Arriving to Takoradi after a few days on the road was refreshing. We don’t realize how spoiled we are on our ship until we leave for a few days. It’s not the same as backpacking for a month or two at a time where we are truly living out of our backpacks and we only have so many choices for accommodations. In this case, our home is always there, no matter which country we are in. Our cabin, our clothes, our own beds, free food from the dining, and hot showers are always available. And when this is available, it makes staying in other places, like Airbnbs, seem not as nice as they otherwise would. What I’m trying to say is that it was nice to get back on the ship for night 3 of 4.
While we were traveling, the ship sailed from Tema to Takoradi, about 200 miles southwest. So now we were in a brand new city on southwestern Ghana, and we had just one last day left to explore.
In the morning of our last day, we went with the executive dean, assistant executive dean, and a marine biologist professor, and we went to a local Ghanaian artist known as the Fish Man. He paints with oil on large canvases, and his paintings are mostly made of small fish into large aquatic designs. It’s hard to describe, but the Fish Man invited us to his studio and showed us many of his pieces of work. We found him from a friend of the assistant executive dean. The Fish Man is from Ghana but shows much of his work in Barcelona, and he also has an upcoming show in Los Angeles in which he’ll be represented. It was a nice visit to see some very unique art!
Afterwards, Chika, the marine biologist, and I took a taxi into Takoradi and walked around their city market. It is supposedly the largest produce market in Ghana, as it span all the way around a large circular intersection with vendors inside and outside the structure. Vendors were selling anything from tomatoes to avocados, and from snails to crabs. After getting overwhelmed by the amount of activity, along with the smells, we decided to head off in a different direction to try to find a place with internet and/or food. Because we don’t have much internet on the ship, it’s always a planned stop when we’re on land.
Throughout the afternoon, we walked on our quest for internet, finally finding a good spot for 30 minutes. Our lunch was again the delicious fufu, of which Chika and I each had our own bowl! Finally, our time in Ghana was winding down, and our on-ship time (the deadline to be back on the ship) was getting near. We took a taxi back to the port, went through ship security, and then embarked the ship and back to our normal lives as we sail south to South Africa.