Tema Ghana

Tema Ghana
Friday, August 25, 2006

I am in Tema, Ghana about 30 mile or one-two hours east of Accra the biggest city in Ghana. I had a personal decision to make, a goal setting decision, I was ready to enter Accra and changed my mind. As we were entering Accra from the west, going east into Accra the traffic was so bad I could not imagine entering the city. Although it was more or less modern there was wall to wall cars, people, venders selling gum, and anything. It was not my idea of why I came to Africa.

This is the nutshell, why am I in any country, why go to a country, why go traveling. The prime directive of travel is to enjoy yourself, the trip is not about anyone but yourself, it is a voyeuristic trip into what one person, yourself like to see.

Well, I did not want to see some huge city in Africa, I have decided no more huge cities in India, I just do not like huge cities. The city is about two million plus, not really huge, but bigger than what I like, I suppose I like a city to be less than 100,000 and preferably only about 5000-10,000 persons, and then I am in the perfect city size.

Culture, I like culture, cities destroy cultures, therefore why go to a demolished city of no traditional cultures, only the new, lost wondering culture, no benchmarks, no clean traditions.

Tema is big also, but I can only handle anymore so long in a bus or van before I wish to leave. It took me close to 4 hours to go 70-80 miles, this is slow on any planet, and mostly because of the traffic of Accra.

Tema is interestingly modern, it has nice road, nice streets, everything I seen as I entered has an air of order, like the place was designed and organized by city planners, not common on the planet earth. I almost went for the hotel next to the bus stop after I was taken to a the Sakumo Royal Hotel in a residential hard to find culture, remote area. I asked instantly to Priscilla the girl working in the bar, it there internet close, she instantly understood the word, and I felt confident she was telling the truth, so I rented a room.

Sakumo is one of them places where the guidebook writer I think had a car and found the hotels in Tema, it is a Car Orientated Hotel, not a walking area, the immediate neighborhood is spread out with little major business areas. Strange, though, it does have a nice internet café just down the street from the Hotel, not close, but not far, a short walk. At night there is no street lights to the main street, it is an African maybe it is dangerous rush, however is probably safe enough.


Tema Ghana

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