Wax Statues Before a Ghanaian Return

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

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What I did
touring and then back to work

Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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 state south of New York. I always thought New Jersey was a city and not a state. So the hurricane taught me something. So, my Sunday was very quiet. I ventured out to find some lunch. Nearly everything was closed still, but I managed to find a gourmet food store to find something to cook for dinner and then a cafe where I could get some lunch. The few places that were open were making a fortune cause the tourists couldn’t shop anywhere else. The highlight of my Sunday was watching the MTV Video Music Awards that night!

I called a couple of shops on Monday to see if they were open, and because the subway had restarted that morning, everything was back on and the streets were packed. I hit a few stores around Macy’s and got my last taste of McDonalds for a while. Madame Tussauds was the final item on the New York agenda. Even though my NY Pass had expired on Sunday, I was let in for free at Tussauds because they were closed all weekend because of the storm. That saved me $36! My expectation was of a series of wax models just dotted around a big room, however I was pleasantly surprised. An elevator took me 9 stories up and u walk out into a 'cocktail party’ scene where the models are cleverly arranged. Very odd because I walked about staring at life-like beings that didn’t stare back at me. A couple of times I actually thought they were real people – I even apologised to one when I crossed into their path! I was expecting them to be soft, but they feel like standard shop mannequins. There were about 5 different settings/rooms where the models were arranged. I really liked the New York City layout.

I flagged a cab easily out front of the apartment building. I’m sure the driver took me on the scenic route to JFK airport cause it was a bit over an hour before I arrived! We literally went through The Bronx to get there. The airport was pure madness. Apparently the domestic travellers had been diverted through the international terminal cause the domestic was flooded. For some reason I was calm in all the queues. I used to get stressed about missing flights, but now my theory is that if my bag is checked in and loaded on the plane, then they’ll try really hard to get me on the plane rather than search and remove my bag. Maybe I’m wrong, but it gives me peace when in crazy airports like this one. Some people love airports; I HATE them.

So, I am writing this while on the journey from Accra to site (Wednesday). It is a public holiday which caught me by surprise. I will go into the office and do what I do for a while before going to the bar and catching up with everyone and then gratefully unpacking my stuff.

When someone returns from break and you ask "how was your break?", the answer that u receive 99% of the time is “too short”. I am not one of those people and never will be. I appreciate that time keeps on ticking and that I will make the most of every moment. Life is what u have, so make the most of it; live in the moment cause that is all we have. Don’t wish that u had more time because u never will. I’m glad that this holiday/break was the first that had no palaces or cathedrals!! The USA is not as bad as I suspected, people are nice, the places are clean, however it is the materialistic and commercial heart of the world that I knew it would be. I’m not into that. But, if life takes me back there, I will be happy to go. When I got off the plane they used the terms “be careful when deplaning” – seriously?? Americans just invent words and then speak them as if they were spoken by Queen Victoria and have always been a part of the English language.

On that note, it is time for me to get into rehab.
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