First day in Accra. The stretch of beach in front of where we are staying at the Afia hotel was turned into a sporting arena from early morning. Boys playing football, others doing push ups in the sand. Women with buckets on their heads which had small bags of water inside for sale. There was a judo class which completely threw me. I joined the masses and got in a run, but that didn’t last long as the tide was coming in by the time I eventually got down there!

Ghanaians seem to take keeping fit seriously. This maybe explains why the national football team were so physically fit in the World Cup.

Being a Sunday we decided to take it easy. We checked out the Osu area, partly to find somewhere else to stay until the vehicle arrives and also to check out a restaurant called Baku.

The Guinness World Record for the slowest service goes to Ghana. Well, so far anyway. Unbelievably slow. Bun waited for twenty minutes to get some extra butter at breakfast this morning before she went up to ask for it again!

Baku was a smart place and our introduction to Ghanaian food, and a few Nigerian dishes in there as well. Bun ordered palm nut soup with meat. She only realised after it came that there was all sorts of unidentifiable pieces of meat hiding under the surface. Bun got totally confused when she spooned out a small crab. She gave it a go, but couldn’t take it for long. I had ground nut soup with chicken and fufu (staple food of west Africa, made from boiled cassava and yams and pounded until it produces a thick paste. In Ghana they substitute the yam for unripe plantain).

Interesting food and we will discover more of  it as we go along.

We wandered back and had a good walk through Osu and towards Independence Arch & Square, built as a massive centrepiece to Ghanaian Independence. Almost right next to it is the Ohene Djan stadium used by the football teams, Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club (might be remembered for the tragedy in 2001 when 126 people died in Africa’s worst footballing disaster) and the Accra Great Olympics Football Club.

So, we are here until the vehicle arrives sometime around the 6th. We are just getting a route together to work out how we will head north into Bukina Faso after we have taken in Togo & Benin. Right now we aim to be in Ghana until the end of August.