Ghana Travel Stories, Page 19

Apam to Accra Ghana

Apam to Accra Ghana
Apam Ghana
Thursday, August 24, 2006

I will somehow progress to Accra today, I think I need to get to the Apam Junction then take a TroTro to Accra. It is is also possible I need to return to the TroTro station in Apam, catch a TroTro already destined for Accra. I would feel like saying this is difficult, the problem is more annoying as they do pack us into the TroTro and are very vigilant to try to con me. The culture is annoying as about only one in five can be trusted at a bus stop to help in a clear and true manner.

I guess it will take me about two hours to travel to Accra from porthole to porthole, the stops of the TroTro is an unknown amount of time. However, there always appears to be a TroTro going somewhere.


Apam to Accra Ghana


Lodging or Mission

Lodging or Mission
Apam Ghana
Thursday, August 24, 2006

I had a man working outside the King Pobee or more or less sitting with his friends doing nothing in front of a business center, this make me laugh, but he asked,
- Are you lodging or a mission? -

English here in Ghana sucks; it is never just simple, I can never assume words have the same meaning as me, or even the Brits. The English is used, and never checked against a big population of persons who use English. One person rather learns English and he or she is the only one in the area at his or her proficiency level.

This is the first time I have heard the word Mission, maybe he is referring to missionaries, or religious person who wish to convert Christians to Christians in this area, I am making a joke, everyone around Ghana so far seems to be Christians, hard to have a need for Christian Missionaries.

I speculate that 99 percent of the persons in Ghana are here with an excuse or already decided reason. Something to do with helping or working with the Ghana people. I have yet to see anyone that needed help or seriously needed help, the straight line beggars here are at a minimum. Food is everywhere, I do think the girls having babies and not being married could be a huge problem, bad food groups is a problem maybe, however hard to help this, and the mothers having babies is strange.

Mission, I need to ask this boy, maybe I will be lucky and on my escape this morning he will be out sitting and talking again. I am happy that massive drinking does not seem to be normal as it is in most countries.


Lodging or Mission


Is Africa Poor

Is Africa Poor
Apam Ghana
Thursday, August 24, 2006

I realized just the fact I wrote this, means in some ways I think Africa is poorer. It is not that I think Africa is poor though, I have been told all my life Africa is poor, therefore I think of poverty when I am here, in South America and in Asia, India, I do not think of poverty. However, I would say maybe South America is poorer than Africa so far, I do not have enough travel time to know.

Poverty Questions

I am sitting here reading in the Encarta Encyclopedia about poverty. It is amazing how much research is done, then entered into an Encyclopedia. Poverty is difficult, I do not personally believe you can define poverty by money, it is not accurate. Many people earn very little money, however have many possessions. It must somehow be related to need, not want, but needs.

I am thinking with a lot of introspection I could design a 10-question form that would help me determine if a person is poor. I normally know, a person saying they want money or are poor has almost nothing to do with being poor, it just means they have learned.

I am in Apam, Ghana in the King Pobee Hotel, I have a girl two dollars because I was stupid, and now I need to leave the Hotel. They line up waiting for me to leave the room so they can try to ask for more money. It is very annoying the because this country ask for money and just never stops, it is as if someone trained them to ask for money.

However, there is a difference between a beggar and a manipulator, a manipulator sees and opportunity and tries, while a beggar is a full time job.

I know there is no reason to give people money, I do not care how much my desire to help the world is, I am wrong. I cannot feel and help; I believe it is better to be customer that allows people to make money by work.

I suppose this poverty questionnaire would or should be more, is there a reason to give them help. How can I give help without training them to be beggars?


Is Africa Poor


Apam Ghana

Apam Ghana
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Apam is one big village that revolves around a bay full of fishermen; I think the normal source of income is related to fishing. Nevertheless, a wonderful place to see many boats. The Fort Patience, built by the Dutch is to me a kick, it is a fort, but I do not think it took much for the English to take it away, or a big fight. You could siege it very easy and take it, not big enough to really fight over. However, sleeping in the fort allowed me to ponder the many feature of a fort and the why they have this and that in the fort.


Apam Ghana


Cape Coast to Apam

Cape Coast to Apam
Apam Ghana
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

My new friend Loes was leaving the next day, therefore, I decided to accompany here to a small or medium size village by the name of Apam, very close to Accra. I measured on my Encyclopedia map; it is about 47 miles as the crow flies, not as close as I thought. The TroTro - Combi type van buses seem to take longer and are more uncomfortable. There is not enough room for my legs, I need to keep my one computer bag on my lap, and the trips seem longer than they really are, but not very far for travelers.

Apam is about 66 miles from Cape Coast, and now I will go to Accra tomorrow, Loes left today.

I am not sure what is up with her, she slept terrible, and they woke and did one of them I am doing what I am doing things. We have separate rooms, only friends, she is young, I rather was glad she left. Not sure, she is wrapped too tight on how to maintain her happiness.

Fort Patience Apam
There is this very small fort, which is now used for a Rest Home or maybe a flophouse hotel. It has no electricity, a great view, sort of sea breezed, like living in a big stone fort, but the water and toilet situation is almost a zero. The man put a kerosene lantern in the room, no mosquito nets or anything. Just one notch above camping, for 40,000 Cedi or 4 dollars U.S.

The location may be perfect, close to everything, however extremely rustic, I doubt anyone stays more than two nights or they would need a shower.

Loes was excited to live in the place, then suddenly has to leave, I had not fully unpacked, therefore I came to another hotel, not a good location, but for one dollar more or 50,000, I have electrify, no running water, and a fan. However, impossible to get to the city without taking a taxi or walking for a half hour or more, it is ok; I will leave for Accra tomorrow. The place is nice; the water is carried though from the well to the room in buckets. Not a bad method, just a little slow.

I did not go with Loes because she told me where she was going, not a choice or no options, or consideration in the least for me, so time to allow her to be her and separate. Traveling and travelers are extremely selfish person, I do not accompany or try to accompany when they just tell me where they are going. It is European and the Scandinavians do this as natural, you have to just say where you are going and then maybe they will come off their harsh commands.
It does not matter, I was laughing she says she has seen too many movies and maybe cannot separate fiction from reality, therefore a castle or fort makes her think it is haunted.

She was all excited to volunteer to go to villages in Niger and help do health education, do not think she would fair well if the bed in the fort made here leave. It was a bed, it was room that is more than can be expected in most villages that need visited in Niger. I would anticipate clay dirt or find a way to hook up a hammock would be common.

Mood a swing, traveling too fast and too quick, that is my assessment, cannot miss a think and overwhelms herself, need to control her life or is not in control.

All this is humorous because she was really wanting to go to a place that was primitive, but primitive is primitive… hehehe

I did find out my new self-powered squeeze to power the flashlight I purchased in Thailand for 2 dollars works perfect, I do not need batteries. This is really a nifty toy, and I needed it to read my book.


Cape Coast to Apam


Volunteers in Ghana

Volunteers in Ghana
Cape Coast Ghana
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I have been talking the last couple of days with a girl from Holland that volunteered to teach health education in northern Ghana. She is young, full of energy and calls herself a researcher. This is all intriguing to me, as I wish to do, and am doing research on malnutrition problems. There seems to be two types of people who do research, those who believe they know how to do research like my new friend or the professors from Penn State, or those who do not work with Universities or Colleges, however still do research.

That was confusing; I guess I am thinking there is this idea that a person has to be in a University systems or structure to do research. This is something, I am tempted to say dysfunctional, there is a label needed to give the person a title, then when they have a title, they will be a researcher.

It is like the Lion, I cannot remember, one of them got a diploma in the Wizard of Oz. However, suddenly the Wizard gives him a diploma and he is smart. Maybe more correctly he now or suddenly believes he is capable of being smart, because he has the label and the diploma.

FOCUSED ENERGY

To volunteer in Ghana, to volunteer in any country, a person must somehow channel the energy of a person towards a problem or solution. I know I am going to challenge the girl in the next two days, are you helping or hurting. Ahimsa the Hindu saying of
- First, do no harm -


Volunteers in Ghana


Cape Coast to Apam to Tema Ghana

Cape Coast to Apam to Tema Ghana

I have left Cape Coast, went to Apam for two days, SKIPPED Accra and went to Tema, Ghana. I will stay here for a couple of days.

This is out of sequence, as I have to post the comments when I can figure out how to use my computer or flash.

Cape Coast to Apam to Tema Ghana


Removing Norton Anti-Virus Program

Removing Norton Anti-Virus Program
Cape Coast Ghana
Monday, August 21, 2006

Three weeks ago, I renewed my Norton Anti-Virus program. It turned on many configurations that has harmed my computer and stopped me from using my computer. It is worst than a virus, it makes me feel that all is ok then I discover later my computer did not perform the task.

I send emails, the Norton Anti-Virus program stops the Foxmail program from sending, however shows that is it is sent. I have been using this program for 10 years, I know how it works. The Norton turned on Microsoft updates and now my computer is locking. I discovered it did this too late, I am hoping that restore removes these Microsoft updates. I do not update my computer with the live updates, the hurt my computer more than they help. I am having many problems with memory crashes; the resources that Norton used seemed to eat the whole computer memory.

The only way I could use my computer was to exit the program and it would turn itself back on, it is impossible to use, and dangerous in my opinion to data, a computer and programs. It is invasive and not passive.

This is the 2006 version, I have removed and I am finding it has little things running to remove in about 3-4 locations, it is not one thing to remove it is multiple. Amazing, it is the virus, it has infected my computer, I am hoping my computer will stop locking; I am in the big brain computer countries of the planet.

Change is always dangerous to a computer, if it working, adding something can only make it confused, a confused computer has a clash, locks, and stops.


36 dollars or something lost.

Removing Norton Anti-Virus Program