Why yes I did pay 30 cedi for a can of Salt and Vinegar Pringles and it was worth every pesewa. In US terms that is nearly $7 but man do they taste good. After two and a half weeks of eating food cooked in red palm oil the taste of those Pringles, which I would normally never eat back home, is bliss. To be honest I was so shocked to see them and they reminded me of home so much I would have paid more. I did finally get a small fridge for my room (also worth every cedi and pesewa) and the fresh mango, papaya, pineapple and other produce is plentiful and delicious and gives me a great deal more control over my culinary experience. Things I am already missing while here….
Soft toilet paper
Beef jerky (I have no idea why I am craving this)
Ranch dressing (Again I do not know why but I would kill for some Hidden Valley Ranch)
Trail mix with M & M’s
Salami (I actually dreamed about salami the other night)
Salt and Pepper being readily available
The program directors are taking us on a city tour tomorrow where we will be shown places to shop at a grocery store versus the Night Market right near campus, so hopefully I can find some good ingredients to keep myself fed with salads and what not from the local produce. We will also be seeing the DuBois Center (W.E B. DuBois lived here in Ghana for sometime), the Artist Alliance, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (He was the man who led Ghana to be the first African country to declare independence from colonial rule), and Art Center/Circle where I hope to find some items to take away the ‘couture de prison’ feel of my white walled dorm room.
Things I love about Ghana so far…
The pineapple is to die for, so are the mangos
The cleaning girl at the dorm sings while she cleans, it is lovely
Awakening to the chatter of Twi (the local dialect) and laughter from the Night Market right outside my dorm room each morning
The splashes of bright colors everywhere
I have access to fresh produce just yards from my door
Origin beer (a cross between a hard cider and beer, kind of fruity but not too sweet)
The Coke here all has real sugar, not HFCS (I have only had one but it was pretty good)
Classes begin in earnest next week, and I look forward to seeing how the college experience will be here. I am most excited about taking a textile class where I will be learning about dying fabric, making batik designs, motif prints and silkscreen fabric. I have also spoken with a teacher here and am arranging to be taught weaving from a local artist in my own time. How cool is that!
That is it for now my friends, until next time..
Peace to you,