Riehlife off to Ghana on African Holiday…back in 2009

Between December 6th to January 7, Riehlife goes on holiday as Janet travels to Ghana, a place she lived and worked for several years in the 1970s. This trip will be far more simple than her August trip to Southern Africa.

Because I’ll only be staying in two locations, I’ll be taking a few more things with me, including my laptop. I hope to pick up a mobile phone once I’m there for calls within Ghana. I have SKYPE on my computer, so if I can get wireless access, that would open up a new option as well to keep in touch with friends and family in America. We’ll see.

I’m mostly there to visit old friends I worked with 30 years ago and make some new friends. I’ll being staying first in Busua Beach at African Rainbow Resort. Go to their website to see where I’ll be staying and some of the wonderful side trips from there. I’ll mostly be writing and swimming and relaxing. I’ll turn 60 on December 29th and feel better about this birthday and my life as a whole than I have in quite a while. That’s really my best birthday present…this greater feeling of being well within my skin.

From there I’ll move back to Accra, the Capitol city, where my old friends live. I’ll be staying independently and connecting with them as their schedule allows.

For those of you whom GHANA is a new place, here are a few coordinates. It’s in West Africa, near the equator, and on the Greewich meridian. It is bounded in the NW by Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), on the eat by Togo, on the south by the Atlantic ocean, and the West by La Cote D’Ivoire (known as the Ivory Coast).

Ghana’s total area is 238,537 sq. km (92,100 sq. miles). Other large cities beside Accra are Tamale, Seckondi-Takoradi, and Kumasi. The terrain is composed of plains and scrubland, rain forest, a tropical climate…a population of 17.7 million as estimated in 1997.

There are 10 regions namely the Northern, Upper West, Upper East, Volta, Ashanti, Western, Brong-ahafo, and Greater Accrra.

Therefore, whether you are new to our community here or whether you are a long-time reader, I invite you to browse the archives. They are rich and full. And the top bar contains information about my poetry book “Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary.”

We’ll see you, reliably back in this space in after January 10th. Until then, Darlings, it’ll be catch as catch can.

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  1. Just a note to let you know I have been thinking of you over the past weeks,. Of course, some of the thoughts centered around the news we are getting here about some of the turmoil. Am anxious to have a chance to hear your thoughts.

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