Going Ghana

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Going Ghana
From summer 2010 I am calling Accra, Ghana, home.
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  • Beer Bottles Find Medicinal Use 10 years ago Though the reason for buying these packets of Oral Rehydration Salts at my local pharmacy was lamentable, the packaging design was totally worth the 80 pesewas (about 40 cents US) I spent, absent any health purpose.Made in Ghana for distribution in West Africa, the graphics are locally-motivated...
  • Funnier in Translation 10 years ago Buying my favorite packaged-for-Europe rice cakes at my local MaxMart grocery store in Accra, I noticed someone had (very helpfully) stuck on a sticker translating the ingredients and the marketing hype."Ingredients: 98. % natural brown rice, sesame.  Perhaps check the rice cakes, for example, for...
  • Biking Accra with 500+ Friends 11 years ago This past November 17 I had fun riding the 2012 version of the Cowbell mass bike ride in Accra.Now that I have a kid to take care of my time is much less my own, and so I arrived to the starting line late.  While last year I rode more in the main pack, this year I fought traffic with the rest of...
  • Red, Red, Sad and Lively Red 11 years ago Today Accra is red.It's the day of the funeral for Ghana's late president, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.In the US red is the color of love and passion.  In Spain it's the color of bullfights.  In Ghana it is the color for funerals.In Ghana, pass by a collection of tents with well-dressed folks...
  • A French Tour in 60 African Seconds 11 years ago I'm watching the Tour de France bicycle race, on TV, in Ghana.  Today's breakaway group - a small number of riders who have established themselves some minutes ahead of the peloton, the main body of riders - is nearing the top of the famous Col du Tourmalet.http://www.letour.fr/indexTDF_us.htmlI...

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