We have now been in Ghana for a week and most of us have gotten our bearings. After a scheduled week full of site visiting, market exploring, learning, drumming, and dancing, Kojo took us out to see the nightlife of Ghana. On friday night the entire group got dressed up, and we headed out to the Oasis Beach Resort. The night was filled with dancing to both American music and Ghanian music. We heard familiar Akon, Rihanna, and Wiz Khalifa songs, but also songs by Ghanian hip hop artists that were so much fun to dance to! All of us had our own dancing adventures and you could say we were all free styling. Some made new friends and others danced on stage! I had so much fun dancing I lost my headband!
Saturday night we went to Goil the gas station around the corner from Fairhill. No you did not read that wrong, we actually went to a gas station! The facility had a stage with live music and 3 large screens showing the soccer game, pardon me, the football game. There were lots of places to sit and enjoy each other’s company and the environment we were in. People were dancing at their tables including Rashaad and me! Goil was definitely a more laid back environment but just as enjoyable.
Today we had our first free day! Several people went with Sammy (one of the staff members here at Fairhill) to church. From what I hear, it was very hot, but interesting to see the different traditions. The group that went to church talked about the dancing and the way people would stand up to be blessed and then would fall as people rushed to catch them. It seems quite different from American traditions and I am hoping to go in the future. When the church group returned we headed out to Oasis beach. The beach had large waves and we were struck by the trash on the beach. While it did not seem to bother the locals,many of us realized we are still in a developing country and this was not like our American beaches. We even saw pigs on the beach! Some of us braved the waters dodging the algae and the mysterious items, some explored the rocks, and we all ended up interacting with the locals. We tried to carry the large bowls of water sachets on our head, we sung songs, took pictures, and exchanged facebooks.
Ghana has such a charm with smiling faces and waving hands everywhere we go. The environment reminds me a lot of India in our interactions with people and the adjustments we have all had to make. In spite of the trash I have seen at the beach I still find Ghana cleaner than India and of course there are much less people. Our routine begins tomorrow with the first day of internships. I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead!