Ghanaian Return and 29th Birthday

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

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Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's really not that bad being back in Ghana and at work. I don’t have to cook, clean, wash my clothes, make my bed, make social plans or pay excessive amounts of money for booze. The people are nice (although not many cared/asked about what I got up to on my break) and I have time to catch up on life. Oh and the work is interesting and I’m learning again; lots of field time this week which is what I prefer. I don’t write much about work in this blog because it’s work. I’d rather focus on the experiences and life stuff. Plus – this is a public website and I 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 the public holidays, even a lot of the local environmental staff. All the expats got together to watch the Wimbledon final at the construction contractors’ accommodation (Purple Rocks). It was great by the pool and a very spicy bbq (not so good for me, but I drowned the fire in my mouth with scotch). Good to be in same timezone as London for the tennis too!

I did blow a fuse during the week tho because people walk in and out of Block C and slam the door which is right near my head when sleeping – at 430am! The Village Manager has now instructed the housekeepers not to come in until after 6am and I have had polite words with other residents of Block C to not slam the f-ing door. Amazing what an improvement that made. My cell block mates are jealous of my home-made 'Do Not Disturb’ sign too; they want me to go into production and make them signs.

2 highlights of the week were going into town to get passport photos done for my work permit (which has finally been approved!) and then going into a bar in town for a Saturday night. I don’t get into town much, so it was good to leave the main camp for a bit. Although the bar in town was DEAD....8 of us went, and there was just us 8 (plus the bar staff) in the whole place. But, there was a 25 yr-old Ghanaian guy there and I struck up a conversation about whether he thought Madonna adopting little African babies was good or bad. Ahhh, the things u talk about when having a few bevvies. BTW, he was supportive of Madonna adopting the African kid...

So, today is my 29th Birthday. 1st time I’ve had my bday overseas. Usually I make a big deal about my bday i.e. July is a month of celebrations and everyone knows that it is coming. But here, I have kept it quiet. I’m glad it fell on a Sunday, so I skyped the family and enjoyed the 3 x choruses of ‘Happy Birthday’. Good to just have the day off and to myself.
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