Travel Blogs from New Abirem, Ghana

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I’ll Have a Triple Double Thanks, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

I’ll Have a Triple Double Thanks

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... ;...yep, 3 double shots of jack daniels. That’s A LOT of liquor and a drink I never aspire to order. Interesting Ghana Observations: “You are welcome” and “Good Morning/Afternoon” are statements used more here than I have ...

Watch out road users of Ghana, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Watch out road users of Ghana

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... these things. Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful week. There was a wind-up dinner for the National Service Personnel. In Ghana, there is a requirement for uni grads to spend 1 yr in the workforce – the govt pays half and the companies pay ...

New Room, New Routine, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

New Room, New Routine

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... about this time and was entering my first Christmas away from home. With everyone winding down and starting to travel out of Ghana, it is good that I am one of those leaving too. The Ghanaian Presidential elections had threatened to ruin my travel plans, ...

Wax Statues Before a Ghanaian Return, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Wax Statues Before a Ghanaian Return

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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I slept right through the hurricane's arrival in New York. Actually had a really good 12 hr sleep. Couldn’t really tell if there was any damage from looking out my window. The TV news told me that most of the hurricane damage was in New Jersey, the ...

Wet and Occasionally Wild, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Wet and Occasionally Wild

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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It has been a day over a month since I returned to Ghana from my Perth break and October has been a very wet month (as historically expected) which makes my job a bit more challenging trying to put controls in place to stop the site washing away. Right ...

2 Weeks to Hollywood!, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

2 Weeks to Hollywood!

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... on site this week and I think that is about my mental limit! Congrats to my bestie Bri on the birth of Oliver :-) Interesting Ghana Observations: my graduate staff member is only 4 years younger than me and was shocked when I told him this – they ...

Planning for Houston & a Night Out, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Planning for Houston & a Night Out

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... quite slow to Ghanaians so they understand my accent. So it was good to be able to chat at normal pace and about life beyond Ghana. Saturday night was an outing to a contractors housing compound in Ntranang. About a 15 min bus trip. It was a wet night, ...

The Final Chapter, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

The Final Chapter

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... party for me Wednesday night at the new hotel in town. It was funny because I think it was scheduled that night to align with the Ghana v Nigeria soccer match and give the Dept a chance to unite with free food, drinks, tv and watch the game. My moment was ...

Another 6 Weeks – this one went quick!, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Another 6 Weeks – this one went quick!

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... bar. With that first tails, focus shifted in my work scope and I was enthused to work on different challenges and learn new operational practices. The threat of redundancy hangs over most working in the gold industry and my company is no different as it ...

Ghanaian Return and 29th Birthday, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Ghanaian Return and 29th Birthday

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... don’t want to divulge work detail that will bite me in the butt later on! 2 days after getting back to site was Ghana’s Independence Day public holiday. I worked it and will take the day in lieu for my next break. Actually, everyone works ...

Small Highlights, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Small Highlights

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... was a celebration party of the 1st Concrete Pour that happened while I was on break. Really well organised function down at the new resort/golf course. They imported steaks and wine from South Africa. Delicious! A local band played. It was good to mix ...

No Luck on the Cup, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

No Luck on the Cup

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... it out and being able to compare it to here like everyone else seems to do! Will be a good experience too. Interesting Ghana Observations: there is such high demand for rental properties in the local town that most people are required to pay rent 1-2 ...

One Year In, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

One Year In

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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Yesterday marked 1 year since I first came to work in Ghana full time. Although I started on the project in Feb 2011 and had come to visit site for the first time in Oct 2010, the 5th of May 2011 was the start of my first full 6 week rotation. And in that ...

1 Night in Nairobi Before a Return to Ghana, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

1 Night in Nairobi Before a Return to Ghana

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... watched Ghana lose to Zambia in the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament. The Kenyans are not good at soccer, but were going for Ghana so that was quite interesting. I slept averagely in my $60 single room and was back in the taxi to the airport at ...

Who is Burkina Faso?, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Who is Burkina Faso?

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... travel with a friend. December break will see me back in Perth, so the destinations for the rest of 2011 are set! Interesting Ghana Observations: people do a hiss sound when trying to get your attention; they say “pick it” and leave off the ...

Commercial Production, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Commercial Production

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... my time. And I finally got my insurance claim money from the Tanzanian near death camping experience so gave me research time for new phone, mp3 player, etc. And to sign off positively, I'm flying home to be there for the birth of my second niece/nephew, ...

Counting down to the US of A, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Counting down to the US of A

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... some pics. Actually my photos are nature orientated this week. I guess I chose the right career afterall. Some More Interesting Ghana Observations: they think that Ross and Rose are pronounced the same - Rose; vehicle windows are simply referred to as ...

Back to the Routine, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Back to the Routine

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... standards, but I guess this internet rant has failed me. I'll keep trying... Now that I’ve vented that...so my return to Ghana was smooth. Actually this time I have not felt any effects of the time difference from Sth America to here and I had no ...

An African Easter and Wedding, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

An African Easter and Wedding

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... started 1.5 hrs late which annoyed me...I could’ve stayed in bed longer! Silly me for thinking anything starts on time in Ghana...I was fooled by the invite saying "10am prompt". The entire service was in the local language and I was right up the ...

Sunday Outing, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Sunday Outing

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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So, I had some photos of site and town that I somehow uncontrollably deleted on Saturday at work when I was trying to name and file them. I am still confused at where they went. So, most of the photos are from today when a group of us went out to GOPDC ...

Word of the Week: Matriculation, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Word of the Week: Matriculation

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... dance with them as part of the concluding ceremony. So, I can add to my life CV that I’ve danced with a Queen Mother in Ghana. The whole event went for 5 hrs!!! Much longer than I thought, but worth it for the experience. I’m getting a bit of ...

A Month of Sundays, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

A Month of Sundays

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... Oh well. Alright, I’m gonna get back to enjoying the final few days of my twenties...next entry from Istanbul! Interesting Ghana Observations: I was in a meeting and someone who was talking said “Let me land” = let me finish talking. ...

Mingling with the Chiefs, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Mingling with the Chiefs

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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Only 2 days until I am once again on a plane outta here!! I love being within the 1 week countdown and can get fully excited about a break. It was a busier work week with VIP visits and the realisation that I needed to get a few things done before my ...

1st Week of Work, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

1st Week of Work

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... things make me happy! Also able to go thru my work emails and sort some stuff out. I’m yet to transfer to the Ghana server, so working off the Aus server is slow, but seemingly a second faster on weekends. Went to the gym several times during the ...

Well hello 2012, Year of the Dragon, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Well hello 2012, Year of the Dragon

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... into the cultural side of things rather than always focusing on the natural wonders and historical aspects of travel/life. Interesting Ghana Observations: "are u sure" is a very common phrase that I now like to say with a questioning face; guys randomly ...

Kettle, Bugs and Break Planning, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Kettle, Bugs and Break Planning

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... in my room via the newmont network which is great. But newmont blocks all the fun stuff here - can't even do my footy tips! Ghana had a Public Holiday on Wednesday for African Union Day. I worked it so I could get out on my break a day earlier; besides ...

Return to Routine & Break Planning, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Return to Routine & Break Planning

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... , but the beaches are hopefully much nicer. Flights are booked too. I have to do a Nairobi overnight stop on way back to Ghana and a friend just sent me a news link about the terror threat in Kenya now being "critical"...super. I won’t be venturing ...

Is That My Hat?, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Is That My Hat?

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... when you're having fun! 6 weeks since my last entry and preparing for jetting off again. I wouldn’t call my time in Ghana "fun" but it is not punishment either. My positive attitude NY resolution has lasted a while longer than normal and I feel good ...

Another Sunday in Paradise?, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Another Sunday in Paradise?

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... hr power walk thru the hills of Ghana. Needless to say I was in bed by 830pm after my big day out. Interesting Ghana Observations: I have noticed frequent written confusion between the words 'been’ and ‘being’. Some of the local kids ...

Merry Christmas from West Africa!, New Abirem, Ghana travel blog

Merry Christmas from West Africa!

A travel blog entry by travellingross

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... be very different too!!! PS – I left my new Powderfinger CD in the hire car. Brought the album with me to Ghana, opened the cover and no CD! Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Plus, my Napster account no longer works outside the United States of Silly America and ...

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