February 25th, 2008 – by: 01maynardjameskeenan
Akosombo port, waiting for boat
Today Edmund my taxi driver is taking me to Akosombo. A town at the south of Lake Volta
, the largest man-made lake in the world. Before we leave accra i tell Edmund i need to change some money because there are no exchange facillities in akosombo. We go back to the black market area we were in yesterday. We find our man and he eventually gives me a good rate. I always get a tiny thrill out of a good haggling, it gives you a feeling that you're your own man and can handle yourself and the world :) One guy passing by the taxi sticks his heaad in the window with a huge grin and asks, "where you frim m'man?". "Ireland" i say.... "Birmingham?" he says "in'it, in'it".. After a largely uneventful drive we foound the port from which i am going to get the MV Yapei Queen to Yeji tomorrow.
The journey is meant to take 36 hours but it can take anything up to 3 days. Edmund takes me to a hotel which is lovely if a bit touristy.. Edmund charges me 90 cedi (about 50 euro) which i stupidly hand over without thinking since im not use dto the currency, then the hotel won't let me pay by credit card. i'm left with a grand total of 33 cedi (18 euro) to get a taxi to the port, buy a ticket for the boat and buy food for possibly three days. I stay in my room and starve. What a dumb ass.
BUt you have to look on the bright side. I'm on my own at the bottom of western Africa, starving. My only source of nutrition is a packet of mini-silvermints i bought in Dublin airport to help cope with cabin pressure. Looking at my map i see the distance i intend to go.......Jaysus!.. Will i look back fondly on all this? Maybe i shold eat the lux soap.....