For weeks all of the foreign exchange students raved about a beach resort called Green Turtle Lodge (whose slogan is don’t chop turtles), so Stephen and I finally decided to make our way there on Friday, October 16. It was quite a long journey, but people were very helpful with getting us on the right path so that we made it to the beach just before sunset. Unfortunately, all of the lodging was booked and we were told we would have to check the hotel about a mile away. As we were leaving we heard the group behind us say that they had two fewer people, so they did not need one of their tents, so we ended up getting the smallest tent on the beach, but we didn’t mind since it was still a place to stay. They served us a delicious meal of vegetable curry, thick fries, and a goblet of hot chocolate while we talked to a Norwegian and a Canadian about their experiences in Ghana. Once we finished eating and chatting we stepped out onto the beach and were taken aback by the visibility of the stars and the amazing show being put on by bioluminescent plankton that made the waves light up in neon green.
In the morning we woke up early and ordered Green Turtle’s famous French toast with caramelized bananas, and talked to a German brother and sister who were vacationing there. The rest of the day was spent lying around in the sun, playing soccer and jumping in the waves. In the evening there was a live drumming performance and a night walk to look for turtles (we didn’t see any though). We reluctantly left Sunday morning so that we could be back in time for our Monday classes, and shared a taxi with a really interesting couple from Holland who quit their jobs to spend a year traveling through Africa, before sitting by a British couple on the trotro back to Accra.