is in the far north, in the village our host family calls home.|
|In the northern city of Wa, these ladies were making pito, the local beer brewed from millet. It has a bit of a kick.|
|The digital camera is your passport to anywhere: Everyone wanted their pictures taken and shown to them afterwards. That’s Lisa’s hand at left, vainly groping for her camera as these Wa market vendors yuck it up.|
More coming soon!