10.07.2010 - 10.07.2010
On the drive to Denu, Simon took us the long way, to see some of the beautiful scenery Ghana has to offer. Ghana has everything that you could possibly want out of Africa. It has the little villages, where people stay in huts with straw roofs. Or rooves. I'm not quite sure. It has the forests and mountains, and we even saw some jungle. Don't worry dad, I was not eaten by a lion. Not even a little bit.
One unexpected thing was that Ghana is obsessed with mobile phones. The 2 major networks that are competing are MTN and vodafone. They do absolutely everything to advertise, and the strangest thing is driving through a small village to see that all the houses are painted red with vodafone logos. Apparently the people are paid by the company to paint their homes, so some villages are completely red with vodafone logos, and there are some MTN villages, where almost every house/hut is painted yellow.
On the way, Simon pulled over the car to get some food that he said he would like us to try. Many women run to the windows trying to sell you their food. The name for white person is "Yavoo", so many say "Yavoo, would you like to buy some bread?"... "Yavoo, do you want sweet potatoes?"... After a while, I heard one look at me ans hout "Yavoo, buy something for your wife", pointing at Emilie. Brilliant.
Simon bought us some meat on a stick, from an animal called grasscutter. It was really nice, and tasted like roast beef. After we had finished, Emilie looked it up in the guide book to find that it was a large rat. Iam happy I didn't know that at the time.
Later we stopped in Ho, where Simon said he wanted us to try Tilapia. You get some Banku (quite a heavy starchy ball, made from maize I think) and a spicy tomato-ey sauce, and a full fish. I asked how much of the fish you ate, and Simon sid we had to eat all of it, even the head.
Simon did not.
We ate it African style (with your hands) which is actually much better for eating fish, as you feel if there are any bones before you put them in your mouth. After we had ate most of the fish, only the head was left. Simon said that you did not actually have to eat the head, you just pulled the meat from the head (basically the fish's face) out from the skull, and suck the juice out. It was very salty, and I am quite surprised that I did it.
When we arrived in Denu we were greeted by the host family. In ghana it is usual that a family has a very large house, which is more like a compound with a collection of small flats in a communal building for all of the family to live in. So when we arrived there were lots of people there, and lots of names to (try to) remember. Poeple have an Ewe name (Ewe is the local language spoken in the Volta Region of Ghana, and in parts of Togo) and also a Christian name. And also a name depending on the day of the week, which is not so often used, although some people choose to use it, like Kofi Annan. I can't remember which day Kofi is, but I think it is Thursday. My name would be Kwame, as I am Saturday born, and Emilie's name would be Yawa. The christian names are often religious. Living with us is Bless, and an Innocensia (Innocence), and Courage. I have also met people called Gifty, Happy and many others like that.
As we arrived quite late, we went to bed quite early. Well, we had woken up at Ghanaian time, which means 7am at the very very latest.
I should say that I am still confused trying to work out the time difference between Ghana and the UK, or Canada.
Ghana is on GMT (the same as Britian), but as it lies colse to the equator, the days are light from 6am to 6pm all year round so there is no need to change the clocks by 1 hour because of seasons. So I know that there is a 1 hour time difference with the UK, but I can't remember which way round it goes.
Dad, don't worry, I have still not been eaten by a lion.
I have run out of time at the internet cafe, so will have to continue later.