Ho, Ghana is a well-organized city located at the edge of a small mountain range that separates Ghana from Togo. The city is sits on a set of small rolling hill, a person is normally either walking up or down a small hill, there are few truly flat areas.
I am truly enjoying the market in Ho; normally walking around in Africa markets is a claustrophobic experience. This market in Ho is not clumped or cluttered, it is open and easy to walk, yes at time there are bottlenecks, and you need this to know the feeling of shopping in Africa.
Ho, Ghana West Africa --- Thursday, December 16, 2010
The transportation in Ho is fantastic after you understand how it works. For 20 cents USD, I can take a collective taxi anywhere in the city. I point at the direction I go, the taxi stops, I tell the taxi where I am going, he says yes or no, I enter and a few minute I am there.
Therefore, I can go the market easily and eat an egg sandwich; no location in the city is far. This type of Taxi system is common in West Africa; I was doing the same in Grand Bassam. Ho would be an excellent city for older people who wanted to come visit Africa. They could fly into Accra, be in Ho in four hours and never have worry about walking too much.
Video of my Sandwich Breakfast in Ho Ghana Market
Listen closely to the video, the man asked me for money because I took a video, I slide on through smoothly.
Video of Ho Ghana Market Below
The first time I came to Ho, I stayed in a Hotel called Work and Happiness, this Hotel was more of a bar with a Hotel attached. Because I happened upon the Tarso Hotel, not in the Lonely Planet, my whole opinion of Ho has change. I find it mentally intriguing what makes me happy, if I can wiggle my way into the proper housing, with adequate amounts common areas and people around, I can be happy in about any city. If by chance, I enter the wrong Hotel, it is easy for me to say the city is bad; I tend to transfer my Hotel experience to the city experience.
I have known for years in the back of my mind that general tourist liked their Hotel. When living in a four or five star hotel, then telling me you like the country or city, I do not listen. It is rather difficult to not like the feeling of a five star Hotel. However, to find the Home away from Home experience like the Tarso, Hotel is difficult. Ivy the girl that work there, is personable, if I stand up and start to walk away, she ask,
"Where are you going?"
This is nice; somebody cares what I am doing. Room cost 7 or 10 dollars and up, I will take a video of the Hotel soon.