Finally Cooking in Guangzhou…

 

Have you ever seen anyone cook like this? I am scared of cooking with the stove so I am left with this, the only way for me to cook… with a kettle. The stove is not like Canada where it is an electric stove, this is a gas stove so once you turn on the stove, the flames will burst out. I am scared to get burned so I refuse to use the stove! This is how I will be cooking from now on if I ever need to. This way really works!

Things I Learned in Ghana… Day 6

Things I learned in Ghana in my first 6 days of being here…

 

Sometimes people will give you the wrong directions. I have found that the people that give you the right directions will usually tell you landmarks to look out for to know that you are going the right way.

You should not use irons that look older then you are, they will ruin your clothes (SEE PHOTO BELOW).

 

Even though you don’t see any mosquitoes, you should still wear bug repellent. They are there and ready to make a meal out of you (I have a leg full of bites to prove it).

Men pee in the streets regardless if women are walking by… no shame whatsoever!

There are almost no sidewalks here (SEE PHOTO BELOW), therefore you need to be alert anytime you are walking in the street, cars and bikes will come close to hitting you.

 

If you buy locally grown food you will save a ton of money (bananas are my new favourite food). Breakfast, lunch and dinner, yes please!

When trying to get a taxi, it is normal for taxi drivers to quote you at least double the price for a ride just because you are a foreigner. Be sure to ask locals the prices of rides to where you want to go first and negotiate with the drivers.

Ghanaians can be extremely friendly and helpful.

Don’t be alarmed when you see small animals living in the streets, I equate them to the Canadian squirl (SEE PHOTO BELOW).

 

 

First Week in Accra, Ghana (West Africa)

So far I have been in Accra for 4 days.  I have been taken back by the beautiful architecture, greenery and the culture.  Accra is a busy city, it’s bustling with cars, street vendors and ladies standing in the road selling goods from atop their heads.

Things that stand out to me: In Accra most places do not have hot water, you have to bargain for the price of just about everything, people are selling items everywhere all of the time, side walks are almost non-existent and goats, dogs and hens live in the streets.

Culture: I learned on my second day that in Ghana it is not acceptable to use your left hand to shake hands, wave, or things of the like.  Which poses difficulty for me as I’m left handed!  Locals told me that other locals will yell and curse at me if I do this.  What’s the big deal with using your left hand you ask?  They believe that the left hand is used to wipe your bottom, so it is not proper to greet others with it.  So far I have caught myself using my left hand a few times, so far no one has yelled and cursed at me though *phew*

Funny things that have happened to me: I have been shopping at the Accra Mall twice since I have been here.  The first time the lady at the register giggled at me when she realized I did not weigh my produce and have it tagged.  In Accra, there is no fancy scale at the registers.  You have to take your produce to a person who weighs it in the produce section and tags it for you.  Also, today I put my items down at the register and the clerk looked at me oddly.  He then asked my to place the items closer to him.  After looking at the register for a moment, it dawned on me that there is no belt that pushes the items forward.  Silly North American I am! Haha!

First Week in Guangzhou: Chinese and North American culture

After spending the first week here in Guangzhou, I realized that there is a very gap between Chinese and North American culture. In Canada, people take their time doing everything, enjoying the nature etc. but here everyone is always in such a hurry.

One of the thing that is very different is when eating in food courts. Usually when we are done eating we empty the trays and stack them nicely on top of each other. However, in Guangzhou, we are suppose to just leave it in the table and someone will come and clean up the table once you leave. If you do try and clean it they will actually get mad at you!

First Day in Guangzhou!

First day in Guangzhou! First Impression:  it is actually very much like Toronto! A lot of apartments and shops. Everything is walking distance!

Here are some travel tips when coming to Guangzhou or actually traveling anywhere international:

1) Always get an aisle seat on the plane: you can get up and walk whenever you want that way you don’t need to bother the person next to you in order to get up

2) You should buy a neck pillow for when your on the plane. It really does help a lot!

3) When coming to china, always bring Canadian cash. DO NOT bring travelers checks. These people look at them as if they never seen one before! Took me about 1h to get everything done at the bank!