what can i buy while sitting in this traffic?

Accra has some pretty epic traffic jams. Impromptu marketplaces spring up around waiting vehicles when things get really stopped up, with hawkers offering a fantastic variety of items to passengers in waiting vehicles. One way I pass the time spent sitting in a stagnant 90-odd degree trotro with a dozen others is noting the wares offered.

Recently spotted:

  • ice cold plastic sachets of drinking water;
  • tools: a saw, wrenches, a set of screwdrivers with American flags printed on the handles;
  • a large laminated map of west Africa;
  • cell phone airtime;
  • shoes (specifically, 3 pairs of men’s loafers);
  • snacks: buns, bananas, Mentos, apples, yogurt, oranges, etc.;
  • the Tummy Trimmer, a weight-loss belt (the type of product normally advertised on late-night infomercials);
  • political paraphernalia (it’s an election year here);
  • key chains and bottle openers;
  • wall clocks;
  • insulated coffee mugs;
  • short-sleeve men’s button-down shirts;
  • sunglasses.
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5 Responses to what can i buy while sitting in this traffic?

  1. your sister says:

    one wall clock, please

  2. emlsewhere says:

    Additions to the list from my weekend: bathroom scales, flags (Ghanaian, American, Canadian, Chinese, Indian) of all sizes, vehicle floor mats, baby shoes, framed photo of Jesus.

  3. mom says:

    how about a Ghanian flag for Will?

  4. your sister says:

    Please exchange my wall clock for a toy ukulele.

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