Monday, 2 April 2012

An Accidental Londoner Abroad for the Australian Times: A visit to an old slave fort in Ghana

In the absence of proper London-y writing recently, here is my latest piece in the 'An Accidental Londoner Abroad' series.  Written about Ghana for the Australian Times (by a Brit - how's that for a wonderful national melange?), it's an account of my visit to an old slave fort in Cape Coast, on my fabulous Ghanaian trip last year.  It was one of the highlights of my trips to Ghana, utterly fascinating despite forcing me to confront a particularly uncomfortable feature of European and African history.
So read on, on the Australian Times website here, for tales of castles, dungeons, an awkward fainting incident, and a triumphant return.


  1. I enjoyed reading your article. I had never heard of this place but your piece brought it to life for me. I'm not surprised you fainted, though. I think that sometimes places do have an atmosphere and many people are receptive to it.
    Or do you think it was the heat?

    1. Thank you very much, Jenny! I'm almost certain that it was something more than the heat that made me feel funny; those dungeons were one of the most atmospheric places I've ever been. They had emotions in the same way that they had smells and sounds.


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