I always look forward to stepping foot in Africa, and this trip was no exception. The first day on this layover the weather was rather muggy and overcast, so a few of my crew and I started out with a cold drink at Wato, a second story outdoor restaurant. We had come to do a bit of “people watching” but it was a fairly quiet Sunday, so we eventually rambled off to “get lost” in the culture.

What we came to experience that afternoon was African everyday life. We found ourselves on crowded backstreets, walking past mamas who were cooking “cake”  in large metal pots outside of their shacks, selling freshly caught lobster and crab, dishing out pork on a makeshift table on the side of the street and doing laundry. I found myself swarmed by curious children dying to have their picture taken, dancing on the sidewalks so I would notice them and then exploding with laughter once they saw themselves in the camera’s digital view finder. We wandered past basketball courts and soccer (football) fields all buzzing with endless enthusiasm from both players and spectators and we eventually ended our stroll near the lighthouse and the “oceanfront” properties – shacks that look like they could hardly withstand a thunderstorm.

Our last stop of the evening was the Osekan Resort, an outdoor restaurant literally sitting on the edge of the African continent.  The patio was lit by outdoor lanterns and was pounded by fierce Atlantic waves. What mattered to us was the ambiance – we were in Africa, and it just felt right. To top off the evening, while walking away from the resort we even ran into Santa Claus, clearly a moment unexpected.

Our second day in Accra, a few of us made our way to the African Cultural Market. Having been to this market many times, I am always impressed with the art, the carvings, and the friendliness of the people who know me by name. I am frequently serenaded with “Sherry” songs, and hugs are as common as the bartering itself. I always walk away with a smile, and some type of art carving that is much too large to bring home on an airplane. This time it was a 4 1/2 foot beautiful ebony giraffe that I named “Shorty.”Sadly, because of a recent change in government, this market is expected to be torn down and rebuilt, a rather unfortunate situation for most vendors as they will simply not be able to afford to have a shop once the government takes over.

The highlight of the night – we found our way to Heritage in Osu, a 5 Cedi ($3.50) ride to an Indian restaurant with mouthwatering curry dishes. Who would have thought the Indian food would be so good in Africa?

A fairly poor country, I think that Ghana definitely makes up for it in spirit and friendliness. Here are just a few street scenes from Accra.

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