So...I thought I was protecting myself. I thought, if I bring a lot of cash, that's a lot of cash which can be stolen. I thought, I'll use travellers checks and credit cards. And I'll get to an ATM there -- all my guidebook say there are atms. (They didn't however, say that the ATMs actually WORK.)
Well, no one takes travellers checks or credit cards. And this weekend I got so low on cash that I literally didn't have any money for food or clean water. But, thank goodness, I had iodine tablets and and empty water bottle to make something to brush my teeth with! And fortunately I was an invited guest for lunch and dinner yesterday - by pure chance.
So, next time I come to Africa, I'm bringing big buckets of cash. Or at least a more than a couple hundred dollars!