Who is Burkina Faso?

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

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

This week started off really busy. I had work visitors, short on staff and then out of nowhere came the news from the Regional office that we needed to prepare a presentation for a VIP who was coming to site mid-week. The Project Director kept mentioning that it was the Minister of Mines and I thought it was obviously the Minister from Ghana. Then I saw/heard the name 'Burkina Faso' and I thought – geez, I’ve never heard of that company before. It took me until I typed it into google to realise that it is a country! Actually, the northern neighbour of Ghana. I like to think that I have heard of every country in the world and can at least point to a rough region of where each country might be – but I have NEVER heard of Burkina Faso. Apparently my company has exploration prospects up there.

The presentation was the most awkward I have ever done. The Minister only spoke French (Burkina Faso is a former French colony) so everything we spoke was translated as the presentation went! Really hard to focus. The venue was at the brand new resort just down the road from the main site offices. They have a really nice bar, pool, golf course etc. Was my first time inside and it felt like I’d arrived at a new country. Really nice and I can see it being the place of many work parties and conferences to come.

I also had my first drive of a car outside Australia! I’m going for my site driving permit next week and it sounds like a really intense process, so I asked one of my team to take me for a driving lesson. Was bizarre driving on the right hand side, but actually not as bad as I thought. The cars are absolute crap tho and we’re getting new ones later this yr. Reminds me of the crap cars at Bodd when I first arrived there. E.g. the park brake doesn’t even work, u have to turn the a/c off to start the engine, and manual 4WD hubs! I almost hit a goat and then got told to "slow down" - I was doing 60 in a 100 zone...lordy, how slow can I go.

Busy week also in terms of travel planning. Amy and I ‘agreed’ to scratch Miami and instead go to Las Vegas!! I’m really excited about that (even watched The Hangover last night to prepare myself). We’ve got all flights booked now and I will go direct from Vegas to New York City and have 7 nights there. More nights than I expected, but the more I look into it, there are quite a lot of things I’m interested in seeing in NYC. I’m thinking of booking a studio apartment for the week in the centre of Manhattan...noice.

I’ve also planned for the break after this coming one – South America with Melissa (Boddington friend)!! I jumped at the opportunity to join her for the Peru leg of her trip in October. So, we’ve booked the typical Peru tour (Machu Pichu, Cusco, Inca Trail) and then finish in Bolivia. I’d really like to then have a few days in Brazil, but I’m looking into visa’s and Brazil is nasty with high visa restrictions so it may be difficult. I’ve longed to visit the Amazon before we destroy it, so I’m mega excited about that too, especially being able to 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 “up”; most houses don’t have title deeds so it is all based off local knowledge and agreement; I saw documents that instead of a signature, they used a thumb-print; Prince is a really common name; they are obsessed with hand-shakes and I don’t like hand-shakes so it bothers me; white people are called “obruni” so u will walk down the road and the locals will yell obruni obruni at me as if I’m a wonder to them. I got ‘mobbed’ the other day by a group of little kids when I was on a walk thru the forest and they say “hi obruni” and then get all shy and amazed when u wave and say hi back. Cute and sad at the same time.

RIP Amy Winehouse and all the murdered people in Norway.
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BEIGE Village Resort New Abirem on

It was Friday and we got there late. They offer 'palm wine' - sweet tasting local drink- a boozer. It tasted it first and gave the others. Magdalene was quick to drink all. Well later she went dancing all night at the resort's pub till midnight.

I got a room quite afar off the reception but it proved worthwhile since I had some guys over till late and the noise level went quite high.

The resort was not completely finished when we got there but they gave us rooms all the same.

The area is rainy for most part of our trip to New Abirem.

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