New Room, New Routine

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

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Flag of Ghana  , Eastern Region,
Sunday, December 16, 2012

It is true what they say - that a change is as good as a holiday. And some may also say that I get lots of holidays so why would I need a change? But I do get bored of the same routine, so to spice it up occasionally (not too spicy!) is a good thing. This change came in the form of shifting to the new Accommodation Village at the main site.

Within a week of arriving back from Namibia, I was given the keys to my new room. Block G, Room of course I was singing "fly like a G6" around the office and to anyone who asked what my new room is. To date, I have still not found anyone who knows what song I am talking about. I had wanted to stay in the Exploration Camp for as long as possible because the people who had moved to the new camp were talking of non-stop issues: no tv reception, sometimes no water, and largely still under construction. Despite this, most had moved to the new 'Camp A' by the time I returned from break and it was kinda lonely at Explo camp with services about to be cut off. The new rooms are great compared to what I had. Brick walls mean u can’t hear next door sneeze, a flat screen tv where I can plug my laptop in and watch movies on the big screen, a microwave which I currently use as storage cabinet but will bring back some microwavable snacks next time, a ceiling fan high enough that it won’t decapitate me, and a shower that sprays water in expected directions. On the downside it is a single bed compared to my previous double. Although before I went out on break, one of the mine maintenance guys casually mentioned he was gonna buy a mattress cover and asked if I wanted one. Even tho I had completely forgotten about this casual conversation, he had purchased one for me and now my bed is super comfy! Nice. The rooms are much cooler too and I don’t even need the air con on at night, which I’m much happier with. Limited tv channels, but apparently we will soon have that will be good. Currently we have 16: at least 8 are sport and for some reason we have the Fashion Channel. It is good too that I don’t have to bus to work in the morning/arvo. Instead just a 5 min walk to the office.

We had our Christmas party a couple of weeks ago, and as expected it was beyond bad. I only stayed for 2 hrs and when the music gets louder than a jet engine that is my cue to leave. The only good thing is that there is a broader mix of people now and we all live in the same camp, so I have a variety of people to chat to and some around my age too. We kicked on back at Camp and it was a late drunk night for most. Fortunately I limited my intake and was one of the few to blow zero the next day when safety held a surprise breatho.

Only one week until I am home! Last year I had only just flown back in about this time and was entering my first Christmas away from home. With everyone winding down and starting to travel out of Ghana, it is good that I am one of those leaving too. The Ghanaian Presidential elections had threatened to ruin my travel plans, but fortunately there was no 2nd round of votes and the current pres was re-elected (there was an expat travel ban during the election period in case of violence). This has been a slightly shorter swing, but a good one. I think the change of scenery freshens the mind and helps pass the time. I’ve also been busier with work. So, I fly out on the day that according to the Mayan Calendar will be the last day of the world – 21st Dec 2012. Hopefully there is still a place to land 24 hrs later.
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