In the few days that I’ve been in Ghana I can say for certain that I was properly informed of at least one thing before I came here: the hospitality of the people.
Yesterday, for example, I was invited to attend a wedding with my host. When we got there, the groom was so thankful we had come, even though we had never met. I ate a delicious meal and then it was dancing time.
Now, being an ‘obruni‘ (non-African person), I was a little hesitant to dance. As it is, I already stuck out and was being waved at by the children. But a new friend showed me how to keep with the rhythm and in no time I had even more people staring at me! I’m getting used to it, though, because I know it’s not meant to be rude.
In fact, a few days ago when I was walking down the road the ‘obruni’ comment was attached to a few ‘ i love you’s’. That’s always nice to hear! Especially from some cute little kids who don’t know anything about me.
Because of said hospitality, I don’t think I will be losing much weight here. As my friends and family know, I am a picky eater, but my host has been kind enough to lower the amount of spice in the food and start me off with more Western dishes. I just ate a delicious meal of rice and vegetables with a salad and some strawberry ice cream. Mmmm!
I plan on trying more food, bit by bit. On Friday I had some roasted plantains (like a banana) and peanuts, with a fresh coconut to wash it down. I’m going to have to get more used to this ‘haggling’ thing though, because it’s a bit intimidating. The roads are full of people selling basically anything you could want (food, furniture, shoes, shirts, toys, etc.) and it’s great, but most of the time they start their price high. So, I need to stand my ground with a lower price. I’ll let you know how that goes.
*In the pictures below you’ll note that many people here have strong necks and/or heads. I’ll be documenting more of the odd things I see people carrying.