The Kingdom of the Ashanti, a wonderful trip to Ghana in West Africa, a rich and vibrant culture and a naturally beautiful country. Our trip took us from Accra on the Atlantic coast to Bolgatanga in the far north close to the border with Burkina Faso, on the way visiting Kumasi the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom.
In Adanwomasi we watched the local men weave the colourful cloth proudly worn by the Ashanti people. In the market place a shopkeeper wanted to sell us a piece of the cloth telling us it was very useful for carring your baby. I asked how the baby stayed in place without falling out, she quickly disappeared and returned moments later with a "borrowed" baby and effortlessly swung it on her back wraped the cloth around the baby and tucked it up neatly - "easy", she proudly said ! One of those memorable moments that stay with you long after the trip is over.
Fast food takes on a new meaning when we stopped for lunch by the side of the road for deep fried yams but we did not try the barbecued bats ! The history of the slave trade gave us much to think about, overall a varied trip of culture, history, National Parks and rainforests. Ghana is well worth a visit, an excellent trip ! (GN -October 2008)