I know that I gave a list of the cities I have visited in Ghana so far in a prior post More to Offer than the Hustle, but I neglected to mention the city in which I live. First, let me tell you about Oyarifa. Oyarifa is a town in the Ga East Municipal District, close to the Aburi Mountains. It’s quaint and quiet and still developing. It reminds me in a lot of ways of Seattle, Washington in that it gets a lot of rain during the rainy season. Right now it is Harmattan season so the weather is dry. It’s a beautiful town without the busy city rush. During Harmattan season you will need to replenish with lot’s of water. Your lips will need moisturizer too, but the good thing is, when it’s clear, you can stand anywhere and get beautiful views of the mountains.
Houses in Ghana are made of cement bricks. Inside the house can be very hot. You will need air conditioning. The houses were initially built this way as prefabricated construction to provide lower cost. There are also unexpected rolling black-outs so you might want to purchase a generator, especially if you work from home. This fan is rechargeable and comes with an LED light.
I chose to live in this town because of it’s beauty, and I wanted a town close to a shopping area. There is a supermarket at the junction and a dress shop. There is a Pharmacy close by and vendors that sell miscellaneous items. There are many improvements being made such as a new road with gutters have been added since I’ve been here as well. I really like the fact that the merchants here don’t trouble me to make a purchase. When I walk out of those gates there are no hawkers trying to sell their wares. I feel at home here, not like a foreigner or tourist and I have made friends which is important to me. Most people who see the place consider it a habitat for the well-to-do but that I am not. In California, it would just be considered middle-class housing.