Going downtown to run an errand in Ghana’s capital city Accra from the suburbs can be a bit of an adventure.
Edna arrived around 8 am. Sammy called a taxi driver that he knew to arrange a full-day taxi for us. It was decided the taxi driver would take us around for the day for 45 cedis. (Exchange rate at the time was US$1 = $1.454 Ghana cedis.)
As soon as we set off, the driver dropped us immediately at a nearby taxi station to get us another taxi, saying he had to pick up a child from school. Why he agreed to take the job knowing already that he had something else to do is a mystery. But this is Ghana. Things like that happen all the time.
The taxi’s windshield was cracked in several places and there were no passenger seat belts, so perhaps it was for the best. He didn’t bother to mention the day-long arrangements with Driver No. 2.
I asked our new driver how much it would be to take Edna and me to Makola market, and he said 15 cedis. Edna got in, so I thought she must have agreed that the price was okay. I figured we could just get another taxi to come back from downtown when we were ready and the round trip would thus be 30 cedis, which made more sense than hiring a day-long taxi that we didn’t really need for 45.
Shortly after we set off, Edna started debating the fare vigorously with the new driver. We hadn’t gotten far when she told him to pull over. We got out and she debated further. These incidents are always interesting for me because they never happen in English, so I never know exactly what’s going on. After about 20 minutes, the price was now 12 cedis. She told me to get in, and off we went. By the time we got downtown, the driver had decided he now wanted to be our day-long driver. We paid him the 12 cedis and left him. Subtracting the fare debate time, the trip took us about an hour.