Photo Updates from Ghana

After a little over a week in Accra, yesterday I traveled 8 hours to Techiman – a town pretty much straight in the middle of Ghana. I’m hanging out here for a few days before heading to Koforidua on Tuesday. Techiman is beautiful, and approximately 1000 degrees cooler than Accra. I’ve been enjoying the breeze, afternoon rain storms, and just chilling in a quiet neighborhood. Tomorrow we’re planning on going out mountain biking through some of the rural farm area, and I’m pretty pumped to hit the single track : ).

But at last – some pictures! First are some photos from a container unloading at the Accra warehouse. This container arrived from Re-Cycle in the UK, and although I wasn’t able to get there in time to see the actual unloading of the bikes, I got to see the selling process afterwards, which was what I really wanted to see.

When the bikes come out on the other side.
When the bikes come out on the other side of the ocean.
As the container unloads, the buyers stack the bikes they want to buy in a pile and then wait to negotiate the price at the end.
As the container unloads, the buyers stack the bikes they want to buy in a pile and then wait to negotiate the price at the end.
Mountains of bikes everywhere.
Mountains of bikes everywhere.

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The next day VBP loaded a big truck with 100 bikes for 5 days of one-day workshops in the Northern part of the country. They’ll be doing 5 one-day workshops where they distribute 20 bikes a day, and then they will be teaching 2 days of advanced mechanics training to the first 50 people who come.

Truck loaded with 100 bikes headed out to the bush.
Truck loaded with 100 bikes headed out to the bush.
Prepping tools for the advanced tool workshop.
Prepping tools for the advanced tool workshop.
Inside the VBP Warehouse - bikes prepped for programs.
Inside the VBP Warehouse – bikes prepped for programs.


And lastly, here are some other fun photos from the last few days.

Accra's one and only bike path! Hey (wo)man - it's off road infrastructure.
Accra’s one and only bike path! It’s off road infrastructure!
Wear your helmets people.
Wear your helmets people.

And my favorite – from the woman at the tax office:

Dress down Friday at the IRS.
Dress down Friday at the IRS.

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