Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Clarke 3 Comments
The first person told us two and a half hours. The second reported around three and a half. The third said four. Six hours plus one flat tire later, we enter Wa in the Upper West Region of Ghana. This is the main city of the Wala people and in contrast to the south, where the majority of people are Roman Catholic, this region is primarily Muslim. The local language is different up here, so all the Twi phrases we’ve learned over the past week won’t do us any good for the next couple of days.
Today we meet Brother Bosca. He’s put us up at the In Service Training Centre, a full-service Catholic training retreat centre on the west side of the city. The rooms are nice and we quickly unload our things as we are a little bit late. A quick lunch follows and then we split up again, off to Xavier Secondary Boys School and the St. Cecelia Parish.
Andras Schram and I stay back in the room to work on some of the photography. By now, Andras has taken over 4,000 pictures and we are working at distilling them down to the appropriate sizes and undertaking the mammoth task of trying to get the best ones ready for upload. Below are some of our favourites.
Supper follows where we meet up with four nursing students from Kelowna, BC doing a portion of their third year practicum (whoa! more white people). Brother Bosca invites us out into the courtyard for drinks, where we all chat for a few hours under the beautiful African sky before heading to bed.