A week in Paradise

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As some of you might have noticed, I've been absent from the blog for a while and now you can finally see the reason why:

The second school term has come to an end and vacation has begun (but not before I had marked 120 exams) and so now it's travelling time. My best travelling buddy Maike and I decided to use the first week of our vacation to relax because we had made a big journey through the north of Ghana during our Christmas holidays, so now we didn't feel guilty doing nothing for one week.

A delicious mini mango and a good book - What more do you need?

Our destination was Ada Foah, a small fishing village, which is located right at the estuary of the Volta. Situated on a small tongue of land, which is more or less nothing but a strip of beach, is the Maranatha Beach Camp.

Nothing inside but a bed and sand
At the camp you sleep in huts similar to the traditional fisher huts, made out of palm leaves. They are kept very simple, which I like, but even if you don't it's not a problem because you'll probably spend all your time there floating in the Volta or jumping into the ocean waves on the other side of the beach.

Mangos will make you happy
They have a great restaurant at the camp with international and local dishes and the prices are also affordable, which is not often the case but we had at least one big fruit meal a day. Every now and then villagers pass by carrying pineapples, papayas, bananas, mangos and watermelons on their heads.

I will never quite get used to children handling matchets, no matter how well they do it
There are also some boys from the village who are selling coconuts they plug directly from the palm trees you're sitting under.
Ada Foah is a really beautiful, sometimes lonely place with very hospitable locals where you can meet a lot of travelers from everywhere in the world.

Catch of the day
Unfortunately, a lot of visitors make the mistake not to leave the camp except for a boat trip. If you ever go there, make sure you also go to the nearby fisher village. Though the villagers are mostly not very good English speakers, they are very friendly. You can take a stroll through the village, maybe buy some grilled corn or fried yam and smile at the kids.
It could very well be that these people won't be there for long, since Accra's high society and the tourism industry have also discovered Ada Foah's beauty and gentrification is quickly spreading.

- Sarah

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