I have become lazy over these last few weeks and have had a hard time writing this blog. The big news is that we have moved to a new office building. I hope this does not come as a complete shock given the title of the blog. Before I go into details about the offices let me tell why we are moving. The moving is happening because group we are working with is separating into their own company, Waste Landfill’s. Therefor we have moved away from the Zoomlion main offices to this new location. The first thing you would notice about the office is, the building is painted with two shades of green. The next thing is that the new office was an old house. There are four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, and another smaller building at the back of the property. We asked our boss Peter about the office being an old house and he told us that this is common. Upon closer observation I realized this is true and the only multi-storied buildings have stores inside. Even then the top floor seems to always be empty. The only problem that I have noticed with the new office is that there is very little parking space, also it takes five minutes to park at the back of the house because the driveway is narrow and has a couple sharp corners.
We did a couple exciting things over the July 12th weekend. Kobi, the man who owns the guest house we are staying at returned from America. Kobi was kind enough to give us a ride to the Accra Museum because he was heading in that direction. The museum is small and not overly exciting. We managed to stretch it out for a couple of hours. The best section of the museum was about Ghana’s slave history. Another section that I found interesting was Ghana’s currency. The next day we went to Kobi’s farm. It is an organic farm that is located up on the side of a small mountain. While there we helped Kobi install a drip irrigation system. We spent all day cutting and attaching pipes to each other. Around 5pm the moment of truth came when we first ran water through the system. It worked, water was dripping from the lines onto the rows of vegetables. A couple of the lines needed readjusting, but overall the system worked well.
We finally went back to the Tema landfill. We did not spend too much time at the landfill. Francis and Richard took us to the landfill because there was a problem in cell 3. They have been dumping garbage into cell 3 for two months and the waste has already passed the height of the berms and I would estimate at a height of 6m from the base of the cell. We went to Tema because there was a leachate problem in cell 3. The pipe that drains the leachate from the cell was not opened properly. As a result the leachate had flooded a corner of cell 3. They are going to pump the leachate into the other cells so that they can access the drainage pipe and open it correctly.
On Saturday July 19 we went on a road trip to Boti Falls. We were joined by Kobi, his daughter, his cousin, and her three kids. The eight of us piled into one vehicle and left for the falls just before noon. We bought some snacks on the way. The drive took just over two hours because we had stop for directions a couple times. Stepping into the park area it does not look to impressive. We were not quite sure where the falls were because there was no sign pointing to them. A guild then took us to the stairs that led to the falls. The stairs wound their way down the side of the valley. We learned that there are 250 steps. At the bottom there was a small pool where the cascading water fell, no swimming was allowed which was a little disappointing. The falls split into two and must have been around 30m high. On the way back we stopped at a few other interesting places. The first was a three headed palm tree. The tree split into three tops and looks like a fork. Close to the palm trees was umbrella rock. The rock formation has the shape of an hourglass. Climbing down the side of the valley led to a small cave and river that feed into Boti falls. The drive back was not that exciting. We stopped to eat in Aburi and if you can believe it, it was quite chilly.