The smell is what tells you, you’re in Africa. The first step off the plane takes you already, the air just smells…different. It smells African. It’s not an unpleasant smell…just different. I guess it’s the heat as well. There was no smooth transition from my cold European air to the thick, warm air of Accra, but I embraced it! I’m back, and I write this with a big smile stretching from ear to ear.
So far I’ve spent a day in Accra, visiting some locations with my guide, Evans, a 24 year old teacher of African arts. And then yesterday I travelled from Accra to Tamale. A near 14 hour journey, across the country. You can see the changing landscape from jungle in the south to savannah in the north, and the homes get simpler and simpler from city to countryside. I had my music with me and played some ‘Blood Diamond Soundtrack’ to get me in the spirit.
The home of my host family is very nice. I’m very lucky to have a room with a fan. In Accra, my nights were 90% tossing and turning in the heat and 10% sleep. Now it’s reversed, so I’m grateful. I’m sure it will take a few days to figure out where I am, what I’m doing, and how I can find my place in this Ghanaian society, but in time I’ll find my way.
I was very happy to see the boarding ticket for my flight. They added something to my name which I believe fits perfectly.
Patrick German, World Traveller.
I certainly feel like it. These days, I find myself one morning in London, then in Holland, then in Accra, and now in Tamale. My life is an adventure, and I’m inspired to see myself becoming a Global Citizen. My mind naturally reminisces of my past experiences, those ‘moments’ where I touched something much deeper than myself. Whether it was driving through the Rocky mountains of Canada, watching stars in Austria, climbing mountains in Switzerland, camping out in Albania, walking through forests in Germany, sleeping in a van in Belgium, feeling the heat in Dubai, jungle rides in Cote d’Ivoire, or miles above the earth In a plane. I certainly am grateful that now I’m in Ghana, able to create those experiences for myself again. I hope what I’m writing can inspire at least one of you readers to go out and experience.
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