Sunday, April 18, 2010
For the past week I have spent my time with fellow AFS-ers hiking and trekking through the jungles of the Volta Region. Let me tell you…it was not easy. The jungles are hot, humid, and sunny; climbing mountains in these conditions is very difficult. But it was fun! It was fun to be with the other foreign people and hear how their experiences have been. It is really interesting to see how us 11 kids (we were 14…haha) can come from all different countries, speak all different languages, but in three months time, we all come together and speak the same Twi and say the same weird English phrases that get us by. It is nice to see I’m not alone. But it is actually weird that I got home sick from leaving my home in Ghana to go on this trip! When I got back to Accra, I was happy to be home! But the trip was amazing! We saw lots of cool places! The rain forests in the Volta Region are so beautiful! The vines hang down from the trees as they smack you in the face, and there are trees covered in ants as you grab them for balance, as well as heat that transforms into sweat that drips off of your body and soaks your clothes. It was definitely an experience I will never forget! We also hiked to the top of a mountain and could see the bordering country, Togo, from the top! The most spectacular site we visited was the Wli Falls. The falls are estimated at 150 feet in height and is said to be the largest water fall in Western Africa. We went swimming underneath it; it hurt so very much, but was completely worth it! Outside of our mountain top escape, stick bugs and scorpions lived…which was really scary…but it was neat to see them wild, and not in a zoo. We also went to a village where the monkeys live next to a village. The village people said that the monkeys are sacred to them. They also say that the monkeys take their food haha. I got to feed a monkey a banana though! It was a fun trip! I’m just now realizing that I will be back in my natural home sooner than later, time is clicking!