Meeting up with Shayla at Dulles, waiting to board our flight to Frankfurt.
Fortunately, I woke up as we were flying over the Sahara desert.
We saw a village in the middle of the desert from the plane. I don't think this photo captures it.
Yes....still flying over the desert.
This looks like sand too.
Somewhere between the last picture and the next one.
We let people off in Lagos, Nigeria. You can't take pictures at airports, but no one said I couldn't take one from the plane.
The purse I crocheted for Bernice.
Bernice and our gifts to her: 1 crocheted purse, 4 crocheted Ghana flag coasters, 2 10packs of Orbit gum, 2 boxes of Crunch N Much, 2 bags of Snyder's Honey Mustard and Onion pretzel pieces, 1 bag of Doritos, 1 bag of Cheetos, 2 boxes of Windmill cookies, 2 boxes of Pecan Pinwheels, 1 bag of Peanut M&Ms, some dumdums for the kids, gummie bears and 2 photo albums for mom and sister
Shayla and Ofasa (Bernice's nephew)
this road is off of Spintex road
Before "Accra & Beyond" trip, waiting for someone or a taxi to take us to the junction.
Meeting up with Roland (Bernice's boyfriend) at the STC bus station on our way to Cape Coast.
Me and Bernice waiting for some pineapple at Kakum National Park early Monday morning.
a lizard....why a photo of it?....because they're everywhere.
The yummy pineapple
Shayla walking up step 2 of 532 (I have no clue how many steps there were, but there were many) at Kakum.
Kakum National Park: The Canopy Walk....one person at a time....highest platform = 40 meters from forest floor (131 feet!)...width of suspended bridge = about 1ft.
1 of the 7 suspended bridges
Shayla walking across
View from one of the platforms
I'm not sure why our guide didn't tell us when he was taking the picture or why we are both looking down....(notice....i have no pictures of bernice doing the canopy walk...i wonder why)
the coast next to Cape Coast Castle
a boat and some kids near Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle
me and some church on the way to Elmina/St. George Castle
Cape Coast: in the cab going to Elmina Castle
view of palm tress from the cab
Elmina Castle: a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, this slave castle is one of many on the coast of Ghana...some of the first slaves were captured in Cape Coast and traded at this castle...for more info visit: http://www.blackhistorysociety.ca/Elmina.htm
Elmina Castle: a view from one of the dungeon rooms
Elmina Castle: hundreds of women were crammed into rooms like this
Elmina Castle: Women selected to "pleasure" the Europeans used this staircase that led to a door in the floor of the room above. If they refused to go, they were chained to a metal ball in the scorching sunlight.
Elmina Castle: dungeoen rooms
Elmina Castle: The Door of No Return
Elmina Castle: view of coast from dungeon room
Elmina Castle Plaque
outside Elmina Castle
the coast next to Elmina Castle
Elmina Castle: coast
Elmina Castle: view
Elmina Castle: view from inside
University of Cape Coast
Me at Bernice's grandmother's house
watching the children's morning cermony at a school in Kumasi
at the school where Roland teaches
such interesting uniforms
Bernice, Roland and 2 students
the Vicande School, Kumasi
some cattle walking outside her grandmother's house
Bernice and her cousin
me and my satchet of water....so much fun to drink
Shayla and Bernice's cousin
this sign reminded shayla to be content despite the hotter than hell weather and frustrating transportation
at the shrine near Lake Bosomtwe
This looks like the same picture....but it's not
Shayla playing with Bernice's cousin after our shrine experience
somewhere between Kumasi and Tamale
crammed on the bus from Tamale to Mole
beginning our 6km walk to Mole Park
Mole National Park
a nice man saved us from walking the entire 6km
Foreground: Me Background: Elephants bathing
Mole Park sign
an elephant....notice the size of it's...
The elephant is really the darker color.
another nice person gave us a ride back to Tamale since there were no buses coming. "Yes pure water" (someone is always selling water)
If "Accra & Beyond"(our upcoming documentary) were a book, this would be the cover image.... Bernice during our 14.5 hour hot malfunctioning bus ride from Tamale to Accra.
My swollen ankle....from sitting for the 14 hours
Shayla in one of my grandmother's skirts
Me at Roland's family friend's place in Accra
Roland and Nana Ama Asantewaa (Bernice)
crazy white man at The Office (a club)
Naa Shome and Naa Shome
Bernice before our Ga naming cermony
Ga Naming Ceremony in Osu (Accra)
Ga Naming Ceremony
Shayla is her mother's first daugher at this family's naming ceremony so she is Naa Shome
I am my mother's first daughter so I am Naa Shome
Me and Shayla with the family from Detroit who also attended the Naming ceremony
Shayla before GHANA@50!
Me before GHANA@50!
Fireworks for the Golden jubilee
60 minutes of fireworks!
Then we walked to the concert with Ghanaian musicians including Reggie Rockstone
Shayla, Charlotte (bernice's cousin), me and Bernice at the concert
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial
Ofasa (Bernice's nephew)
at a birthday party on 6 Mar
at the birthday party
Ofasa at the birthday party (that's africa on his face, not a skull)
at a pool party....(the photographer actually thought he did a good job)
me and shayla at the Office with our free drinks
The Office after a few drinks
Shayla using her potion from the shrine
one of many unfinished family houses
Bernice and her mother at the airport seeing us off
me and shayla with bernice's mother
Ghana Airlines (maybe?)