Welcome to Ghana

by ruthsmason

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In the port of Takoradi, drummers and dancers welcomed us.  The dock was full of the sounds of the Kpanlogo [bell on the right], the drumming, the musicians’ calls and responses, and dancing.  It set the tone for the whole stay–welcoming, and so full of color, human talent and pride in being peaceful.  The Good Tourist I am trying to be accepted my place as rich, white visitor.  I reached out and shook hands and opened up and was friendlier than usual,  knowing all encounters were my chance to make a good impression. Vendors set up stalls right in the port near the ship. They cajoled and pleaded with us–it was hard to resist the smiles and invitations to take a look.  I asked about fabric, and here’s what a young vendor came up with.

 

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We had fun, but this patchwork of fabrics used to make shirts, dresses and backpacks for tourists was not the indigo or famous wax batik of Ghana that I was looking for.  But, such a nice young man.  Here are some shots of the fares on offer.

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ImageWith all this  just beyond the gangway, what must await us in town?   Let’s go!

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