Word of the Week: Matriculation

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2014

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Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, May 22, 2011

On Thursday, I was included in the invites to the Apprentices Matriculation. Of course, I had to dictionary.com what that was. Why they can't just say enrolment or induction, I don’t know. I thought it was just a bbq, then I found out it was at the town high school and when I got there (along with the other managers), I was blown away by the elaborate set-up and number of attendees – 400 people and 9 tents. A whole bunch of dignitaries including the Minister for Education, all the regional Chiefs and Queen Mother. The arrival of the chiefs reminded me of a scene from 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ with crazy dancing and music. It was a cultural experience and I sat in the front row of the Newmont tent which was a big mistake – the dignitaries did a full circle around the oval and shook hands with all the people in front row...and then at the end they came directly over to us and pulled me up to 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 routine and rhythm with work and after-hours. Joined some others for a power-walk after work through the Mining area and back along the road. Beautiful tropical forest that we’ll be clearing and some very big bugs. It rains most afternoons, but only for half hour or so and then gone. It is supposed to be wet-season, but hasn’t really rained that much yet (bit like Perth!).

Sunday afternoon, a group of us bussed the short distance out to Purple Rocks, the housing compound where Lycopodium (construction contractor) are staying, for a pool party. Was good to go swimming and get out of camp for the afternoon.

Currently making arrangements for my first break. Haven’t really had time to think about this, but the current plan is fly out direct to Rome then to Monaco to catch up with Tish&Kieran (lucky u getting a personal mention in my travel pod), then across to Greece and back to Rome to explore southern Italy. Nothing booked yet and I need to get cranking on making firm plans. My Lonely Planet guides are coming in quite handy tho ;-)

Some random observations: Ghanaians shake hands by finishing with a click of the fingers...I’m yet to perfect this. I’m glad I brought my own pillow, but wish I brought blue-tak (the locals don’t know what this is) and my scotch glass. The power goes on & off almost every afternoon. Packed to the Rafters is the only Aussie show on TV here. And Sunday morning I unknowingly squashed a 10cm gecko when shutting the bathroom door; I only noticed it wedged in the door frame when it started smelling. On that note...
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globalchild on

You're moving up in the world, man! Dancing with a Queen Mother, you lucky bastard.

Also, I bet someone laughed at the environmental guy squashing a gecko. I'm glad to see you're settling in. You'll have to show me with finger click thing when you're in Perth next.

Take lots of pictures of Rome. I'm curious.

Jesse on

I hope you danced up a storm and didn't hold back.

travellingross on

i'm yet to work out the finger clicking hand-shake, but it is on my to-do list...yes, poor gecko. i flushed him down the toilet like any good enviro would do.
PS - u can check out my pics from Rome in my Europe blog from when i went in 2009.

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