Posted on December 28, 2009

Fred and Jasmin just dropped in off the road , no reservation, no phone call, and fortunately we had one room available. When asked what they were doing in Ghana, they said, “We’re just tourists!”

I replied, “Just tourists! You’re not just tourists. You’re tourists! You are what this country needs. Right now, most people traveling around Ghana and staying in upmarket hotels are working on contract in Ghana or people visiting friends that are working here , or parents visiting their volunteer children. Tourists is an indication that Ghana is doing something right-that the good name of Ghana is getting out to the world as a safe and ethical place to travel to in this very chaotic sub region.

They then told me that they were using a “great” guide written by Jojo Cobbinah in German that had been recently published in 2009. I didn’t know about this recent edition, the 10th in fact.


They told me they found FOUR VILLAGES INN using the guide, that the review was most complementary. Here it is in German:

And if your German is rusty. here’s a rough translation provided by fellow guest Christan Munch Jacobsen, a Danish fellow who had lived and worked in Hamburg for a time:

“the Old Bekwai Road about three km. south of the Ahodwo Circle. Charity and Chris’ hotel was several times awarded best guesthouse in the Ashanti region. Euros 55-62 for stylishly decorated rooms in a quiet garden. The very kind atmosphere makes the guest feel at home immediately. Solid breakfast, homemade meals on request, pick-up service, tours and free internet.”

And here’s what Fred and Jasmin wrote in the guest book while checking out at 5:45 a.m. (the time the pic above was taken) when Chris dropped them at the bus station at the Asafo Market where they were catching a bus to Cape Coast.

“Thanks for all es war wunderbar!

And…here’s Christian’s review of Four Villages Inn: “A Merry Christmas and a happy new year to Charity and Chris and the staff. It was a peaceful, friendly and familiar stay in your wonderful lodging.” Familiar? Christian remarked on the Christmas carols sung by Luciano Pavarotti during their last breakfast! Incidentally, the Munch Jacobsen family was visiting their daughter Ina who was working at the Danish Embassy in Accra.