Flyovers in Accra
When I first arrived in Accra, one of the first things I saw was a postcard with a picture of an interchange on it. Interchanges like you see every 10 kilometres in Europe. I was really surprised by this postcard, because it was nothing special to me.
After two months of staying in the high North of the country I came back to Accra, and then I understood why they make a postcard of this piece of infrastructure. NOWHERE in Ghana you find flyovers, so something like a huge interchange is really something special for the country and something to be proud of.
At the Ring Road around the citycentre you find a few flyovers like King Tackie Overpass and Ako Adjei Overpass, and on the way to the north towards Aburi and Kumasi you cross the interchange that was on the postcard: Tetteh Quarshie Interchange.
Just go there to see how people can enjoy live in Africa.
Giorgio is an old typical Roman. Inide his restaurant, only pictures from Rome, only music from Rome and he only speaks Italian, but with some English words. Typical food, antipaste and paste, pizze.
Price may differ from time to time, since he may need money to have a girl...
Anyway, one of my favorite place in Accra, moreover on MOnday before going to Waikiki Giorgio's choice
Trust him, you will get real Italian food, antipaste, with a carpaccio...
Then caffe con Sambuca, but be careful, very good but it kills.
Last time, we celebrated the last night in Ghana of a Belgian friend of mine.
We drank all his Sambuca and song till 1 AM.
Accra, Capital city of Ghana
"Exciting and vibrant Accra"
Back in 2004 I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to visit Ghana with my work. It was to be only a short visit but we had a day before our meetings started which gave me a chance to see something of the city and surroundings.
We hired a taxi from our hotel and was given a guided tour around the sights of Accra which included a visit to the craft market. You need to be very resilient in that place and I thought some of the stall holders were too pushy. Still I did manage to buy an extremely nice necklace for my wife - probably paid way over the odds but it was still a reasonable price to me.
The Independence Arch near to the sea front is quite an impressive monument to the country's success in becoming independent from Britain. Kwame Nkrumah was the first President back in 1957. The Park containing the arch is kept neat and tidy which is more than can be said for the public beach nearby.
We later went onto Aburi and it's well known Gardens. See my tip below.
At a busy crossroads in what seemed a fairly central part of Accra we stopped and was amazed to see these fruit bats wheeling around. They were big ( wingspan about 1m) believe me - even if the photo gives no indication of scale.
A Second Home
Having spent two years in Ghana as a peace Corps volunteer, I feel as if it became my second home. Every chance I got I either traveled in-country or to one of the surrounding countries. I went by boat, trans-african bus, trains, airplanes, large transports, tro-tros and even a camel in the Sahara Desert. It was a great adventure living in Bolgatanga, teaching school, shopping in the market and meeting Ghanaians. I learned the very important way to tell good eggs from bad, to bargain for goods, where you could find cold drinks, what water to buy at Yegi and what fun a motorcycle can be!