We had a busy weekend. Saturday we visited Kakum National Park, about an hour north of Cape Coast. As you can see, the group walked across seven canopy bridges with the highest point being 40 meters above ground. In this photo, James, Tiff, and Natalia are smiling even with Liz and Nick probably jumping up and down the narrow and wobbly bridge ahead of them. I’ve given up trying to conquer by fear of heights. It’s a perfectly rational fear to have, no? After Kakum park, we stopped for lunch at Hans Cottage Motel, famed for the restaurant perched on a lagoon filled with 40+ small crocodiles. We saw a few crocs, pretty small and apparently harmless.
Today, Sunday, we started the day with a tour of the Elmina slave castle, also known as St. George’s Castle. You can read Kaneisha’s eloquently written sentiments about our visit. Some students got to donate funds to a “local football team” just as we left the castle premises, an experience that I call an inexpensive lesson on how to avoid hawking by a group of assertive young men. We had a late lunch at Esteem Kofi and Adjoa’s Motel and stopped by Brenu Beach for a little. I think playing, squealing, jumping waves, swimming towards/away from crashing waves, doing cartwheels and handstands, and building human pyramids was one way to refresh after a visit to a building with a grim and atrocious history.