Filed Under (Beninese culture, General) by Rob on 15-08-2007

As you know, the Wood family is visiting at the moment. Gary is enjoying finding out about the local culture. Here he is learning how to carry something the African way:


On last week’s workshop near Dassa (report to follow soon), we met a local guy breaking up rocks to make gravel, so Gary had a go – much to the amusement of said blokey:


Finally, the name for manioc flour in Benin is Gari (also mentioned in this post). So, when introducing my brother-in-law, it helps the locals pronounce his name if I mention this fact to them! Here’s a photo of Gary and Gari


Other news…

* The Landrover is still out of action, so we’re getting to know plenty of taxi drivers in town!

* The two disconnected mobile phone networks are still off, so we’re having to fall back on old fashioned ways of communication (but haven’t resorted to the talking drum just yet!!

* Rob & Gary have a gig lined up at the Marina Hotel on Friday (jazz round the pool) and are hoping for free nosh…

* The Woods visited the lake village of Ganvié today, which they found interesting, in spite of a leaky boat, which ended up with about 4 inches of water in the bottom by the end.

*Virtually now power cuts and we’re all in good health at the moment.

Bye for now!

3 Comments posted on "Gary’s cultural discoveries…"
Steve Plummer on August 15th, 2007 at 10:52 pm #

You could do a brilliant caption competition with the 2 top photos.
E.g., Top photo with Gary saying, “I’ve got a great idea for when I take Alison to Royal Ascot next year…!”
We’ll be in France this time tomorrow – tell the Woods we look forward to catching up with them when we return.
God bless, Stephen & Carole.

Rachel Lewis on August 20th, 2007 at 9:19 am #

Great to see the new photos. Hope everyone’s having a great time! It’s raining here… barely 10 degrees this morning… brrr! Welcome to Britain in August.


Rob on August 26th, 2007 at 11:06 am #

Thanks for your comments, Steve & Rachel. Like the caption idea! I hope Ol’ Blighty has warmed up a tad now!