Coming to Tamale soon? Lucky you! Here is my 15 minute guide to Tamale. Tamale is a wonderful little place where you can work long hours with little opportunity cost, and save lots of money (at least until you go to Accra and go crazy buying things you haven't seen in 9 months in Koala grocery.) This guide includes tips on interacting with Ghanaians, what to eat, and things to do in Tamale.
Several people I know are planning trips to Dakar this spring. Like Accra, aka "I cry", Dakar is plagued by traffic, eager taxis, and expensive restaurants, but it has Ethiopian food so it's all okay. I was in Dakar in 2005, so I make no claims about the current relevance of my guide, but hope it is helpful nonetheless! It includes some basic Wolof, notes on the culture, and advice about a few favorite activities from my Dakar days.