Ghana Travel Stories, Page 25

Condoms in Ghana Cote d-Voire

Condoms in Ghana Cote d-Voire
Elubo Ghana
Thursday, August 10, 2006



I have yet to find any place on the planet that does not understand a condom.

The myth makers though perpetuate...

Condoms in Ghana Cote d-Voire


Ghana Gratitude

Ghana Gratitude
Elubo Ghana
Thursday, August 10, 2006

I am grateful today, I think it is because I know I have everything I need, a good family, too many brains, money enough to travel anywhere on the planet.

I also have the faith that I will always be ok, even if I was killed; my life has been good, I need no more.

What started me thinking this is my shower, I was thinking,
- Andy, you should have filled that nice bucket in case the water stopped. -

The bucket is amazingly clean, not a normal thing, the buckets I toilets are amazing grubby, not clean. I think they use as water backup, in places where the water occasionally stops, most places on the planet. The good hotels will give you a bucket. IF you understand the system when you enter the hotel, you fill up the bucket, and then when the water stops, you still have some water.

I am grateful because I take this to higher levels, I have my own bucket I carry, and as I am typing, I am heating a big bucket of water for a hot water dip shower. It is not warm here or too warm, a cold shower is great when it is dripping hot all the time. It has not been dripping hot since I arrived in Ivory Coast, just hot. The water is not that warm, but the hotel does not care.

I make rooms better.
- I make hot water.
- I have a light to read I carry. -
- I have a light blanket because the hotel only gives one sheet on the bed.
- I have a nice alarm clock.
- I have clothesline to wash my clothes.

My Travelers Nest is very good, I am thinking though about a sleeping bag liner or duvet for the bed. I left my sheet in Nepal because it took up too much space, I already have a blanket this is only double a normal sheet. However, the problem here in not the sheets, it is the pillows. I have a pillow without a pillowcase, almost an Arab mentality or India mentality of beds.

I need to get a sheet and have it sown into a big pillow case, I am getting way too nervous looking at how dirty mattress and pillow can be, although not that dirty here, I am a little worried about bugs in the bed. I have a mosquito net; however, the walls are barren, and no way to connect to the walls. I am somehow need to carry four sticks, which would hold it up in the air off the bed.

The last two-cheapie hotels the Osamadi here in Elubo and the Bemosso in Aboisso both have screens on the windows. The expensive Vallee Hotel with air conditioning in Banoua had no screens and many bugs. I see a price as just a trade to give me some features that really are annoying. The nice hotels can be the farthest walk from anything, and the cheaper hotels can be in the middle, closer, and safer. Walking out of the city down dark paths is not the safest idea.

The keep hollering,
- Hey White Man-
The place has some rude persons, and threatening, however hehehe, I got my knife sharpened yesterday, it will work better to remove their balls. I am carrying the knife for personal protection, I do not think it is needed, but it would stop the intimidation. There was a sign here in Ghana, I never seen one in Ivory Coast, but here in Elubo there is a sign that is to buy Arms or Guns, not a fun sign to see, fortunately these people seem way too poor to buy guns. It I not that big of city, anyone robbing would be known by everyone, much safer than in a big city. The guidebook instantly tells me how to go to the big cities, explains the big cities, and really a city is always the most dangerous place. Most people are too afraid of Africa to come; they should be explaining how to leave the cities easily and quicker. Technically, in my mind, the most dangerous times are between the plane and the Hotel, or between the bus stop and the Hotel. This is where guidebooks just about worthless, no clear paths cut. Fend for yourself.
Calling me White Man is better than when they holler,
- Money -
- I need Money. -

They do not need money; I think they have learned the guilt of the White Man…. This all about a conscious or the development of a conscious in humans. Do not get me started on that subject or I will get hate mail…

The owner of the Osamadi Hotel here in Elubo has a Mercedes Benz parked out in front of the Hotel. There is a car wash next to the Hotel, complete with hollering obnoxious boys washing cars.


Ghana Gratitude


Elubo Ghana

Elubo Ghana
Thursday, August 10, 2006

I am laying here in Bed in the Osamdi Hotel, I am paying 4000 CFA and I think the price is 50,000 Cedi; therefore I am paying 3 U.S. too much because I used CFA. The Forex person rooked me at the exchange for 50,000 Cedi of Ghana money because I could not count, hear, and understand his English. I feel like I went two steps down the chain of civilizations when I went from Ivory Coast to Ghana. Ghana seem so far rude, but I am in Elubo, a border town in West Africa it is a stupid on my part to think it would be friendly and nice, border towns are where the persons that do not fit in anywhere go to stay. They do not have to be one of anything, they are half of nothing.

There are two Hotels here for sure, and maybe more, the places is very small, I now realize I could have walked from the Border to the Hotel in less than 10 minutes, and to the Bus Station in five, everything is straight away from the Border.


Elubo Ghana


Noe Elubo Ghana Ivory Coast Border

Noe Elubo Ghana Ivory Coast Border
Elubo Ghana
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Need:
- Yellow Fever
- Ghana Visa - I got 60 days in Ghana
- The name of Hotel you will stay, (Pick a name)
- The name of City you go to.
- Fill out a border Crossing or Entry Form.
- Get you Ivory Coast Exit Stamp.

A person crossing the border is stamped out of Ivory Coast or also the same country Cote d Ivoire and then enters immediately Ghana Immigration. I guess I needed a taxi, to go from the Ivory Coast immigration at the extremely small place of Noe, Ivory Coast to the larger border crossing of Elubo, Ghana. I had a visa, the only complication was the man wanted an exact address where I would stay in Ghana, I pulled out Lonely Planet and told him a Hotel. I need the Yellow Fever book, and they checked it. No cost and no bribes, the taxi driver charged 2000 CFA or 4 dollars U.S. to take me through the border. He continually ask me to put my bag in the trunk, however I carried the bags and never separated. I am told by the Lonely Planet guide not to trust any of the moneychangers in the streets.

The whole process is about the same entering from Guatemala into Chapis Mexico, all the same type of question, and just wait and go. Not a big problem and nobody tried to get a bribe. Biggest problem I had was with the taxi driver giving me the White - Black crap,
- You do not trust black people. -
I said,
- I do not give a shit what color your are, I do not trust taxis at borders. -

He tried for 5000 CFA to take me to the Hotel, I ended up paying 1000 and the whole cost of the Taxi was 3000 to get to the Hotel. I am not sure if the hotel is ok or not, I paid 4000 CFA and the kid gave me back 1000. I still have no Cedi or Ghana money and the owners of the hotel only speak French inside of Ghana. The name is Omidi or something; the room is ok, cold water, fan, concrete, no cover, normal stand worldwide. One light bulb, a little strange it has a lounge couch chair. I have to sit on the stool sideways, normal in the world, I do not think.

It appears the only hotels are on the Elubo side or the Ghana side. I met an American Missionary from Kansas who said I could go to Cape Coast of something in 6 hours and be safe.
- I thought to myself arrive in the dark in a new country is not safe in a new city. -

I got a room in Elubo, all is safe, who knows, but life is good.


Noe Elubo Ghana Ivory Coast Border


Banoua Cacao Drying

Banoua Cacao Drying
Monday August 7, 2006
Banoua Ivory Coast - Cote d'Voire




Cocoa or Chocolate in Raw drying in the street, available road is always used.. hehehe

Banoua Ivory Coast - Cote d'Voire
Banoua Cacao


Africa Fashion

Africa Fashion
Sunday August 6, 2006
Aboisso Ivory Coast



Strange place to find a hottie, Aboisso Ivory Coast, she was getting in a car to go to the big city.

Africa Fashion


Marriage Aboisso Ivory Coast

Marriage Aboisso Ivory Coast
Sunday August 6, 2006



A marriege in Aboisso

Marriage Aboisso Ivory Coast


Aboisso River

Aboisso River
Aboisso Ivory Coast
Sunday August 6, 2006



The one entrance of the after entrance river to Aboisso, Cote d-Voire



Strange man, this is not an easy place to sit in Aboisso, Ivory Coast.

Aboisso River



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