Wow, what a week! We have all survived our first seven days of volunteering in Kumasi and its been amazing. This past weekend though, we took a trip to the coast where we visited one of Ghana's infamous slave castles. I will be doing a separate blog post on that experience though. After seeing the slave castle, we did a canopy walk high above the trees at Kakum National Park before heading to a best kept secret lodging called The Hide Out.
On our extremely bumpy ride to the Hide Out (because no paved roads this far out), our program director made us all sing along to the Hie Out Song. It goes:
The hideout, is a paradise. The hideout is a paradise. Everybody. Everybody. Should be happy. Should be happy. Wala-wala-ee coco. Wala-wala-ee caca. Everybody! Everybody! Should be happy! Should be happy!
And on and on it goes.
Finally, we got there and I was captured by the serenity of it. We were in theWestern Region now. What I loved about this place was that it was very "off the grid." There was no cell phone reception or wifi. No hustle and bustle. Just clean, fresh sea breeze air. And the boisterous sound of the ocean waves. Myself and two other volunteers were lucky enough to get one of the cabins that were beachfront. Literally, if we opened the door we were right on the beach! We fell asleep to the waves every night and I've never slept better. Not to mention waking up to a beautiful sunrise in the morning.
On our second day, we took a short drive to Busua Beach and we were all impressed. It was really beautiful and I couldn't stop snapping pictures.
We got private surf lessons too. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was so much fun! Would definitely love to try surfing again. Unfortunately, after 100 plus tries, I still didn't stand on the board. But I was close!
After an exhilarating day of surfing, we headed back to The Hide Out to eat and relax before our next activity which was to visit the people in the village across the bridge from us. I really enjoyed this part, because I got to see how they live and even had some great conversations with these two young men around my age. They told me about life in the village and their hopes and dreams for the future. Both sons of fishermen, they told me they hope to not follow in their father's footsteps.
I also enjoyed taking pictures of the kids who at first were a little skeptical of the camera, but then started following me around for more pictures! Too cute.
After visiting the village, we ended our weekend getaway with a bonfire and drum circle on the beach. As I danced away at the sounds of the beating drums, I couldn't help but smile. THIS is Africa, I thought to myself. And then I danced the night away.