So it is my fourth post from Ghana and it is time to get down to the nitty gritty of the traveling experience – food and the bathroom situations. Since these two are very inter-rated, I will be writing about them in a single entry.
The bathrooms for the most part have been western style. The only difference with these toilets is that you cannot flush toilet paper down them and when the water runs out you must bucket flush. I’ve also had the pleasure of taking a few bucket showers at a couple hostels. Although according to the locals, they all pretty much have running water and the bucket shower is for the benefit of the tourists who can go home and brag about the “African showers” they took.
The one strange bathroom experience I had was at the street bar in Accra. They actually have women’s urinals. Before you start thinking these are anything like the men’s versions in Canada, they are actually just a slab of concrete with a drain on the bottom. As all you females are already well aware, peeing in the woods for a female involves a certain level of expertise. You have to survey the area for proper absorption and angle so as not to hit your legs or feet. The female urinal makes avoiding splashing an impossibility. After finishing, I was sure to use an extra dose of my Burts’ Bees hands sanitizer on my feet!
The food has been pretty good and not too strange. The local staples are rice, kenkey (a pounded maize based dough like substance) and fufu (from pounded cassava leaves). These are generally eaten with pepper soup or some sort of spicy fish, chicken or beef mixture and eaten with your hands which makes it much more fun.
The fruit here is amazing. I love the flavour the bananas, papayas, mangoes and pineapples have. It is so much better than back home.
As for local drinks, Ghana has it’s own brewery. There most popular beer is a light one called “Star”. I’ve also had the pleasure of sampling Mandingo, a ginger alcohol (with 42% alcohol content), palm wine (very strong!) and the traditional Ghanaian spirit akpeteshi made from local sugar cane. Akpetehi is traditionally used for prayers (sounds like much more fun than our praying).
Thanks all for now. Time to partake in some more food and drink.
By the way, the new score updates is:
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