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Friday, October 11, 2013

Sensational Ghana


From the moment of waking up, my head is filled with sounds and smells. The thunder clattering overhead whilst the thick raindrops pelt the tin roof. The sound is soothing, like that of the small river forming outside my window. Beneath the sounds of nature I can hear children laughing and calling to one another as they splish and splash with the smell of burning charcoals floating overhead. Ghana is by far a wealth of sensory richness, the type that you only get when you read your favourite novel or watch a Disney film.

One thing that I already love about Ghana is the colour! Colour is everywhere, from the rich read earth beneath my feet to the abundance of fruit and vegetables at the market; the oranges here are green!

Our drive to work in the morning is a prime example of the sensory experience we are lucky enough to be immersed in everyday. As the bright sunshine towers overhead we see the sights of hundreds of children lining up in the playground, their uniforms bright against the red earth and lush green trees.

This is quickly replaced by the hustle and bustle of the market coming to life, the smell of cooking plantain sweet in the air and the vibrant outfits of the women in the market flashing past. People call to one another in native tongue as the horns of motorbikes and the bells of bicycles flick and trill. Motorbikes whip and weave between the traffic as I stare onto the winding road ahead. Closing my eyes I am filled with an abundance of sounds and smells. I hear the wind whip through the open windows and the crunchy gravel beneath the tyres as I smell burning charcoals and the wet leaves drying in the sunshine.

Ghana is the definition of a delight to the senses, the colours piercing your eyes everywhere you look, the sun shining down on your head or the pelting raindrops plopping into out-reached palms. The call to prayer rings out above the hustle of daily life as choirs in churches sing to the sky. Children run and jump their way to school as women side saddle motorbikes on their way to work. Ghana truly opens you to a new way of seeing the world, not only through the sights you see, but to the sounds you hear, the smells wafting through the air and the things you embrace with open arms.

Spice sellers in Tamale market