No Luck on the Cup
Trip Start May 04, 2011
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I forgot to upload photos of snakes last week, so I have this week. We have some conservation specialists doing a biodiversity survey and they are catching quite a few snakes for release outside the mine area. Most are non-venomous, but also some nasty ones amongst the bunch. Snakes don’t bother me, but I’m surprised at how many people are petrified of them
I have now booked my flights back to Perth for next break! After much research and frustration, I got the dates that I wanted for $3k economy – most expensive flights that I’ve had this year even tho I have travelled much longer distances. I still don’t understand how airlines calculate their ticket costs, but what u think will be cheap isn’t. Lots to fit in, but I am taking my 1 week of annual leave for the year to have a good break. I am now intending to return to Perth every 3rd break at least going forward. 3 overseas breaks in a row is a bit much. Really depends what is going on and who is travelling that I could meet up with, but that is my intention.
It is pouring rain at the moment. Supposed to dry out Nov-Feb, but doesn’t look like drying out anytime soon. But the humidity is noticeably lower this swing and blue sky and sunny days compared to the 100% cloud cover I’ve experienced to date.
During the week, I participated in a 2-day media management training course. It was somewhat interesting, but 1 component of the agenda had us doing a fake interview with a reporter whilst being filmed and then watching it back in front of the class so that it could be critiqued
On Saturday night, I spontaneously went with a few people down to the town resort. Had a few drinks poolside and a bit of dance in the nightclub they have there. Bit of random fun, but I had to walk back to camp at 1230am on my own up a very dark road. My biggest worry was either getting hit by one of the erratic taxi’s or getting bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito. Not something I’ll be doing again!
Next weekend I will be heading over to my company’s other minesite for a week to participate in an audit. My first visit and I am looking forward to checking it out and being able to compare it to here like everyone else seems to do! Will be a good experience too.
Interesting Ghana Observations: there is such high demand for rental properties in the local town that most people are required to pay rent 1-2 yrs up front! Everyone quotes their salary in monthly figures rather than annual like we do. There are 2 Muslim public holidays per year – Monday is the 2nd one – I’ve not ever seen a Muslim here. The buildings at work are sprayed every 3 months with bug spray and to keep mossies away – it stinks right now in my room!!