Round the world in 7 months

Travel time: November 2004 - June 2005  |  by Volker (Heusche) Pakulat

Ghana,a totally different world: Winneba, A former small fishermen village

Going from Accra to Winneba is still a kind of experience. You can go there by taxi but it's expensive ($30 for about 100 miles) and a boring ride because there are no interesting sites. I found traveling by bus is better. You ask a taxi driver to take you to Winneba station and you will end up in the middle of a market with food, clothes, and other things you need, or you don't need and again thousands of people! You never expect to see buses here, but they are. As soon as get out of the taxi somebody carries your bag to the bus, and another one sells you a 50 cents ticket for the ride and charges you 60 cents for your bag. Seema the bag is more worth than I am!!! The buses are very old and rickety and you will not make a bet that they still run, but again, they run. There are no schedules, and the buses leave when they are full. A full bus is a 20-seater that packs in at least 30 passengers. On the bus trip you may sit next to a fisherman that's taking his catch-of-the-day to the market or a woman that's breastfeeding her baby. In my case I sat next to a woman with two babies, and because space was limited she gave me one baby to hold. I guess I did a good job caring for the baby. During the two hours drive the baby didn't cry for a second, just stared at the huge white man with no hair.

Winneba is a small fishermen's town with its first traffic light, and the taxi drivers enjoy going there whether they have to or not because they are so proud of it. You can watch the fishermen pull huge nets from the sea while singing and then selling their catch-of-the-day. The beautiful beach is littered with plastic bags the vendors use to sell drinking water in. Winneba has two restaurants, one in a hotel where everything works fine and the other in the middle of town. The restaurant in town you have to have double the luck to get food. First the restaurant has to be open and second the cook has to be around. There's a 50% chance of either happening. If you do get lucky you'll have a great time; the food is good and the beer is ice cold.

Otherwise there is not much to do, just relax, let the world pass you by, watch people selling everything, and listen to strange stories the locals tell you. Don't know if they are true or not, but with every beer you buy the stories get wilder and wilder!

But it's fun!!!!!!

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The trip
Ghana, Rio, Caribbean, USA, New Zealand, South Sea, Philipines, Thailand and more. Will try to write my experineces and make you jealous. So check this out once in a while! ;-) There is a guest book too, tell me what\'s going on over there and how envious you are! ;-) Take care
Start of journey: Nov 13, 2004
Duration: 7 months
End of journey: Jun 20, 2005
Travelled countries: Ghana
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
New Zealand
The Author
Volker (Heusche) Pakulat is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 17 years.
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