- Over Again by Edem
- Lapaz Toyota by Guru
I found that a combination of saying I found the same thing at another stand for half the price (which worked great since I got two things after Shreya bought them, so I gave her price as the price to beat), walking away if they didn't accept my final price, and explaining how you really didn't need the item helped bring the price down to half of the starting point. I also learned to recognize which vendors are the actual artists (who are less willing to bargain, use higher quality materials, are happy to explain the their pieces, and deserve a better price) and which vendors are selling mass-produced art (who are much more willing to bargain and tend to exaggerate how long the piece took the make). One artist that I bought the more expensive paintings from explained the inspiration behind his pieces and talked about the quality of his canvas and paints. The vendor next door, whom I bought the cheaper painting from, obviously wasn't the artist since the paintings had different signatures on the canvas, and he was more interested in talking about how good a price he was giving me (the “special student price”, he said) than the art itself.
I don't have many photos for today, so instead here's footage taken by Ricarda from one of our van rides. This is how we spent about three hours every day, not including four 6-8 hour van/bus trips going north/south across the country. On a typical day, you would hear a music video (like the one playing in the clip), a Ghanaian soap opera, Kyle XY, or No Ordinary Family (which we finished one season each of) playing on the TV. You can hear Roxane is talking in the background as we pass the outskirts of a village.