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  • #16
    I have done a good bit of work in Africa, Nigeria, Angola and now Egypt. I've seen the same thing in Nigeria you are talking about, guys bringing in coolers full of food from the USA. But in their defense, they were in a closed camp with only a site canteen for their meals.

    I have usually worked around various towns and cities and have usually eaten local fare. If it is meat, cook it well and it should kill off all the nasties, fruit and vegetables. Rinse your fruits and veggies also if you want.

    To be honest, I seem to have a pretty robust immunity system and in almost 20 years working overseas, I can count the number of times that I have been ill on one hand and these were usually just a single day GI thing. And this includes stopping along the road in Nigeria and eating meat and veggies of very questionable quality and sources (I think the meat was monkey, not sure but it was tasty).

    The reason why I enjoy working international is so that I can take part in the culture and food is a huge part of any culture. If I had to drag my own food back and forth, I might as well stay home.

    Forgot to add, a couple of weeks ago, I went to Suez to have dinner with some of my guys. We ate in a divey place that was open to the front that sold fish, they had a small place upstairs with a couple of tables where we ate. I'm sure they would have flunked any health inspection in the USA. There was 6 of us and they ordered enough food for 20. Huge plate was put in front of me with grilled jumbo shrimp, a whole fish, some fried fish and something else I can't recall. And of course, everyone eats with their fingers. All the food was wonderful and yes, I survived very well thank you, other than being full for 2 days.

    Eat the local food, enjoy the culture. For Americans these are rare experiences not to be missed.

    I'm assuming this is oil and gas related, if they need a HSE puke, let me know.
    Last edited by texas.grok; 05-15-2014, 09:54 AM.
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    • #17
      Have so much fun! If you've traveled before to 3rd world countries and have eaten the food and been okay, I wouldn't worry. I live in Colombia and am constantly warned not to drink the tap water, eat food from the street vendors, etc.... I do. And I'm fine. Have also done so in Thailand and other places. The local cuisine is great! Also, here in Colombia, they are very starch-based as well. I let myself indulge every now and then, because it's delicious! Currently, I'm eating an empanada made from corn. It's filled with delicious meat. You only live once- don't deny yourself! And, start a blog so I can creepily stalk your adventures (and live vicariously through you, while here in Colombia!)
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      • #18
        Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
        My wife and I have debated going on vacations and basing them around the abundance of local street fare. The city we live in, has a large dominican/puerto rican population, and old habits die hard for them, we have some street vendors much like 3rd world countries. Some of the best tasting stuff comes off those little carts and trucks.
        The best street food I ever had was on Zanzibar Island. Every evening vendors show up in the park with all sorts of different fish and cook it right there. It's amazing, an entire food court springs up out of nowhere full of goodies. Sad to think that so many tourists are afraid of it and just stay in the fancy places.
        You are an animal on this planet and the rules of engagement are non negotiable.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
          My wife and I have debated going on vacations and basing them around the abundance of local street fare. The city we live in, has a large dominican/puerto rican population, and old habits die hard for them, we have some street vendors much like 3rd world countries. Some of the best tasting stuff comes off those little carts and trucks.
          The best street food I ever had was on Zanzibar Island. Every evening vendors show up in the park with all sorts of different fish and cook it right there. It's amazing, an entire food court springs up out of nowhere full of goodies. Sad to think that so many tourists are afraid of it and just stay in the fancy places.
          You are an animal on this planet and the rules of engagement are non negotiable.

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          • #20
            I wish the 'carbs make you fat ergo, no carbs=insta weight loss' dogma would die. Mark really needs to destroy all copies of his book.
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            • #21
              Don't try to pet the hippos. They look slow and cute, but they can outrun you. And while white marbles are their primary food source, they are very territorial and will literally bite your ass in half.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Chopper9994 View Post
                . As previously mentioned, my co-workers may be a little too paranoid and bring entire suitcases of food stuffed full of junk. I'll most likely just take a few things paleo friendly and just wing it as I go. I doubt very much I'll starve to death! Lol...
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                I don't know if you'll get to interact with locals much, but it might be neat to bring a suitcase full of GOOD food from home (ie stuff you couldn't get there) to trade/share with locals (and you can eat it yourself if needed).

                Personally I think the local cuisine sounds great (and I absolutely wouldn't worry about the high starch content. It's not processed junk food & you're only there for a month - eat what the locals eat!)

                I'm curious what your non-primal coworkers bring that they "can't live without" twinkies & hohos? I suppose there are always things that friends/family request (one of my UK friends requests cinnamon gum and Blistex's DCT when I visit him), but... On a flight to either St. Maarteen or Jamaica a few years ago there was a woman across the aisle from me that had a GIANT bag of cheez doodles. Like "took up the entire space under the seat in front of her" big. Lol.

                Oh, and food poisoning? I've travelled all over the world, off the beaten path (roadside meat/fish = YUM), eaten some really strange things, and the one time I ever got sick? McDonald's in Madrid (I do like to check out international McDs to see what's local/different) - sick as a dog for 24+ hours... Ugh.

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                • #23
                  Maybe you can find bitalong there? I really dont know if you can in ghana tbh, but it is spicy african beef jerky i tried it once and it was spicy, but good! And of course, good protein

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