1st Week of Work
Trip Start May 04, 2011
106Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Akyem Mining Camp
What I did
The room is about the same size as my old one, but it has hot water that lasts more than 3 minutes, a towel rail that doesn’t fall off the wall when u brush passed, a new closet, a desk, mosquito net, bar fridge, and a working television (with DSTV, which is similar to foxtel)
Work-wise it was a busy week. Out in the field almost everyday with the guys I’m working with to check on construction and the clearing works. Getting up to speed with what’s changed since last visit and meeting new people. Also had the Induction and getting myself set-up. The overlap between me and the Operations Env Manager is much easier managed face to face now that I’m on-site and no time difference.
Set-up my desk on Saturday. It was perfect day to do it because I have to work Saturdays but the others don’t; so I had the office block all to myself and could play my music without headphones
Went to the gym several times during the week. Simple relatively small gym, but good that they even have one. An Australian guy from Ahafo (the other Newmont site in Ghana) was over for a few days and he shared our office; we had drinks Wed night at the wet mess and even went into town for a drink at a 'spot’ (bar). Not somewhere I think I would go often, but good to get out and see real life. They served my scotch & coke in a white wine glass! And there was this huge Michael Jackson poster on the wall.
The food is good, but not much in the way of salad. I’m trying to eat a variety to maintain some vitamins etc. Some people take vitamin pills to fulfil dietary needs, but I don’t really want to do this. Plus, there is a lot of pork on the menu and I don’t really like pork anymore. There is a BBQ every Saturday night in the wet mess, and this would be the best food night with some tasty steaks and garlic bread. Couple that with cheap Ghanaian beer (called Star) and Saturday nights are pretty good.
I’m still bummed that I missed Angry Boys, but will wait patiently for the dvd. But I did hear that West Coast beat Frem in the derby, so that’s good. On that note...