Every 2 months mentally exhausted staff get a short 5-day reprieve from the office routine. I took my 1st interlude recently in Accra, Ghana. Accra is a big city and I was there in the lead up to the Ghana Presidential elections, so there were a lot of banners and campaigning. The election was very close and they now need to have a run-off election on 28th Dec to decide between the 2 main candidates. Staying at the beautiful ‘La Palm Beach Resort Hotel’ was quite nice – see the poolside fotos. I must admit I didn’t do much except connect to the internet, watch TV, flap about in the pool, and lounge around reading and resting.
However, I did venture forth on a day-long tourism trip to Cape Coast fort museum and Kakum National Park – see more fotos! The rain forest tree-top walk was quite good altho’ the 100’s of school children on the walk with us did kind of shatter the tranquility. We had lunch in a crocodile park where 31 crocs live – not sure how they verify the number. Then we went to Cape Coast Fort which is now a museum to the slave trade. Talk about a grim place in the dungeons where 1,000s of men and women were chained in the dark before being shipped off to their new placements. It’s terrible to think of how many people died and the general inhumanity of buying and selling people, but the slave-trade was big business. Walking the musty dungeons in the old fort certainly made the horror more real. Thankfully, 200 years ago they ended the slave-trade, but in a way it still continues in the morphed, modernised form of human trafficking – no ball and chain, but no freedom either.
I was surprised at how tired I was after just 2 months here. Unlike other missions I’ve worked in, here the living is tougher and there’s nowhere to really escape to on a weekend…although at least they finally stopped the nonsense of making us work on Saturdays. Now it is countdown to the next holiday – perhaps ‘Interlude in Casablanca’, or in ‘Interlude in Cape Town’. But meanwhile, i’ve got to continue livin’nLiberia!!