Many parts of Accra do not have street names, forget about street numbers. Therefore a GPS will not be practical, a guide knowing the location is an advantage! The same goes for our place, no street name!
It is therefore difficult to locate us without a guide. The house is located in Palas Town in the West Hills around 10km from the sea and 105 m elevation. Apart from some noisy churches it is quite and
peaceful. The neighborhood is poor but friendly and the drive to Accra (Osu) takes around 45 min., to the next clean beach approx. 30 min.
We built the original bungalow in 1996 and started the modernization & uplifting in 2012. We wanted to create a home to live in, after my retirement. I always enjoyed my life and work was a means to make money to play with. This worked
mostly fine and I learned to be perfectly relaxed when the balance on my account was nearing zero or even into the dark red! In bad times however this attitude could lead to a mild panic, mostly countered with a lot of beer!
However, I realized that after my retirement no funds, other than the meager AHV (rent) and the equally small amount from the Pension Scheme, would be available. This was for sure not enough to make a decent living in Switzerland.
Even the rent for a flat would exceed the means, let alone the rat tail of other costs. Hence we have to migrate to a more accommodating place. Ghana was the obvious choice for us.
5°; 35' 46.06" N / 0°; 18' 105.91" W
105 Mercedes Street, Palas Town, Anyaa, Greater Accra, Ghana
I was aware (but never worried!) that my pension and meager AHV, due to "Mega Gaps", will by far not be enough to spend my last years in Switzerland. We therefore decided to renovate Nancy's
bungalow in Palas Town (which we built already in 1997), in the outskirts of Accra. Nancy travelled already in 2011 in order to organize things and as, a first step, replaced the complete roof with
interlocking aluminium sheets. Than I re-modeled the interior on the fly.
We removed all bath-tubes, floor tiles, doors and unnecessary walls and windows. I create space for 3 bedrooms with shower & toilet, a dining room, a big living room and a spacious kitchen. The walls around the premise will be
heightened and a new fancy gate installed. On top will be
concertina wire to guard against intruders. Painting the house with TexCoat and flooring is still in progress and is supervised by Nancy, staying 2 weeks longer than I! Also the electrical installations have been re-done by Junior. The next
visit is planned in Sepxember where we will install the technical stuff: Solar Water Heater, 30KW Generator, 7'000l Water Tank, Satellite TV and Internet, Air Conditioning. Interior paintings and redecoration is in progress. Installing a brand new kitchen, among others, is also on the agenda. Hopefully the project will be finished
in June 2013 as planned! (my expected retirement)
It's not so easy to direct all these effort from Switzerland. Nancy is doing a very good job in keeping it moving. Patrick
are doing their best, Step by Step
it's taking shape.
In Switzerland I bought a 20ft. Container which I keep for packing and delivery a warehouse of Wegmüller AG
in Attikon. I bought 105% of online in the Internet. I
ordered big stuff like the kitchen incl. appliances, three shower cubicles, three bedrooms, living room and laminate for the floor, water pumps, toilet fitting & accessories, lighting and electical fittings... and of course all the tools, nuts and bolts. I thought about every small detail, to be sure to have everything
necessary on site, when we travel in Sepxember
to Accra! All these purchases where delivered directly to Wegmüller for packing. Generator, air conditioners, solar water heater, razor security wires to secure the perimeter walls and so on will, or have been purchased in Ghana.
Finally all the material has arrived at Wegmüller AG
and it looked huge. I had my doubts whether we will be able to get everything into the container. So on 26.07.2012, early morning
we started the puzzle. After 2.5 hours Wegmüller statt members managed to get all neatly in the container and we even have a small space for last minute items. The container will
be collected on 02.08.2012 and than shipped from Antwerpen. I Hope that all arrives well in Tema. The next task will be to bring it from Tema to the site but this will be another story.