Daily life in Kumasi

DSCF1503 - KopieView from the hostal

In Kumasi I’m doing an internship. Work starts at 8 am and end for me at 4 pm with a one hour break. I have to use public transport to go to work. The public transport systems consists out of vans,which are called Tro-Tros. In a van around 14 people can take a seat. But it is really tight because the seats are not big and leg-space does not exist, at least no one has to stand, probably only because you can’t stand in a van… There are no bus stations, so where ever you see a Tro-Tro, which goes in the desired direction you can wave to the driver’s helper and then jump in. This has to be happen quick since time is money. The driver’s helper person, here he is called “Maid”, is shouting the direction whenever he sees some potentials clients and the van is not full yet. Sometimes it is really difficult to understand the direction, but this is only in the beginning, until you are getting used to this. Since I lived before in Colombia I am a bit used of this kind of a system.



In Ghana or at least here in Kumasi you can buy different food everywhere, at any time of day you can have rice. But sometimes there is some special food which you only can buy on special times a day. Although Ghana exports Cacoa as a main export good, there exists no good chocolate at all. You can buy two brands, I think. But there are not tasting like chocolate, in my opinion. As well there is no good coffee here. You can only drink instant coffee, which is hard to buy prepared on the road. Beside that, here it is all about selling and buying. The persons have either a small shop, a table with an umbrella or they are walking on the street with their product on their head. Hopefully this gives you a slight imagination how life in Ghana is.



Eating with hands, normal eating habits in Ghana