Friday, March 20, 2009

UPDATED - Crocodiles and Canopies

Wow. Today was jam packed...again. We headed out early in hopes of having a half day (spend a little quality time relaxing around the pool or on the beach). It didn't happen but I think it was worth it. After breakfast we headed to the batik workshop. Since we had picked out our patterns yesterday, all we had to do was pick fabric, decide on layout and then get working. Easier said than done. These students are incredibly creative. I saw several great designs. They were so great that I decided to ditch my original pattern and choose a completely new one. And I wasn't the only one to do a swap - but they all turned out wonderfully. Blues, purples, reds, and green were hung everywhere to dry.

Our next stop was for lunch. Pulling out good designs like that uses up lots of energy. We went to Hans Cottage Botel. That's not a typo. It's really botel (a hotel on the water). But this was no ordinary hotel. They had crocs and I don't mean the sandals! Some of the students even paid 1GH to touch one (I'll post photos soon).

After lunch, we headed towards Kakum National Park, also known as the Canopy Walk. Though I participated in this activity, I was too terrified to let go of the ropes long enough to take pictures. The students took quite a few so I'm hopeful they will share. And you are welcome to ask them just how pale I was during the trip.

Thinking this was the highlight of the day, we headed for the hotel for some late dinner and rest. Tomorrow is an early day. But we were treated with authentic tribal music and dance. The group even got some of the students up to perform with them (I'll also post these photos soon). It was quite amazing. Lots of us shot video and I am hopeful that I can lighten it up so you can see what is going on. Stay tuned.

Tomorrow is going to be another early jam-packed day. We will be stopping to see as much as possible before returning to Accra and the airport. I can almost guarantee that everyone (students and chaperones) will be asleep on the plane rides home. We are so tired. Please do not worry if you do not hear from us until we return home on Sunday. Internet access or time may be limited in Amsterdam though I will do my best to keep you informed.

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