Destination — Accra, Ghana

We spent a few extra dollars on airfare from Nepal to Ghana in order to avoid an overnight stay in Delhi. We definitely didn’t want to go back there again. Due to the fuel crisis, however, we had to make a quick fuel stop in Delhi, but thankfully did not pick up any additional passengers, which left ample empty seats for the long journey to Istanbul. We flew Turkish Airlines (awesome!) to Istanbul where we had a 19-hour layover. I was really hoping to get to see a bit of the city, but the timing just didn’t work out. The airlines also hosted us in a nice hotel and we took full advantage of the electricity, warmth, hot showers, and breakfast buffet.

Our next leg of the flight took us over the Sahara Desert, which was absolutely stunning. None of our pictures do justice to the view we had of the sand dunes at sunset, but I will tell you that we stared out the window for hours.

Africa is definitely different than any other place we have been to thus far. At every stop light you will find people walking up and down selling everything from chewing gum to toilet paper, wiper blades to end tables. Many ladies carry enormous tubs on their heads with ease, often with a baby tied on their backs. Set a little further back on the sidewalk, there are people selling vegetables, used clothing, new suits, and just about anything else you might need. Fabrics are brightly colored and patterned and, I’m told, often have a meaning. Apparently there is one particular pattern that means “I don’t love my husband anymore.” When the wife goes out wearing a dress in that pattern, the husband knows he’s in trouble and so does the entire neighborhood!

We visited the national memorial tomb and park of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the man who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as Ghana’s first prime minister and president. Although the park has seen better days, we were able to get a sliver of the history of Ghana.

Finally, we played an intense game of mini golf in Accra. Playing mini golf is a favorite thing to do for our family while on vacation. And this was, by far, the best time we’ve had and the first time that Ty was able to squeak out a win! Just to give you an idea of how serious this is, I won a game in the summer of 2014 in England, Ray won our next match in Japan, and now Ty has won in Africa. Next game is scheduled for spring break 2017 in Tuscon, Arizona!

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