Despite its many potholes and unreliable electricity, Bissau is a charming and colorful capital. The people are friendly -- even if not as outwardly so as in some West African countries -- and hospitable. There is a lot of tasty and unusual food and drink (ie. "grey wine" made from the ubiquitous local cashews). Most nicer restaurants and all hotels are overpriced, but still a bargain by Western standards.