Wet and Occasionally Wild

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


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What I did
Work, Lake Volta

Flag of Ghana  , Eastern Region,
Sunday, October 28, 2012

It has been a day over a month since I returned to Ghana from my Perth break and October has been a very wet month (as historically expected) which makes my job a bit more challenging trying to put controls in place to stop the site washing away. Right now, I just want it to stop raining! Enough about the weather...

Almost a week after returning, my sister gave birth to her son, Blake Kristopher, and I became an official Uncle for the 1st time – sharing a middle name too! Very exciting, and a relief that all went well and healthy. It seemed like the longest pregnancy ever!

This swing (or rotation as I have to say in front of the Americans) included a Sunday day trip to Nkawkaw township for lunch at a nice hotel (for Ghana standards) and then we went across to the headwaters of Lake Volta – the largest human-made lake in the world. This lake is used to generate considerable hydro-power for the country and no doubt inundated a bunch of towns/villages when it was constructed. I bet they never received the resettlement support that my company has to provide. It was good to visit a bit more of the country and mix with work colleagues in a different setting.

The mine is ramping up with new staff on board making for a very welcome diversity of conversation, although I still lack decent Australian interaction and get a bit sick of talking about the differences between Australia and the rest of the world and the constant claim that Perth is such an expensive city – yeah, if you stay at Pan Pacific, dine at Coco's as an average meal experience, and get coffee on Rokeby Road, then yes Perth is expensive. And just like any other global city, there are places where cheap dining and accommodation can be found. The mine pit hills continue to be mined at an incredible pace since first dirt movement in late August and new features of the process plant arise every day. The development speed of this project is far beyond the neverending story that was Boddington. The new camp is ready up at the main plant site and the first occupants have moved in. As blocks are finished, more people will move in and I’m told that my turn will be "in the next couple of weeks"...so given this is the mining/construction industry, that terminology means that I’ll be lucky to be moved in by Christmas. I’ve seen the rooms and they are bigger than my current room, complete with flat screen tv, microwave, and sofa! Very flash, but a single bed compared to my current double and the worst part will be living only a few metres from the office and surrounded by work. Where I am now is a kilometre down the road and there is a separation between work/life. But, overall I don’t care where I’m staying so long as it is safe and I have internet/phone reception! And a change of scenery and mixing with a wider bunch of people, including the many Australians that work for the construction contractor, will be great.

I had two big Saturday nights in a row this swing and an unplanned big Thursday night with some visiting medical doctor volunteers, which left this 30 year old a tad exhausted. The no-alcohol Saturday last night and 12 hr sleep was just what I needed. It was 2 guys’ birthdays over the 2 Saturday’s that resulted in some partying and the wild nature of my blog title. Only I would be silly enough to bring up the US election and question a pre-emptive military strike on Iran at 2 in the morning. Fun times. The Americans here all despise Obama, so I relish in arguing against Republicans and wind some of them up about the stupidity of their former President’s. More fun times. Shame I won’t be here for the election to rub in Obama’s 2nd win.

This time next week, I will be enjoying my first night of my break in Cape Town, South Africa. I have wanted to go to this city for a while and pictures of it just make my jaw drop...hopefully it is as impressive in person. I will have 5 nights there and then fly to Windhoek for a 9 day organised tour of southern Namibia taking in places that I have dreamed about since seeing photos of the remarkable dunes taken by my boss at SKM 8 yrs ago. The tour will be lots of travelling in a bus/van and last I heard there was only 1 other person registered for the tour, so it could be a bit quiet. But that’s what I want - rest and amazing scenery.
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Jesse on

It seems like your blogs are getting further and further apart...London seems so long ago.

travellingross
travellingross on

yeah, well there was a Perth entry between London and now. Plus there is not much excitement to report back from Ghana now that i've settled. U should start a blog :-) Send me updated photos of ur house...

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