Getting over my sickness I was excited for a weekend of adventure with T-Taps. The crew was me, Tom, Ernest (our driver who loves to dance), Nii (our tour guide for the weekend) and Cliff (whom Tom went to Aburi with). We were headed to the Volta Region for the weekend. After a couple hour drive that was only so long because of the poor road quality, we arrived at a small resort that was way nicer than what we could have expected. It had a beautiful view of the lake, had a breakfast buffet, and we were even able to sleep with AC on in our room which is something neither of us took for granted.
We enjoyed a few bottles of Club, our first beer in Ghana together, with Clif as we looked out over the lake as the sun was setting. After beers, we were able to get a nice dinner at another hotel. Tom opted for the seafood platter and I ordered some Ghanaian Chicken. I asked Tom if he wanted to hit up the dance floor with me, and he halfheartedly said sure. Ernest had no second thoughts, enthusiastically leading us to the empty dance floor and it wasn’t long before we had some people joining us or laughing at our incredible moves. You can see some of those moves towards the end of the video collage that I posted earlier in the week, as well as some pictures from these adventures.
Unfortunately, the next morning (Saturday) Tom came down with a similar sickness I had, but this time we knew a little better, so I fulfilled my roommate duties even better than he did by giving Tom some medication that helped me, Sprite and water, and even postponing the adventures as to not ditch him in his time of need. We waited around a couple hours and Tom was feeling well enough to join us for our expedition.
Today we had a bunch in store for us, and we started with a little hike to Wli waterfall along the border of Ghana and Togo in the Volta Region. We had another tour guide for the hike specifically, and he told us so much about everything we were observing, so it helped us learn a lot, all the while Tom was struggling with keeping his dinner inside of him. Finally, we made it to the waterfall (or Bat Cave?) to go for a swim. There was another group of American students there who were building a school in the local area, so we got to chat with them briefly, then enjoy to bat surrounded waterfall.
Next stop was one of the greatest moments I have had in my life. The Tafi Monkey Sanctuary. A forest filled with estimated 300-400 monkeys, we got the chance to feed some and watch them play around. The process of feeding them was simply holding out your arm and squeezing tight onto a banana, they did all the peeling themselves. We journeyed back home and Tom was ready for a break, staying back at the hotel with AC and a bathroom in close proximity. I got some dinner with the rest of the gang at a nice restaurant that had a view over the dam we would check out the very next day. A former president of Ghana wanted to view construction of the damn and this hotel we ate at was for him to view the dam. Again Ernest led the charge to the dance floor and our moves attracted the eyes of some Italian girls who are in Ghana for a while. We danced and laughed and Ernest was avidly capturing the whole night on camera for a trip down memory lane at our inevitable wedding.
This dam can supply up to 60% of Ghana’s energy needs according to our tour guide, however he says the dam will be generating less and less as the water level continually gets lower as a result of climate change. In the picture shown above they only have two of the six generators running, mostly because it was a Sunday, which is a day of prayer and family time for most Ghanaians, but also because the water level is at the lowest it has been and near minimum. Fortunately rainy season is around the corner here.
Our final expedition was to Mr. Cedi’s bead factory. We were able to get a full lesson on how beads are made as well as get some souvenirs for the road.