Pre- departure: 3weeks and counting!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2007
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Trip End May 15, 2007


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

OK, so I know I haven't actually travelled anywhere yet, but I'm still allowed to write a travel blog aren't I? I keep getting emails etc. asking how it's all going, so I thought I'd update you. This entry might be somewhat shorter than you'd expect, due to the very small amount of preparation I've done so far...

I'm still working for another two weeks, so don't have loads of time to do jobs, although I am spending every spare minute reading travel guides and browsing the web looking at Ghana pics. My packing list is finished, but everything on it is still to buy. However, after about four hours running around town like a headless chicken I managed to just about send off my Visa before the deadline. (Kind of important since it's essential to have one to even get on a flight to Ghana!) Oh, there was a slight glitch, in that once I got home I discovered one of the documents I should have sent still in my bag. I think I've sorted it now- if not you'll soon find out when you hear in the news of a lone female traveller who's been arrested at Accra airport for illegal entry!

So far I only know a little bit about the type of work I'm going to be doing, and where I'm staying. For at least the first month I'm going to be staying with a lady called Oforiwaa Obiri in her large house in Greater Accra, then moving out to a more rural village 2km from the large Kakum Rainforest reserve. I've had brief details about the orphanages where I'll be working too, although it all seems pretty flexible in terms of what type of work I'll be doing- from building new classrooms to changing nappies! If you have a look at Teaching and Projects Abroad's website, you'll get about as good an idea as I've got- you can click


here to access it.

At this stage, I'd expected to be panicking about my money situation, but thanks to a miraculous number of generous donations I can relax as far as that's concerned. Thanks to everyone who's bought a 'Who Am I' quiz, I'll draw the winner on March 1st. If anyone's ever looking for a quick way to make money, I'd highly recommend it- I'm getting cheques in the post daily from long- lost relatives and random colleagues/ friends of friends! It's such a nice position to be in because I'll be able to do pretty much whatever I fancy (within reason!), without worrying I'll be stranded in Africa with no money. To be fair, I haven't really bought anything except essentials and the odd coffee in town for over 6months, and although I've been accused of being tight-fisted (Dad) it will really pay off when I can afford to have a fantastic time in Ghana.

The nasty medical bits are nearly over now, after over 13 injections! I've got to have a tasty drink of cholera tomorrow, then again in a week and then I'll hopefully be immune to anything Africa's got to throw my way. Then it's just a medical kit of essentials and 200's worth of anti malarials! Can't complain, though- I'd rather all that than die, and I don't suppose my family would be very happy either!

I am just the teeniest bit alarmed about the millions of nasty diseases I could contract/ the risk of getting charged by a hippo (no, seriously), but there's only about 1% of me that nervous- the rest is just excitement! I'm literally counting down the days!
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