One of the first trips I did when I got back in January was to Accra, Ghana. The flight is about 5.5-6 hours from Nairobi—quite a distance! I had a 3 day business trip where I was going to run a digital workshop there. I didn’t have much of a chance to sightsee since I was rushing home to make it back to celebrate my birthday with my hubby. Accra is like a more developed version of Dar I would say. What was hilarious was I found out One Direction was in Accra the same days as me because in the digital workshop I decided to see what was trending on #ghana. Ha!
I did get to see a little bit of Accra one night when a coworker was nice enough to take me out. Accra is much more like Dar, with its hot humid weather and its along the coast. I didn’t get to see the beach during the day, but I heard it’s pretty nice. My coworker took me to a Chinese restaurant (because I’m Chinese?) on Oxford Street which is a busy, happening street downtown. The food was okay but I suspect we didn’t order what the Chinese people order when they eat there. =) Then we went to Tawale, which is a reggae beach bar right on the sand. The reggae was LOUD. Wow, I could not hear a thing. But for a Wednesday night, there were a decent number of people out.
The thing I loved most about Ghana was the food!!! Wow, it was so good and this is just me having the food that was provided at lunch at our workshop. It was spicy and had so much flavor. One day we had spicy goat light soup. They call their clear broth soups “light” versus the thicker groundnut soups. I actually thought it was beef at first, the goat didn’t taste gamey at all and was really tender. A lot of dishes are accompanied by banku, which is fermented corn and cassava dough and tastes like sourdough. The maize version here in Nairobi is called ugali but doesn’t really have much of a flavor. I really loved the banku. A great combination with the spicy dishes. Then there was spicy mushrooms and yam leaves. I must get the recipes from my coworkers there and I’ll be sure to share them here!
All in all, I really loved Accra and hopefully next time Mike and I can go visit together and for longer.