After the park we travelled through northwestern Benin where we got to try tchouk (millet beer). It is cheap and delicious—cidery and tart. Tchouk is everywhere and it’s a big part of the social culture of northern Benin and Togo. We made a lunchtime stop in our friend John’s town and started the visit with some time at the tchouk hut.


Making and selling tchouk is a women’s job. This is a tchouk seller sitting behind her container full of tchouk, which is served up in dried gourd bowls.


This is Adam with John and the tchouk hut crowd. Each person gets a little metal bowl stand and wooden bowl cover. It was market day and one of the men had just purchased the chicken, whose price was a major topic of conversation.


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