Today I’ll be sharing with you a few things you’ll notice that are different here in Ghana than in the U.S or European Countries. So without further ado, let’s gets started!
- Drinks: One of the biggest things you’ll notice that are different here in Ghana is their water. Here in Ghana they are most commonly sold in 16oz Pouches(or satches as their more commonly known). As you know in America we usually buy bottled water from the store if we don’t have any with us. But when you get to Ghana you’ll most likely be buying more satchet water than bottled water, though they Do have bottled water here if you want it. My personal opinion is that their water is good depending on what company you buy your sachets from. A few of the most popular water companies her in Ghana imo are, Standard water,Voltic water, Rock Ice, Special Ice, Sama Ice, and Luna Ice, just to name a few. Now for soft drinks and juices they do have, Sprite, Coca-Cola, and Fanta for those that want to continue to drink American style soda, they also have a lot of other kinds of soft drinks as well as “Knockoffs” to the original American brands. Now as far as juices are concerned they cost way more than soft drinks while a Sprite can cost 1.5 – 2 Cedis per bottle a carton of grape juice can cost you from 8 – 15 Cedis. My advice to those that like their OJ, Apple juice, and Grape juice is to make it yourself. Unless you want to go to one of the grocery stores and pay out the nose 😂.
- Another thing that’s a MUST to get used to is food choices! It’s best to prepare yourself mentally for the struggle of finding foods that fits your diet before coming to ghana or learn how to alter it. When you get here you’ll notice rather quickly that Soups, rice dishes, and stews are staples here in Ghana which means that the ingredients needed for such dishes will be in abundance. You’ll find out that most of the ingredients needed to make a hamburger, lasagna, pizza, French fries, etc are not readily available and you’ll have to ride a few tro-tro’s and/or taxis to get them, Unless you go somewhere like Accra. And even if you do go to the grocery stores in Accra it will be Over priced!
- Sweets! Upon settling in and visiting the street marts as well as the grocery stories here like Melcom, the Palace, and Stop-N-Save, you’ll find that a lot of the candies you are used to in America will be here, though some will have a different name. For example, if your a fan of kit kats when you get here you should look for King TATS they don’t taste exactly the same but they’re close enough. If you’re looking for some ice cream, Fan Ice is the way to go (although In my humble opinion the only one that Taste anything close to authentic is the Vanilla flavored kind) just to name a few. Though most of the sweets (and “Knockoffs” ) you’ll find here are from the Middle East. They do have a few local sweets like Cutty Cake (Equivalent to peanut brittle), Chin Chin, Bowl fruit (Equivalent to giant doughnut holes), and Coconut Candy (hard candy) just to name few..