So, apparently, today is a national holiday -_- so no microfinance office. Even better, we wake up to a huge rainstorm (it’s also apparently the rainy season). But me and Laura and Jamie were starting to get cabin fever and really needed to see some of Accra! We decided to go to a downtown area called Osu and just walk around and find lunch somewhere. As soon as we arrived we came across a store called “Global Mama” which is very similar to Ten Thousand Villages, except it just operates in Africa. Women with a handicraft sell their products to Global Mama for a fair price, and then Global Mama sells it on. The store was beautiful, with all types of handmade fabrics and beaded jewelry. I couldn’t resist some handmade soap because they just smelled so good.
Afterwards we got lost trying to find a pizza place and ended up back at Global Mama’s where there was a Mexican place right next door. The restaurant was really nice, with freezing air conditioning, and a clean, fancy bathroom (can you tell how much I am appreciating first world things right now?) I also got a bottled coke made with sugar cane!
We had no idea what to do after lunch. Accra is a city of 2 million, but it’s not like a typical city – there doesn’t seem to be a “center” or “downtown” and everything is flat and spread out. So we attempted to go do some sightseeing. Fate would have it otherwise – our cab driver decided to take us to the beach, lol. The beach was kind of crazy… not relaxing like the beaches back home at all. There were just so many vendors trying to sell us things! A really strange assortment of things too… popcorn, watches, mangos, temporary tattoos, artwork, and even puppies – yes real puppies.
This man was making AMAZING sand sculptures with a little chisel.
This rastafarian dude seriously wouldn’t leave us alone with his canvas art - it was beautiful though, and I wound up buying a rectangular scape of women dressed in beautiful colored fabric carrying baskets.
These guys were very talented and very ridiculous. They were acrobats/entertainers, but they got a little dirty near the end of the show, so we kind of just looked away - must have been part of the show, but we didn’t appreciate it at all!