February 12, 2018
Woohoo, I finally found some wifi which means new stories and so many new pictures to share! In the middle of last week, electricity went out across campus and even though we have generators at our hostel, our wifi hasn’t been working ever since. The student network still isn’t fixed but we have a network to connect to at the International House (where all of the international affairs offices are), plus it is air conditioned so you know where I am!
Anyways, no one cares about all of that so let me get to the good stuff! Last weekend we went on a 7 hour trip to the Western Region to Ankobra Beach and Nzulezo Stilt Village. I am going to break up this weekend into two posts because there are just so many pictures that putting them all in one would be a little too much.
Anyways, we left campus at 5 in the morning to head about 7 hours west to the Ankobra Beach Resort where we would be staying for the night. We got there in good time, used the “washrooms” (no one calls them bathrooms here) and then got back on the bus to head another hour and a half to Nzulezo, the Stilt Village.
The hour and a half drive doesn’t take you to the village. Instead you end up in a small costal village where you then have about a 30 minute boat ride up the canal and across the Amansuri Lake to arrive at the village. Because it is the dry season, the creek/canal is low so we had to walk about 10 minutes up the canal to get on the boats.
On the other side is where we loaded the boats to head to the village
Because there are 24 of us in our group, we had to split up into three different boats
After about 30 minutes of me terrified for the life of my camera because my boat was taking on water, we made it to the village!
Nzuelzo is a village said to be built over 500 years ago by refugees fleeing from Mali during war. It is pretty hard to find a lot of information on this secret little place but if you do some digging, I am sure you could find out more if you really want to know! Or you can just talk to me
The next post coming later this week will be filled with pictures of sweet babies and what the inside of the village really looks like so stay tuned 🙂