Okay, by compulsion I'll have to be short (and hopefully sweet) now. Internet connection is not very great in Ghana, but I have been lucky that I found this internet cafe run by SimliAid (read my earlier post here about how I first heard about this cafe!), and luckier that they are allowing me to bring my own laptop and use their network to connect to the internet (its fairly cheap - 6000 cedis/hr - about 65 cents US). I have basically spent all morning today trying to go through all my email from the last week and get most important works done. I have about 10 minutes to complete this post before I head home for lunch!
Few "first impressions" of Ghana.
1. From the moment I entered the international airport, it felt as if I had arrived in Nepal (although I must say the international airport in Accra is far more well managed than we have in KTM!)
2. There was load shedding when I arrived in Ghana, so another good reason to feel like I was back home (although most seem to use diesel generators to fulfil their energy needs during load shedding - except for the public services, as the traffic lights were out!)
3. Its start of the rainy season here so I immediately got to see violent storms and heavy rain the next day, felt like monsoon in Nepal.
4. Due to the storms (first at the destination and then at the departing airport) my domestic flight was delayed by 5 hours!! Strangely nobody seemed to care about the delay here, for they were all happy to sit and wait without a single complaint! We were provided lunch by the airline while we waited...the portion was so huge, I could only eat half!
5. When we were called to board the flight finally, it was still raining...I saw a couple of dark-glassed Mercedes rolled right next to the plane just before we boarded (and a couple of well-suited gentlemen boarded the plane)...on hindsight, I couldn't help but think the plane was delayed not because of the weather but to wait for those gentlemen (sounds like Nepal?...of course it does!)...
6. Tamale, the northern region capital and the city I am based currently is just like any Terai-city in Nepal - in the middle of vast flat parklands. Its hot, humid but its green and nice everywhere. Very pleasant place to be in. Am enjoying it!
7. Everything happens very slow here, but people I've met so far have been very helpful, polite and honest. So, no worries so far!
Okay, its rainy season and we have water shortage here (in addition to the load shedding) - so I am down to a couple of showers a week! Rest of the days I just wash my face and if lucky, my hair (good thing, I went to the barber for no 1 cut just before I left UK...excellent decision on my part 🙂 )
Well, its getting longer than I had anticipated, so I stop here.