I spent my last weekend in Ghana exploring the historic city of Cape Coast about 4 hours west of Accra. NYU brought our group on a field trip there in the very beginning of the semester, but traveling alone always offers a very different way of experiencing a place than traveling in a large group. I’m happy I decided to make the journey, because after spending the weekend there with a friend Cape Coast became my favorite place in Ghana.
Cape Coast was originally called the Gold Coast, and is the location of the two biggest slave castles in the world. We spent all of Saturday touring the Cape Coast Castle, hiking up hills to abandoned light houses that definitely provided the best view in the city, eating as much redred and jollof rice as we could (knowing I will sorely miss the local cuisine), drinking the uniquely Ghanaian akpeteshie drink, and fawning over the cutest wild beach piglets I have ever had the fortune of seeing.
The history of the city has left its mark; there is a heaviness in the air and a constant foreboding grayness to the sky, and a quietness to the city that I had yet to experience in loud and vibrant Ghana. But Cape Coast is also the most beautiful city I have seen here, and the people are the nicest and chillest I have met in these past months. I will no doubt be back sooner than I think, I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away from Ghana for too long.