Overall, this swing has been better than last
. I was struggling a bit last swing with negativity and general frustration, but this time I have changed some routines like skipping breakfast in the dining hall and just eating a snack instead - i'm not a social morning person. This helps me not to get frustrated by stupid small stuff that really wouldn’t bother you in the 'real world’. Plus my return trip back to Ghana from my Perth break was very good with no effects of jet lag and I eased right back into normal sleep patterns and life as an expat. Although that 2nd
flight from Dubai to Accra was so jam packed with people that the BO was toxic and the lack of leg room was insanely obvious compared to the larger plane of the 1st
flight from Perth to Dubai. Almost made me wish I paid for Business class....almost :-)
Random thoughts: I bought some $19 Speakers for my laptop from Target whilst in Perth and they have changed my life...well my musical/movie life in my room anyways. Perth was great weather for the 2 weeks I was home and then Ghana is well in the midst of the wet season and almost every day is raining from about 5pm onwards when the tropical skies unload their fury. Maybe another reason for my improved outlook this swing was that I had a 9-day alcohol-free period of detox. After Perth, I was needing some alcohol free time (Which no one here really understands why I would want to have a week with no booze), and it was good
. Although the last 2 weeks have seen me have a few boozy blow out nights with the guys around the wet mess table that seemed to have eroded my healthy detox period. Oh well.
Alright, I’m gonna get back to enjoying the final few days of my twenties...next entry from Istanbul! Interesting Ghana Observations:
I was in a meeting and someone who was talking said “Let me land” = let me finish talking. We have been waiting on our new work uniform order for ages, finally the shirts arrived and one of my staff said “but I have not received my downs yet” – he was referring to his pants. I was having drinks at the bar Wed night and before leaving, I went to pay my tab and the Ghanaian bar man said that my bar bill had been settled by “the black man”. My response: “um, you’re gonna have to be a bit more specific”. We laughed.
I must admit that I'm bored now of sitting in my room on a Sunday. Normally there is something happening or the occasional excursion. But nothing has been organised for some time and I am not one to initiate something like that myself. So, I sit in my room and research my next break (although Mum has thankfully done most of the research for the next one!), skype and generally do not much. I do love my own personal time and enjoy my own intelligent company, but when u have a month where every Sunday is the same, it can all get a bit too dull – even for me. Last Sunday I spent a solid hour downloading various message tones for my phone and finally settled on Bugs Bunny saying "What’s up doc?". That was as exciting as my weekend got. But I’m well over the half way mark of this swing and 2 weeks from today I will be in Istanbul, Turkey!