Monday, 12 January 2015

Third and final week (part A) of our kids visit to Ghana........

You may be tired of seeing pictures of our kids in Ghana, but, hey, they took thousands of pictures, and many of them were really great, so here is the first part of the last week of "Kids In Ghana". As with the two previous arrivals, after picking Kate (JD's wife) up at the airport, we went to Temple Square in Accra.

The Accra Temple is so beautiful. The African theme appears in all of the glass, and the wood inside is so beautiful. Elder J. wants to buy some like it and take it home to have a guitar made. So far, no luck. Rats!

There are beautiful palm trees that look like giant fans around the temple. Coincidentally, they are called Fan Palms.

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We had a few rainy days while JD and Kate were here, but we also had beautiful days with world-class clouds. We did a repeat at Vienna Beach, taking more great pics.

Reported sightings of mermaids after these pictures were taken are purely coincidental.
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Shama Island lies between a river and the ocean. The only way to get there is by boat, or swimming... which is discouraged, due to the distance. We began the adventure in a fishing village just outside of the town of Shama.

First, we took a canoe trip across the river in a hand-made, hollowed-out  hardwood tree with sides attached. Our boatman, in the pic above, shoved off and the journey began...

        The area along the river is really beautiful. We clicked many a picture of the trees and clouds,  
        trying not to get too much of the brown river in the pictures.

Once we reached the island, it was just a short walk to the other side to play in the Gulf of Guinea.

The ever-present and curious obruni gawkers. The kids sat on a fishing net right next to us, and proceeded to interact (not speaking any English). This is a very poor fishing village, as you can see by the clothing. Sadly, most of the children do not attend school.
JD and Kate were the most popular attraction on the beach. The kids flocked around, and laughed and watched them play in the surf. The children did not get in the water, as they are taught to fear it for their own safety.
After each day of fishing, the men coil up the ropes and mend their nets.

This is a typical home in the village. The thatched roofs are common, as is the block construction.

Typical wall, and  wall climbers, hoping for a better view . Sister J. loves the goats, especially the little ones the size of a cat.
Finally, we crossed the river back to the 1st fishing village, ending a wonderful adventure.

Walking through the village garbage dump on the way to our car we met
these kids, and the pigs below. We loved the goats against the pink wall.

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Next, we took JD and Kate to the Cape Coast Slave Castle. It's such a heavy, dark
place, but so much a part of Ghana's history, that no trip is complete without it.

This musician outside the castle, sang to us and played his stringed, calabash gourd instrument.
View of the coast and fishing village over the wall of the castle.
Two of our wonderful, good looking and intelligent children.
The sea air is not kind to these ancient cannon.
It's very difficult to keep clothes on some kids..... We had this problem
as parents with several of our own (names omitted).

Courtyard of the castle.
Notice the name on the boat...ZION PRAYERS 10 and under it, GOD IS KING.

Notice the name on the missionary: Sister Julander
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From the castle, we went to the Cape Coast Fort/Lighthouse, the highest point overlooking the coast.
The main part of the city is very colorful and picturesque.

The cannons at the fort were used to protect the Cape Coast Castle ..... which you can see in the background.
Another view of the Castle from the fort/lighthouse.

This is one of the older churches in Cape Coast.

A "Marilyn Monroe" moment

Kate loves pigs, so we took a picture whenever we saw one.
This young girl took our hands and walked us to the car.

Waiting at the car to greet us.

This is a picture from our kitchen window at night. The lights of Takoradi light up the sky
and silhouette St. John's school on the hill across the valley from us.

Stay tuned for the final chapter.........


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    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

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    Emilio Fernandez