Kumasi Poor Little Vegans Shopping

Banner Day

The holy grail, after weeks of opening canned tomatoes with a Swiss Army knife, was a can opener, spotted on a table of wares in downtown Kumasi.

Yesterday was a banner day! Not only did we find and buy paper towels and a can opener but we now have a mailing address! It all began with Bob and I taking a taxi to Adum where all things are possible.


 Bob tries out our keys in our new Post Office Box in Adum and Camille shows off her new dress, paper towels and can opener.

The first order of business was a visit to the Post Office to mail a couple of cards to the States. When we found out we could get a P O Box and begin receiving mail, we went for it! The kind lady at the window sent us around the corner to room 12 on the second floor to purchase the necessary paper work. I was happy to remember that I had a photo of Bob in my wallet and between that and his North Carolina drivers license we had the necessary documentation.

Then we went back downstairs to pay our box fee and receive our number. “What do you want to bet our new number has a seven in it?” I said and was disappointed when the clerk announced our number as 16595. Moments later, when I was writing down our new address though, she corrected me saying it was 16597. Yay! And then we went back upstairs to room 12 to pick up our keys. Finally, we walked around until we found the box itself and tried both keys in it. Worked like a charm.

So drop us a postcard and we’ll mail you one back with a fancy Ghanian stamp on it.

Our new mailing address is:

P O Box KS 16597
Kumasi, Ghana
West Africa

Next, we stopped at Saarnak Vegetarian Food and Health Shop as recommended by awesome vegan Abenaa when she took us horseback riding at Lake Bosumtwi last week. We shared a plate of the best jollof rice we’ve had here yet. And then we bought some fancy vegan groceries for the house, including soy protein nuggets, sunflower seeds and pepitos.

Out on the street, I spotted can openers on display and stopped to buy one and a bottle opener as well. We also checked out the Okopu Trading Post where we found Kahlua and paper towels but no measuring cup. We walked around the corner to Ebenezer’s Health Food Shop and picked up honey, peanut butter and coconut oil, buying some avocados and cucumbers at a produce stand along the way. And we looked at clothing but didn’t find anything that was quite as awesome as the dress I bought yesterday.

We arrived home with full bags and bellies and big smiles on our faces. Life is good when you find what you want!


By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.