First, HAPPY NEW YEAR and HAPPY DECADE FROM FOUR VILLAGES INN, KUMASI, ASHANTI, GHANA.
Now the years may be slipping away and we may not have too many decades in front of us, but Kumasi is a special place to be. I always tell people that there is nowhere in the world I’d rather be! why do I say that? Well, it’s like time stands still here. Just to give you an example it does literally stand still because time on the clock tower in the heart of town has remained the same since we were living here in the 70’s: 11:10! About the only thing that has changed along the main drag down town is the shopkeepers. While in the 70’s it was mostly Lebanese, Indians and Syrians, today it is mostly GHANAIANS.
January first 2010 marks our tenTH anniversary of providing quality service and accommodation to visitors to Kumasi. Yes, on January 1st 2000-it was our millennium project-we opened our doors to the world. AND WHAT A GRAND TEN YEARS IT HAS BEEN! I should be able to write a brilliant summary of our experience in this highly rewarding yet demanding profession, but alas we are up to our elbows in work so it will have to wait for a quieter time. I guess a recap could come in the form of my e-mail to our children informing them of the occasion.
AND TO BE TRUTHFUL IT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST STAGE IN MY LIFE, AND THE LONGEST IN MY CAREER-NOWHERE ELSE DID WE DO 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS IN ONE PLACE!
Anniversary or not, life at Four Villages goes on and this morning we said good-bye to Dutch tourists visiting Ghana for the first time and French expatriates who are visiting from Niger where they live. Here’s what they wrote in our guest book:
“Thank you very much for the nice and welcome stay in you Inn. We wish you both all the best for the coming New Year! Thank you”
“Adorable accueil de notre hote!. Ce fut une tres agreable facon de demairer 2010 avec des compagnons tres conviviaux- HAPPY NEW YEAR-MERCI.
Four Villages Inn sees people returning time and again keeping their promise “I’ll/We’ll be back” A few years ago one of our most esteemed visitors Rudolph Walker of British sit-com EASTENDERS fame stayed at FOUR VILLAGES and said he hoped to be back with his wife and kids. Well, Rudolph phoned out of the clear blue to wish us a HAPPY NEW YEAR and to inform us that we may be seeing him sooner than we think.
Now of course we remembered Rudolph the famous actor, but really we remember him for the generous gesture he made to help sponsor Comfort our tour guide’s only child Amanda. And again Rudolph has kindly offered “a small gift” for books as Amanda starts senior secondary school at a prestigious government girls’ school. AYIKOO! WELL DONE!
Now to conclude, you know me and my weird connections…..well cats have figured in a few recent posts and to be consistent I gotta share this. mommy cat brought the biggest lizard-an ole ole ole one-as a HAPPY NEW YEARS present to her two Christmas kittens.
FOUR VILLAGES INN, MUCH MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO STAY!