Expat Life: Exotic Pleasures and Other Fun

by missfootloose on June 16, 2012 · 10 comments

in Culture and Customs, exotica, Ghana, Humor, life abroad

Breaking my leg in the African jungle was a real adventure, if not the most magical one I’ve ever endured and I’m worn out writing about it (see last week’s post) so I decided that this week something fluffier was in order. Like corruption:
Corruption in Ghana

Ghana, West Africa, is a country full of fun, even if I did break my leg there. Some time ago I did a post about the hilarious signs you find along the roads and on the shops in Ghana and since there’s an ample supply, I’m offering up a fresh collection for your enjoyment. In the mean time I’ll keep recuperating from the agony of writing about breaking my leg in the jungle (how exotic does that sound, right?).

Note: Sadly, the photos are not mine. I wasn’t smart enough to go around taking my own pictures when I lived in Ghana. Click on the images to find the source and the credits.

Sex in Ghana

And if you succumb to temptation, you can repent here:

Ghana hair salon© Corinthian Gulf | used by permission


Here’s salvation for your broken phone:

Ghana sign

Want some exotic pleasure? Here’s what you need:

Ghana billboard© Globe Trodden | used by permission


Looking to rent chairs for a big bash in your garden? You can’t go wrong with these:

Ghana sign

The sisters are glad to be informed of this:

Ghana sign

You need a delicate procedure? No worries: Hygenic conditions!

Ghana signs

I’m sure by now you’ll need a drink, or two, and something to put the starch back into you, so take thee to this place and have a beer and a bowl of fufu:

Ghana chop bar

And that’s probably enough for now. But if you want more check out Hilarious Services.

Just for the record, yes, I know this may give you a rather skewed view of Ghana and its people. Trust me, there are many sophisticated, serious, educated souls in suits who use modern medical facilities, have their fancy phones fixed in state-of-the–art tech shops, eat in gourmet restaurants and toil away in snazzy offices working their butts off in the modern rat race. They’re just not any fun.

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What amuses you in your expat life or on your travels? Ever seen interesting signage? Go ahead, make me laugh.

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Ana (Ana Travels) June 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

These are hilarious! There some very serious issues behind some of those signs, like corruption or HIV prevention, but most made me laugh 🙂
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missfootloose June 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Yes, serious issues, indeed, but seeing a little friendly humor in the images won’t hurt.


Pat June 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

LOL over these signs. The cross cultural word games one plays when driving around outside of one’s borders are always a great source of merriment.


maggie myklebust June 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Right outside Sola Airport, in Stavanger Norway is a sign that reads, ‘Gods terminal’ it obviously means Goods or freight, but after twenty years, I still get a kick out of it 🙂


missfootloose June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I like that one!


Turkey's For Life June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh dear, not sure I’d fancy a visit to ‘Auntie Aggie’. I must have seen loads but I can’t think of a single funny sign that I’ve seen in Turkey…hmm…you’ve got me thinking now.
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ladyfi June 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Oh, I love these playful signs! So wonderful.
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Angela June 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Wow aren’t they creepy! And I thought I had seen good ones in India, you never stop learning, really 😛
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Chubby Chatterbox June 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

I just found your blog thanks to Best Posts of the Week and I think it’s great. The little boy in that circumcision sign looks like he’s about to grab those scissors to do the job himself. I hope you’ll visit me sometime at Chubby Chatterbox where I write about travel, humor and nostalgia. If you visit, I hope you will take a moment to press the Join button and I’ll return the compliment. Take care. I Hope that leg isn’t bothering you too much.


missfootloose June 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hi there Chatterbox! Glad you enjoyed my post. Those African signs are a great source of fun when you live there. The leg has made a full recovery, fortunately.


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