well, it’s a new day and i’m ending it in a new hotel.
sunday, between the time we left the guest lodge to explore accra and got back that night, theresa discovered $200 USD and 100,000 GHCs (about $10 USD) missing from her room—luckily just a small portion of the total amount she had locked in her desk. she didn’t want to confront them and cause a ruckus, and she had no physical proof of the theft—she was even second-guessing having had the money in the first place.
bottom line, she didn’t feel comfortable staying there, breakfast sucked (toast and butter with tea/coffee), and internet was spotty/unavailable. so we decided to mention it to usaid and see if they thought we could switch to la-palm royal.
well, usaid got us their special rate, we showed up at the eastoment after work today, checked out with haste, got charged for a full night’s stay tonight (grrr), and took our leave. thankfully usaid had provided us with a driver which made it very easy to transfer our belongings to la-palm, which is opulent and luxurious and wonderful compared to the spartan eastoment—and it’s costing us the same amount!
the internet at the hotel, which i am using right now, is faster than at usaid! we’re staying on the ocean, the pool is amazing (apparently the largest in ghana), there is polynesian food at the hotel—which, by the way, is divided up into a dozen or so “chalets” each of which have about a 10 rooms.
this work that we’re doing is hard. it’s office/consulting work, and so a hotel that delivers a memorable experience is almost enough to make the entire journey worthwhile. theresa, who originally had opted for more modest accommodations on the advice of a colleague has completely come around to my way of thinking. and now she wants to go eat. so i may post more later—depending on how late this wonderful business center is open.