Ghana was different from any other country we have visited. There aren't a whole lot of sites to see, but just walking around the markets is an experience. The markets that we have been to in other countries are all alike. Every vender sells the same thing, and you have to bargain with them to get the price down. The venders in Ghana are the most aggressive that I have come across; they beg you to come into their shops, and if you do, they corner you so you can't get out, if you ignore them, they grab your arm to get your attention. Having been to the markets in other countries made this bearable, but its really hard to shop under that kind of pressure. I wish they understood that if they let us shop in peace we would probably buy more. We also visited the markets that were for the locals. These sold all sorts of raw meats including pig hoofs, whole lamb carcasses, and dried fish. And they had lots of fabric, used clothes, and strange cosmetics. At these markets the venders didn't try to get us to buy anything, but just watched as we passed. On the last day Chips and I went into one of these markets to pick up a dress she had tailored. While we were waiting for it to be fitted, we hung out with the children that had come to work with their parents. Often Ghanians did not like us taking pictures of them, but I asked if I could take pictures with the kids, and they absolutely loved my camera. I took pictures of them, they took pictures of me, and I showed them how to take selfies. I also had a great time taking picture in the ocean with some locals. The water was so warm, but apparently there are really strong currents so we were only allowed to swim in a few places.
Going to the slave dungeons was an interesting experience. I didn't quite understand the concept before I got there. The colonial traders built castles where they would store goods while they waited for the next ship to take the goods to the new world. These goods included human slaves. They were kept like cattle underground in stone buildings for a few weeks to a few months. There was little light and ventilation, and they were giving minimal food. Almost half of all slaves that came to the new world passed through the dungeon that we visited. It was a very interesting glimpse into history.
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