You can have a look at my Facebook Page for my Mali Blog Entry. (tony de la motte in case you were wondering.....)
This is my last work trip for the year. Ghana is one of my better country's not least due to the fact I lived here for a few years. But:
The Flight is on a big plane
The Big Plane is SAA and with all their shite, they are still a decent African airline
I have an SAA Gold Card
The flight is only 6 hours
They do not limit the booze
The food is OK
The seats are as kak as any other airline in Africa
We have a House in Accra
I know people here
I did however, like an idiot, leave R500 worth of booze that I had purchased at duty free on the plane. Needless to say it was gone 20 minutes after I realised it was gone and asked the nice lads at "Lost and Found" to contact the plane for me.
Whoever took it - I hope you enjoy it.
Chatted at the house with Zack who is down from Burkina on his way home until 1am and went to bed after smoking a sleeping tablet.
We have a lad from SA who is on his first trip to Ghana. He was advised he was to be up at 5 and we were to leave at 5:30. (Thursday there is no plane to Tarkwa)
As he was in the HaHa room with no bathroom, I did offer my shower to him in the morning.
He Knocked on my door and I told him to go ahead and shower
I also had no idea why I was feeling so Farking tired.
I lay in bed bemoaning the fact that I was so bloody tired. I mean 5am is 7am SA time and I should not have an issue on 4 hours sleep.
My alarm did not go off
I checked my watch and lo and behold, Jimmy the Doos had not changed his watch to Ghana Time.
It was 3am Ghana Time - 5am SA time.
Needless to say I was rather acidic when he came out of the shower.
I tossed and turned until 5am (Ghana Time) and toddled in for my shower.
Strike 2 - when you in Ghana make sure that you turn on the water heater. I had forgotten. Jimmy did not realise that as he too was having a cold shower.
I hate cold showers in the Morning!!!!!
5:45 on the road for the 6 hour trip to Tarkwa. Jeri had CD's and Snacks. She also ripped me off as it was my job to buy the booze and as we left I had no booze.
Only got stopped once by the cops who were looking for the kidnapped Israeli and the Kidnapped Leb. Not sure if anyone of us looked remotely Jewish or Lebanese.
It is good to get back on site and see whats happening. I sweated like a pig and I really had forgotten how hot and humid Ghana could get at this time of the year.
Small Works tomorrow am
Obuasi tomorrow pm
All in all should be a good weekend. I may be able to keep you posted.