No Luck on the Cup

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

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Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, November 6, 2011

This was the first time for years that I have not watched (or at least listened to) the Melbourne Cup live. I still managed to put a few bets on thru my Centrebet account and then saw the final moments replayed on Sky News the next morning. A very close finish and none of my horses registered anywhere near the winners. Nobody else here even spoke of the Cup...even the Australians. They are more interested in movember. Blah. I was dealing with someone over email in the USA and they wished me a Happy Halloween. That's a first too. Odd.

I forgot to upload photos of snakes last week, so I have this week. We have some conservation specialists doing a biodiversity survey and they are catching quite a few snakes for release outside the mine area. Most are non-venomous, but also some nasty ones amongst the bunch. Snakes don’t bother me, but I’m surprised at how many people are petrified of them. The consultants are literally camping out in the forest. No thanks!

I have now booked my flights back to Perth for next break! After much research and frustration, I got the dates that I wanted for $3k economy – most expensive flights that I’ve had this year even tho I have travelled much longer distances. I still don’t understand how airlines calculate their ticket costs, but what u think will be cheap isn’t. Lots to fit in, but I am taking my 1 week of annual leave for the year to have a good break. I am now intending to return to Perth every 3rd break at least going forward. 3 overseas breaks in a row is a bit much. Really depends what is going on and who is travelling that I could meet up with, but that is my intention.

It is pouring rain at the moment. Supposed to dry out Nov-Feb, but doesn’t look like drying out anytime soon. But the humidity is noticeably lower this swing and blue sky and sunny days compared to the 100% cloud cover I’ve experienced to date.

During the week, I participated in a 2-day media management training course. It was somewhat interesting, but 1 component of the agenda had us doing a fake interview with a reporter whilst being filmed and then watching it back in front of the class so that it could be critiqued. Possibly the most excruciating thing I’ve done work-wise – watching a playback of me doing a 10 min interview at 7 am in front of my colleagues!

On Saturday night, I spontaneously went with a few people down to the town resort. Had a few drinks poolside and a bit of dance in the nightclub they have there. Bit of random fun, but I had to walk back to camp at 1230am on my own up a very dark road. My biggest worry was either getting hit by one of the erratic taxi’s or getting bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito. Not something I’ll be doing again!

Next weekend I will be heading over to my company’s other minesite for a week to participate in an audit. My first visit and I am looking forward to checking it out and being able to compare it to here like everyone else seems to do! Will be a good experience too.

Interesting Ghana Observations: there is such high demand for rental properties in the local town that most people are required to pay rent 1-2 yrs up front! Everyone quotes their salary in monthly figures rather than annual like we do. There are 2 Muslim public holidays per year – Monday is the 2nd one – I’ve not ever seen a Muslim here. The buildings at work are sprayed every 3 months with bug spray and to keep mossies away – it stinks right now in my room!!
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