Lunch At Couples

Trip Start Mar 11, 2005
Trip End Mar 27, 2005

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Monday, March 21, 2005

It's past lunchtime and we're going back to Kumasi. Prince takes us to the Cultural Market in Kumasi. DO ALL YOUR SHOPPING HERE! They have some of everything - carvings, Kente, fabrics, masks, souviners of all sorts. All the prices are fixed and very reasonable. There are a couple of ladies that look after the place but there are no vendors here to bother you.

We ask Prince and the driver to take us to Couple's restaurant - because it is listed in the Bradt Guidebook to Ghana that never leaves my side - and it says they serve Western food. We drive around and around asking people where the restaurant is. The traffic is unbelievable and I'm sure glad I'm not driving this bus. We are certainly the biggest vehicle trying to navigate through here. Mostly it is taxis with the famous yellow fenders. Finally, we do find it. We have a bit of trouble finding somewhere to park the bus but do find an empty parking lot and the driver slips the guy some money to keep an eye on the bus as I've invited them in for lunch on us. You know, as we're walking out of this lot to the restaurant, you just can't help but notice that everyone just goes to the bathroom anywhere. You can't help but notice men (mostly) peeing everywhere. There are even signs painted on buildings that say Do Not Urinate Here.

The menus arrive and sure enough, there is stuff labeled hamburgers etc. I ordered chicken fried rice and it came as chicken and rice. We all had a good laugh about me getting chicken and rice. I bet I don't even have to tell you what Prince and the driver ordered! While waiting for the food to arrive, we wander out onto the balcony of the restaurant and have a great view of city life carrying on below us. I still love the women carrying huge loads on their heads and their little babies on their backs. How these kids don't have broken necks I don't know. We're so conscious of supporting a baby's head and here it just kind of lolls around. The food finally arrives and I must say it was probably one of the better meals I have in Ghana. Unfortunately the others cannot say the same. Shawn ordered a cheeseburger, and just look at the picture - he's not impressed with what arrived on his plate. Turns out it was a chicken burger - not what we call a cheeseburger. Of course he won't eat chicken so he has to go hungry. I told him to order something else, but it has taken so long for this food to arrive we're past hungry and he just wants to get back to the hotel and veg. So, another restaurant that lets us down that we've chosen from the book. But, how else do you know where to eat? I'm afraid to feed the kids from the food stalls, even if they did sell something they wanted to eat. The restaurant at the Silicon Hotel is getting old fast.

We get back to the hotel and we have to make arrangements to leave tomorrow. We're not sure how to get from Kumasi to Elmina where our next hotel is. We talk to Mr. Bates, the manager of the Silicon Hotel, and he agrees to rent us the bus again tomorrow. He wants us on the road very early in the morning though because if the driver doesn't get back by dinner time he will have to stay over in Elmina and it will cost us 150,000 for him. We agree to get up early and make the arrangements to be driven to Elmina. Of course the kids make a beeline for the computers. This being five hours ahead of home is really throwing them off as today is the first day back to school for the kids back home after March break.
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