We had quite the Ghana Group join us for our beach adventure to Kokrobite last weekend. The Ghana Guys, thanks to the invitation of our German friends from the Sleepy Hippo, headed down to Mr. Brights’ Surf Competition. However, we felt that we needed to share the love and extended the invitation to this exhibition of surfing prowess to our new Swedish friends and our old friend Nathan from Burro, who then invited two of the other interns. All told it was the two Ghana Guys, Ylva, Ema, Pia, Leah, Mira, Nathan, Ang, and Grace.
Our journey began Friday on the way more crowded than last time 5 PM bus from Ashesi with Ema and Ylva. After a couple minute delay figuring out how to fit all of us in one bus, we took the bus to Accra Mall and we were able to get some pizza for the first time in Africa. It was this cool new African pizza joint called Pizza Hut, so we knew it was going to be pretty good. After some delicious pizza, we were able to get an Uber to our hostels in Kokrobite, after two hours of bumper to bumper traffic in Accra and a couple wrong turns we were at our hostels. From there we headed over to Big Milly’s Backyard which was the hostel/resort hosting the surf competition for the weekend. After meeting up with our friends we were fortunate enough to enjoy a nice show of people dancing, doing tricks with fire and juggling as well as get some dancing lessons surprisingly similar to the Cupid Shuffle.
Saturday morning we were able to go out on the beach to do some community service cleaning up a bit of the beach before the day of surfing. It felt good to get some work in before kicking back and enjoying the beach. The surfing competition for us involved: watching surfing, relaxing on the beach, swimming in the Atlantic for the first time since Daytona, and eating some coconuts and Indomie (which is similar to ramen noodles). All in all it was a very relaxing day of competition even though the surfing started about four hours late because of the weak waves and the typical relaxed Ghanaian schedule.
Running short on cash and no ATM in sight, we opted to get dinner at Big Milly’s where Nathan could use his credit card. After ordering, we decided joined a group gathering around a projector screen where we got to watch a surfing documentary made about Kokrobite. The movie turned out to be a bigger blessing than we thought since the food took a couple hours to bring out. But without much better to do besides socializing with our friends, in the end, it was worth the wait. After dinner at Big Milly’s, we went to a bar down the street called Dizzie Lizzie’s to appreciate some Reggae music and some fine Ghanaian beers such as Club and Guinness’s 60-year celebration of Ghanaian independence stout.
Sunday morning, after a full day of relaxing, we decided to double down and do some yoga that was being offered at the hostel. I don’t know what the requirements for hot yoga are, but I think an hour long in the Ghanaian sun definitely qualifies. After rehydrating, we went back to the beach for the finale of the surfing competition. The waves on Sunday were much better than Saturday and the surfing went to a new level. Satisfied with our surf, sun, and coconut for the weekend we took the three taxi, two tro-tro journey back to Ashesi to begin the real work on our project.
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