Hanging Out at the Landfill

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


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

My fitness regime went out the window this week. I usually go to the gym after work each day, but I attended a 2 day safety training course during the week and couldn't be bothered gyming. I presented one of the modules on the first day. That went really well, but I was hanging for a drink afterwards. The Thursday night turned into a massive night. Not for me – I am getting really good at restraining myself from drinking too much. But the others enjoyed a few and it was funny to watch. Plus I had a day trip out to Kumasi for an audit the next day.

Kumasi is Ghana’s second biggest city and about a 3 hr drive from where I am. The car left site at 6 am – yuk. It was good to get out and see something different. The audit itself involved going to the main hazardous waste removal contractor yard. This was an eye opener. The contractors yard itself was ok, but driving to their workshop was a maze of streets thru the light industrial area where oil runs freely across open dirt and kids wander about thru the car wrecks and truck shops. We then headed out to the landfill – yay. It is supposed to be the best designed landfill in Ghana...hmmm. Lunch was really good – went to a hotel and had a wood fired pizza! During lunch, one of the guys was trying to teach me some of the local language. I am just not that interested in learning the language. If I was in a Spanish or French speaking country then I would be all over it and wanting to learn, but I just don’t see the value of trying to learn a language that only applies to Ghana and when all the locals can speak English anyway. Following the language lesson, I posed for photos. I felt a bit like a celebrity. Ghanaians love their cameras and even more so if they can get a photo with an Obruni (white guy). I'll have to get their photos to upload.

I spent a few hours on Saturday arvo walking about the Resettlement Area. The first families have moved in over the weekend and were having a celebration – they are so happy (even tho construction still occurs around them each day). Makes me feel that I am working on a project that is making a difference to peoples lives. I’m sure that there are a lot who are negative about the whole resettlement process, but the net benefit is obvious when u compare their current living standards to the new.

I’m annoyed because I can’t charge my Nintendo 3DS here. I think it is the converter or something. My last option is to charge it with the car charger. But I am stoked that the Eagles beat Carlton. I look forward to waking up next Saturday morning and learning that we are into the Grand Final! On that note...
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