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

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Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, September 11, 2011

It is a strange life going from days that are packed full of interesting trips, visits and global icons, to sitting in one of the most isolated places on the planet with not much to do outside work. I took it easy on my first weekend back. The others all ventured out to a contractor dinner at a neighbouring town. They all had a great time, but I just wanted to sleep. And sleep I did. After doing busy things on a break, I don't have any desire to run amok or drink until the late hours here. I got back into the swing of my routine this passed week. Got out onto site a fair bit and lots has happened in the couple of weeks away. That’s what I like the most about construction projects – progress each day and a new challenge each day. Keeps me interested. The General Admin Building is almost ready for us to move in. I want to move up there to be closer where the action is, but I don’t know how I will enjoy the conditions or the new office. But we will all be under the 1 roof and that will be better for me rather than my current situation of being in a separate office building to all the other site functions and expats.

Friday night 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 with people outside the usual crew and meet some new faces. Not a late night. I think I was back at camp by 11pm, work the next day.

Actually, the most exciting highlight was that I booked my flights for my next break! Fly out 1st Oct to Lima, Peru to meet my friend Melissa for our South American Trip of Awesome Awesomeness. We’ll be doing a 12 day tour of the major Peru highlights, hitting the Amazon Jungle for a couple of nights and then Bolivia and Buenos Aries, Argentina. Excited!

As I type this, I’m watching CNN and the Anniversary Commemorations for the Sept 11 USA attacks. This day 10 years ago, I was typing an essay for a 2nd year university assignment at home when I learned of the planes crashing into the World Trade Centers. It is more interesting watching the news coverage having been to the ground zero site only a few weeks ago. 10 years ago, I had no interest of working overseas or even travelling. I hadn’t even been on an aeroplane or been outside Western Australia! Now I am sick of travelling on aeroplanes and fortunate to have seen so many global places I never expected to see. Amazing what changes and evolves in a decade.
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