Notes from Ghana #8

Here is a blog entry from Baobab Youth member Ben Compton, with  few photos:

Yesterday was Tuesday, which means it was Market Day ( the nearby town of Akatsi hosts a market every fourth day). The market is a ten minute drive from Dagbamate and beside one of the more major roads. After finding our money belts and our cameras (we were told to keep our valuables close to us), we piled into 3 vans and set off.

A Ghanaian market is very overwhelming for North Americans. I associate the word “market” with buying tulip bulbs, beeswax candles, and maple syrup because that is what the markets near my house sell. In some ways, the market that we went to had a lot of similarities to the ones in Ottawa, but my experience was so different. It is made up of small open shacks with paths running in between them. You often have to jump over the open gutters that are built under the stalls and kids swerve around you at ridiculous speeds on these big carts. There were lots of people as well, so it was slow walking around. We broke up into smaller groups once we got there.

They sell everything at the market. I passed toothpaste, fish, gourds, peanuts, children’s toys, bags, matches, razors, insect repellant, crabs, bike parts, more fish, chicken, radios and hair extensions. Many of us had to find cloth to get made into clothing, which was very fun because they have a huge selection to choose from. There are stalls that have pieces of cloth hanging all the way up the wall. It was hard to choose. One of the best parts for me was watching people laugh at us, usually either because of my father’s bald head or because of someone’s attempt at speaking Ewe and messing up.

Unfortunately, right now, the main thing that reminds me of yesterday’s market trip is indigestion after eating frozen yogurt from a vendor, but I also came back with some beautiful cloth and some “Pray” Brand Toothpaste, which I’m very happy with. It was a fantastic experience and I would love to go back and spend more time there. I think everyone had a great time.

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4 Responses to Notes from Ghana #8

  1. Marmie says:

    Nice Ben!!!

  2. Dina van Waterschoot says:

    The posts are fabulous! Thank you for taking the time to invite us to share in your experience.
    I see a book on the horizon!!
    Peace, health and happiness as you continue on your journey.
    Please send our love to Evie and Sara for us!
    Thank you!!!!!

  3. Vicky says:

    Nice entry,Ben, and my favorite detail is the one about your pleasure at finding the toothpaste! Hilarious! I’m guessing you are one of the Milo lovers, too!

  4. Eleanor Hotchkiss says:

    Hi- love all the blogs. Pictures are great (we are especially glad to see Hayley).

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