Weekend at Cape Coast

Weekend at Cape Coast

     
          Visiting Cape Coast several days ago was—as always—a refreshing and amazing treat.  This time was particularly special because I slept, ate, and made new friends right on the beach!  Here’s a look at my third Cape Coast adventure.    

          

           My plan two weekends ago was to head to Takoradi for a Festival.  My rerouted plans took me to Cape Coast instead, which is always a good time.  I headed out Friday morning on the Cape Coast road, enjoying a peaceful journey.  As far as the eye could see, blankets of leafy palm trees dotted the nearby hills and fields.  Make shift straw roofs provided shade for women who sold yams, tomatoes, plantains, and watermelons on the roadside.  Nothing but foggy radio stations, heat, and clear blue skies guided me along the road.

After a comfortable three hour ride, I made my way into the sleepy village town.  I began asking every other person I saw how to get to Oasis Beach Resort (pronounced ‘Oaahsis’ in Ghana).  The resort is a place I’d been trying to reserve a room at since last September.  After calling a couple different numbers, the front desk attendant informed me that someone cancelled their Friday night reservation.  I was more than happy to fill the spot!  

          Upon arriving, I checked in and took my book bag and snacks to an adorable room that was literally a stone’s throw away from the beach.  Larger than the room at Kokrobite, the round hut was spacious, colorful, and modestly decorated.  After unpacking (which consisted of pulling out my beach hat and camera) I changed into my swimsuit and headed to the ocean.  The white waves crashed almost violently, bringing with them a soft, cool breeze.  The waves were moving too swiftly for a swim, but sitting in the sand was great for my skin.

My hut, January 23, 2015

Inside my hut, January 23, 2015

The view from my hut…Yowza!!  January 23, 2015

A little while later, I headed to the Boabab house for a light lunch.  Upon taking my seat at the 
outdoor space, I was surprised to see an all vegetarian menu.  Although I’m not a vegetarian, I decided to try some vegetable pizza and tea.  Let’s just say, next time I’ll just visit for the tea and   
   fresh juices!

Once I got back to the resort, I placed an order for dinner, then took a walk around.  The breeze from the beach, paired with the sun and a number of volunteers and backpackers made for a lazy afternoon.  Before I could even take a nap, it was time for dinner and Friday night activities.  For dinner I enjoyed steak, chips, garlic butter bread and vegetables.  All I can say is that it was delicious!  A few hours later, music and dancing followed.  Popular tunes flooded the resort and people seemed to come off the beach and from all over town to chat and dance.  The vibe was great and the people friendly.  All in all it was a wonderful time.

Fisherman on the beach, January 23, 2015
Closeup of the fisherman, January 23, 2015
Steak and chips…delicious!  January 23, 2015
The next morning, I awoke to the sounds of the waves gently rolling off the coast.  It was all I could do not to spend the whole morning resting in bed.  But after a while, I decided to have breakfast and then take a walk on the beach.  By the time my toes were in the sand, fisherman were already hard at work pulling nets out of the water.   Another day of perfect weather seemed to be at my fingertips—or so it seemed.  After checking out of the resort, heading back to Boabob for wifi and some delicious Moringa juice, I was back on the road again.  This time, it began to rain.  Although it’s rare that it rains in Ghana outside of the rainy season, it was a welcome break from the heat.  Everything was nice and cool after about 30 minutes of rain.

Breakfast of chocolate banana crepes…sensational!  January 23, 2015
Sweet puppies laying around the corner at the resort, so precious, January 23, 2015

Once I arrived back at the hostel, I had a chance to reflect on my day’s escape to Cape Coast.  The beautiful coastal city never lets me down; it’s always filled with warm people and beautiful weather.  There’s never a dull moment in the laid back town.


Guess who, January 23, 2015
****Music Segment****
Continuing with the popular music theme, “Odo Carpenter” is a song sung by Ghanaian artist Bisa Kdei.  Most of the song is sang in one of the local languages, so I’ve had to rely on the local people to translate for me.  Accoriding to my translators, Kdei sings about how hard life is for him working as a carpenter.  He says times are hard, and sometimes he wonders how he can go on.  Then he thinks of the person he loves (a woman who is wheel chair bound).  When he thinks of the love of his life, he knows that he can’t let her down and that he must ‘stick it out’ for her sake.  The link to the lovely song is pasted below.  Simply click on the link to listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y40X5Q4JPI
****End of music segment****

This ends the posting of my adventures in Cape Coast.  Next week, I discuss making a move to East Legon and attending a Ghanaian Christening ceremony!

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