Monthly Archives: April 2008

Ghanaian proverbs

1. Do not wash with another man’s bath water. 2. If you dance two dances at once, your bottom will go askew. 3. No matter how long you stay in the river, you cannot become the crocodile. 4. He who follows the elephant encounters no dew. 5. But for the tortoise alone, the gun will […]

pork

I’ve spent the last 24 hours being ill with some authentically African complaint, after eating dodgy food from someone who swore it had no meat in it, and lied. I’m getting better though, and am ready to finish my interviews. It sounds as if my last one may be tomorrow, which is cutting it fine […]

Friend and superfriend

April 6 The people I’ve met here have been almost uniformly great. The hostel is full of an ever-changing cast of students, volunteers, NGO workers and travellers passing through. It has its drawbacks – this isn’t the biggest season for tourism, and for the last week I’ve been almost alone except for three Flemish sex […]

a day off

April 5 I was writing up my research notes at 7.30 this morning when I decided it was time for a day off.  A couple of new guests have arrived, and I offered to share my hard-won knowledge of Accra. So we set off for the national cultural centre, a place where you can buy […]

signs of the times

April 3  Signs I saw today: “No parking, no defecating” “No parking, here is not a washing bay” “Curses are real, have knowledge and overcome” “IMT Designs Consultant: quantity surveying, draughtsmanship, architectural design, construction, astrology.”  Travelling in Accra at night is always epic. Today I spent a record 2 hours getting across town in the […]

snails for sale

April 2nd  I finally got a picture of the giant snails. You can’t see the scale, but they’re about 8 inches long. My hosts asked me if ate snails, but I’m having to rethink. The small ones aren’t such a challenge to a vegetarian, but these definitely have personalities.  I’m impressed by the variety of […]

Urban cow windfall

April 1 Yesterday was a good day. First, there was an amazing tropical downpour and Accra suddenly cooled off. The downside of rainstorms here is that everything smelly in the city that was tucked away in corners and underneath things gets to come out and float around, so the combination of puddles and flipflops is […]