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Seed bead booty

The Real stuff, mostly from Mali

A Quick (ha-ha) Market Story

Today’s list: 2 large avocados, 1 medium pumpkin, 35 (!) LARGE oranges ($2!!!),

4 pineapples, 2 watermelons, 5 green peppers, 2 cucumbers, 5 regular papaya (you’ll see why I called them “regular” soon), 1 large cauliflower, and 18 small limes.

So, an impressive list for $12.00. Now put it all in a large aluminum basin, pop on your head in 94 degree heat and you get to be the kiyiyo (do you remember that term—a semi-derogatory term unfortunately—for a person who carries on their head) at Abebloshi Market who was hired to follow Lorraine, my Australian friend and today’s guide, around the market while we bought fruit and vegetables. Our kiyayo was a young girl, maybe 16, maybe 18, who just poured sweat the moment she popped that vessel on her head. And the balance! Incredible. (She was handsomely paid—2 Ghana Cedis—about $1.40 for about 30 minutes work) This is where the sellers in our neighborhood get the fruits and veggies they sell to us. I bought three ENORMOUS papaya—no, not the Mexican big kind, these are the shape of acorn squash and the size of watermelons—three for less about 85 cents each. They would have been $2 each (omg) at least over here. The 18 limes that my friend Lorraine bought for 60 usually cost me 35 cents for six. What an education I got. Fabulous. Thriving. Cool. Watch out, I’m bringing home a fu-fu pounder.

The beads are from Makola Market, the most famous of Ghana’s markets. Little tiny winding alleys through hundreds of stalls—a place they say you can find ANYTHING. They speak for themselves. Put your orders in soon. Size, shape, and color. I got back and asked myself, why didn’t I get any seed beads? Oops, I forgot pink ones, wow, these would look really cool with…I am a horrible shopper. If you get a one whole completed something from me—I’d say it would be a miracle. (sissy, you scored today—can you guess?)

For Aunty Nancy--not what you scored--sorry!