Africa

Gorée to The Gambia

Gorée to The Gambia

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A 15-hour layover in Dakar, Senegal provides just enough time to sleep a few hours in the dismal airport hotel before cruising through Dakar’s…

Moving On: To The Gambia

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Another chapter ends, another begins. Two months in Ghana, two months of working and seeing, of looking back on what we’ve seen, looking around…

Buying Bread

Buying Bread

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gh_fishhead.jpg That I am ready to go home does not matter to Africa, which persists in being everywhere I look and all around me.

Cape Coast, Canopy, and College Kids

Cape Coast, Canopy, and College Kids

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ghcc_cannon.jpgThe dust has not settled from our trip north when we reconfigure our daypacks and we set out before sunrise, searching for transport to Cape Coast. There’s not much traffic in Accra before six a.m. on a Saturday morning, not the kind that grinds to a halt for 15 minutes at a time, gridlocked in noxious exhaust, as happens in the afternoons. No, the air is actually cool and the streets gray and empty as we go from the STC bus station to Kwame Nkumrah Circle, then to Kaneshie Market, until we finally find a westbound tro-tro and climb in for the 3-hour cruise.

Back from the Bush: Two Weeks in Northeast Ghana

Back from the Bush: Two Weeks in Northeast Ghana

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ghn_kids.jpgTo travel is to disappear. At least it used to be, before blogs and cell phones plugged our movements into the ether for anyone to access and share. Keyboards and keypads have been at my fingertips for most of this journey but sometimes, I go deep enough that even the gadgets are left behind. And while it is true that an unusual span of radio silence might signify the Tranquilo Traveler’s actual demise (by shipwreck, assassins, or shark attack, most likely), it is more probable that I have simply gone beyond wires and signals.