On our way we passed a street vendor selling coconuts and Micheal (thats how he introduced himself) asked me if I had tried them yet, knowing I haven't been in Ghana long. I told him I haven’t, so he insisted I try and explained to me how they are opened and that I first have to drink the water and then give it back to the vendor, so he can extract the coconut meat. It was a fun experience and it tasted very refreshing. As I wanted to pay he demanded to pay, since he insisted on eating them in the first place. I was very surprised and thanked him. Then we continued our walk to the tro tros. Arriving there he helped find the right one and double checked if it really is heading the right way. We said our goodbyes, I thanked him again and he went on his way.
After arrival it did not take long till I was approached by a man walking down the street again. He introduced himself as a Reverent. He asked me how I was doing and if he could assist in some way. I explained that I was doing research in the area. He was interested and wanted to show me the area. Since I wanted to take GPS coordinates first I was reluctant, but he was very persistent and I thought it couldn't hurt to get the view of a local on the area. He showed me around and introduced me to a lot of people. I asked a lot of questions and he answered them the best he could. He made a real effort to present the area in its best. He talked about the plans they have like building several churches and how the people living here became his family and how they watch each others back. I thought it was really nice and was happy that I met him, so he could show me the area. He told me to reach out to him, if I ever needed his assistance again. He even offered me to lend his gumboots if i wanted to enter the river for my research.
So at the end of the day, I didn't gather one singe GPS coordinate, which was the original plan, but I learned a lot about kindness in Accra and about how people see themselves in my study area, which is worth a lot.