Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Adventures in Accra

We made it! I don't have much time for a substantial post... hopefully I will tomorrow though.

Today has been an absolute whirlwind. We got to Accra around 8:30 am Ghana time, and met a really nice Northwester Ph.D. student named Eric Johnson who picked us up from the airport and let us store our baggage in his house for the afternoon.

He then gave us a short, but super fast tour of the main Accra market, which he said is one of the largest open-air markets in western Africa. It was honestly incredible; so many people, so many smells and sounds! I took some video of the densely packed market, and I hope to be able to post the video tomorrow. Words can't do it justice.

Tonight, around 6:30 pm, we'll be meeting up with Colleen Fant and Sarah Mihalov when they arrive at the airport. We'll also be meeting Joseph Achana, our host and director of the HOPE Center, who will drive us from Accra to Ho. I'm not sure how far it is, but I heard that it will take about 3 hours to drive.

It's been a looooong day. I started at about 3:00 am Portland time, spent 20 hours traveling to Ghana, and immediately was thrust into one of the most busy and hectic street markets you can imagine. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to a shower and a bed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Outstanding! Does your mother know where you are and what you're doing?

Just great stuff. It appears you are really doing some great work and it must make you and your team mates feel like you're making a differnce in the world!

Grandpa, my mom, Martha and the boys all read through the info together. We loved the videos... yours and the "dancing" one.

Take care,
Uncle Dave