1. It’s easy to avoid paying tolls in Guinea, just grab some tree leaves and stick them on either side of the front engine of your car. The police will think everyone is coming from a funeral and will not stop you to pay.
little girl makes faces in Kindia, Guinea

little girl makes faces in Kindia, Guinea

  1. Like in many other West African countries, a plant stalk is used to clean the teeth of many Guinean’s. What’s weird is, here, some of the stalks can be bigger than your hand.

    Plants as traffic cones

    Plants as traffic cones

  2. Because Guinea is so lush, people don’t even bother using traffic cones to alert other drivers that there is a stalled car or accident ahead, people merely tear up a plant head and place them along the road to signal to other drivers.

    riding on the trunk in conakry

    riding on the trunk in conakry

  3.  So I’m sure this exists elsewhere, but I’ve never seen it to this degree. In Guinea there is literally no such thing as too many people in one car. Here, people are free to ride on the roof and even in the trunk to get where they need to go.

    little boy brings up water from stream in Conakry

    little boy brings up water from stream in Conakry

  4. In Guinea the food is delicious. Most dishes are an array of seafood with a spicy peanut-based sauce, but locals encourage foreigners to try one dish in particular because as legend has it, once you eat the head of the fish Konkoé, you will stay in Guinea forever.

…which I guess isn’t such a bad thing. It is a beautiful country after all.