Tema Ghana Towards Togo Tema Ghana Saturday, August 26, 2006
I am going east toward Togo today, I have many considerations, they may be the same for all travel decision, and however, normally the decision is obvious.
Considerations: - Time to destination? - Is there a hotel in the city? - Is the culture interesting? - Close to Togo Border, yet not corrupted by border.
I am traveling through Africa to see what the normal Africa is more or less or in this case West Africa. Then of course the specific culture, then in most of Africa the language group or ethnic specific cultures. Tribes are not correct here as there is presently no obvious clear definable difference between the tribes. Moreover, tribes means in the brain of people to be primitive, that is not true, a person can be from a tribe it seems, yet be very modern.
There is a type of cloth made or I believe woven in Ghana, I have not seen it being made, however it may be done in the north. There are cultures in a country, the real, the wanna sell culture, the tourist culture, and maybe the natural look at trees culture, a great way to avoid people.
WANNA SELL What the guidebooks and the locals push is what they want to sell me, the Kente Cloth is I think this; I have successfully avoided the tourist in Ghana, except in the city of Cape Coast. There I saw some made to sell, not necessarily used in daily life, however they want to sell the tourist as a part of the culture.
Cultures change, I think the Kente clothe is what they use to make the long dress like thingy that men where, it may also be the church type long cover a lot of fat dresses the women wear. There is dress up society that mean bright colors and normally the bigger people, a car, a walking around, a culture not interesting to me.
TODAY’S TRAVEL CHOICE
I could go to what I would assume is another empty tourist beach by the name of ADA, it is not people culture, more a beach culture, however the information in the guidebook is leaning toward, not-Ghana culture, more of made to sell culture. I will not go to Ada, Ghana today.
Looking at a map, I can see the bigger cities or think they are the bigger cities. Then I zoom in on the map and the number of cities increases. The Lonely Planet has a completely different set of cities and has cities it considers tourist attractions. It is difficult to use the Lonely Planet Map here because the Vans like to travel to the Ghana cities and does not care about what tourist want to see. The street signs, the buses are coordinated or planned to go to a place that may not be on the map of the Lonely Planet.
I am accustomed to looking at maps, I know how to read a map and figure out the best path. This is funny, a map is, was, and is always about finding the best travel path. The guide though more or less plucks cities of interest from the country, then maybe tells you how to travel from big city to big city, however does not tell you all the transits, or steps. The paper does not allow this; it takes too much paper and would use the whole book for travel directions.
In the end, a traveler needs to do the heavy lifting and figure out how to travel from one location to another. On the other hand, if the guidebook were specific, the readers would always be complaining that it was not correct. The guide give the times for the big buses or I think SCT buses, however I have yet to use one, I cannot be bothered to figure out all of this, a local called it Transport, as opposed to TroTro. She did not use the word bus; she said transport thereby meaning big bus.
KENYA IS CITY TARGET No, my target is Tove, I changed my mine, Kenya is interesting closer to the river or big water, but I think the lake is a dam, not natural, would not be natural culture. I think Tove is just up in the hills,
Yes, Tove is out of the Volta River floodplain and is higher, maybe, not easy to figure on my map, but it is up river, therefore had to be up. There are small streams or river leading down from the higher ground; I think they must have been smart enough to use the water to transport slaves down the river, and not the sole rendition that is always shown of slaves being pushed through the trees.
I am looking for a place with no tourist, which is easy, so far, only Cape Coast had tourist, but I also want a culture where Ghana has not bitten and thinks it is significant. This is normally not in the guidebooks, not pointed out and for sure avoided by travelers and tourist.
I think we will be leaving the Anglophone and going towards the Francophone culture as I get close to Togo, on the way to Tema I saw the signs start to have the words also in French.
Tove is maybe another language-evolved culture, the guide says, I have met nothing yet, but Fanti, but I am doing a coastal run, nothing stays normal along coast, the transportation is too easy. The culture changes as fast as the transportation.
Aaagh, CNN and BBC is on for about one-hour on this Metro TV in Tema, then it changes to this never ending singing about some Christian or Hip Hop type, or some commentary type things. TV is bleak in Ghana; CNN not my favorite source is better than nothing and better than any local channels. I have not seen a true cable or dish TV, however I think there is some Satellite.
I have to change, annoying the music.
I will go to Tove, Ghana, then I can stage a jump to Aflao, I cannot find it on the map, aagh, disappeared again, it is on the street signs. Lonely Planet shows Aflao, but the Encarta encyclopedia does not. I will search. It is at the border of Ghana and Togo on the Ghana side it appears. I like to stay on the culture clash borders, and muse. Therefore, I will spend one night there if it is possible.
Tove it is, I will write it on my hand, and on a piece of paper, to show the bus or TroTro people. I will say Togo though, and make sure they send me the right direction. If I leave now, 6:55 AM, I should be there by 12:00 noon, I will stop in the Internet at 8:00 AM for an hour, post all this and move on out, 25,000 Cedis is the price of taxi from Togo TroTro they say, to the Kakumo Royal Hotel here in Tema. Rooms from 70,000 to up to 120,000 Cedi. Taxi here is 20,000 to 25 for private, if you can figure out the shared, you are better than I am, but I am lazy on this travel factor.
IF Tove is a problem, no hotels, I will move towards a hotel towards Tove, if I say or show I want to sleep, somebody will figure out where the Abroni can sleep and pay on the normal people’s path to Togo. The tourist path is difficult and not so clear why it exists.
I am hoping to leave the fish culture and enter the chicken culture.
No internet for 5 days today is Saturday. Next internet is probably Lome, Togo, however strangely it seems like the world is getting more modern as I travel towards Togo and not less, it could be in Tove…