Last week was our first opportunity to see the tourist areas and big cities of Ghana up close. We left Ho towards Hohue, which holds the Wli waterfalls and Mt. Afadgato (the tallest in West Africa apparently). As we drove up to Fodome, where we stayed the first few days in Ghana with SPIMA- a group from William & Mary college, we checked up on the progress of their project and then continued on to Wli to see the waterfall. After about 20 minutes of walking, a huge fountain appeared. Naturally we jumped right in. We took a million GoPro pics/videos, then headed back to  the car. On our way back, we noticed a large group of “yevus” and as we came closer I heard a loud shriek- it was the other group of FSU Global Scholars from Tafi! IHow refreshing to be able to see some familiar faces. The next day, we met the Tafi group and 2 British med school students at the mountain and hiked up. Once we reached the top, everyone’s cameras popped out of their bags immediately because of the gorgeous view (we could even see Togo, Ghana’s neighboring country, in the distance). Everyone survived the journey downhill and then came to our place in Fodome for a lunch of Banku with “Fodome chicken” aka all bones. We weren’t ready to leave everyone so we joined them in Tafi for a night where we then visited the Monkey Sanctuary the next morning. The monkeys we saw were so incredibly friendly. They would just hop onto your soldiers, or in some cases, hop off of you onto whoever has a banana in their hands. Their little fingers would peel the bananas in a millisecond and begin scraping banana, shoving it into their mouths. Unfortunately, we ran out of bananas (mostly because the alpha male showed up and would walk up to us, snatch the entire banana, and walk away), so we continued on to Cape Coast! This beach side city is so populated and pretty modern compared to Ho, that it took a minute getting used to. Our rooms in the guesthouse provided sheets for the bed- such a luxury for us! We spent our time touring the Cape Coast castle, learning about the terrible slave history, walking through the trees in Kakum National park, and visiting the University of Cape Coast. This trip really helped me understand some of the reasons why many Ghanaians think all Americans are racist, rich, etc. I wish I could change their opinions, but its very difficult considering that they have a constant reminder in Cape Coast. Fortunately, a plaque donated by the chiefs in that area lifted my spirits: http://m4.i.pbase.com/u36/grahamg/upload/23423414.100_0096_CapeCoastCastlePlaque.JPG

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