The final place that we stayed on our trip along the west coast of Ghana was Coconut Grove Village, near Elmina. Everyone gets a cold cocunut when they arrive there, except that we zoomed off to our rondavel before I could get mine (I did eventually get one).
The previous week we’d paid US dollars, at a rate of 1 : 3 Cedis, for our hired car, so when we were asked to pay our basic bill at the Coconut Grove Village, I asked how much it would be, as the website quotes US $s. The girl at the counter said their exchange rate was 1 $ : 3.5 Cedis plus a 5% credit card charge. So I said I’d pay in US $s with my debit forex card, which she accepted without the 5% surcharge. When, the next day, I went to pay the food bill, I asked for it to be changed into US $s at a rate of 1 : 3.5 and again paid with a debit forex card.
This was the fanciest place in which we stayed. There was even a pool.
The guys in the car park at Elmina ask you your name when you get out of your car, and then they may make a carving with your name on it and hope to sell it to you when you return to your car. I put them off by saying that my name was Tillekeratne Sangakara.