I woke up this morning ready to meet my trip to see the Wli waterfalls (the tallest in Western Africa) and the Mona monkeys. We left at 7am and had a 4 ½ hour drive ahead of us that ended up not being so bad because it was good sleeping time. I had the opportunity to hang out with a group of some really great students and got to know them a little bit better. When we got to the area near the waterfalls we had about a 45 minute hike (or stroll for some) to them and there were some pretty amusing conversations that ranged from the shear amazement that we were hiking through the African jungle/rain forest to comparing our outdoor gear to singing about the adventure we were on. I think the group of people I was surrounded by really added to the great day that I had.
Our next stop would be to see the Mona monkeys in the village of Tafi Atome where they have kept these monkeys sacred. After a short walk into the jungle/rainforest we waited for our guide to call to the monkey. When they appeared he handed out pieces of banana for us to feed to the monkeys and showed us the proper way of feeding them You should be able to hold out the piece of banana then the monkey will come up to you and while you are holding it they will peal it and gently nibble at your banana. So I volunteered to be the first banana feeder and my initial experience went slightly different when the monkey I went to feed roughly snatched the banana from my hand (I have a scratch on my hand to prove it and the rumors on the ship about how I was attacked by a monkey).
Here I am in the aftershock:
Here is the progression:
The sun shining through the trees moments before the sky opened up:
Here are some scences from the village:
This morning was another early start to what would be a very productive day. I was headed out on a Semester at Sea trip to do some work with Habitat for Humanity. We were unsure of what to expect (which seemed to be the trend in Ghana) and got on the bus for our 2 hour and 45 minute drive to a small village to help with some of the labor needed in building a house. There were 45 of us who went and we were split into 3 teams of 15 people each and were responsible from moving dirt to help lay the foundation in the houses that were being built.
Here is digging taking place:
I really enjoyed my time in Ghana and again I feel like I was able to get a pretty well rounded experience. I am grateful for my time here and would not mind returning someday. I think if you have an ability to connect with someone who is from the place you are visiting regardless of the destination and what you actually doing you have an enhanced experience. The people I have met and traveled with have made all of the difference to my experience.