20th August 2008 – 0600hrs
Well, it worked out and I am out of the airport and in the city. Right now I’m sprawled on the bed playing with my new toy – a Canon S5 IS, my replacement for the S1 I had.
I need to head back to the airport in a few hours, taking off to
21st August 2008 – 0500hrs
Well, alls worked out so well, and I am now waiting for my flight to
This is going to be interesting and I will find out if I made a good decision or not. A dearth of seats to
22nd August 2008 – 0500hrs
I’ve been up since 3am, tired, not much sleep last night, not much sleep since the 19th!
1500hrs and I am tired, annoyed and angry. I’ve finally reached my destination,
Due to a lack of seats I was forced to look at alternatives if I was to stick with my schedule.
A 6am departure was delayed for an hour due to bad weather at destination. Eventually landing in Tamale,
It’s the rainy season here in
This was my first real experience of corruption at the lower levels of administration – and that it was by the BF border guards rather than the Ghanaian ones interesting. I was met by “Transport Manager” an English speaking gentlemen who ushered me into a vehicle saying that the charge was CEF 4000/ - about US$ 11/- from the border to Ouaga. Too good to be true I thought settling myself in the car. Then came the rider – that we need wait for another nine people to join us, if they ever did. OR, I could pay CEF 35,000/- and be on my way! Faced with the possibility of spending the night in the rain, I eventually agreed, then to see 5000 of the 35,000 handed over to the TM as his commission.
It’s been three days since I’ve left
Ouaga eventually at 3 something in the afternoon. Nine hours in all! The hotel is adequate, central and in close proximity to a high speed internet café. Checked in, a long needed soak in a tub full of hot water and I crawled into bed at 1630, planning on a couple of hours sleep before looking for something to eat.Just as I dosed off, an amazing experience, the sensation of not being alone... I'll leave it at that, for it was an exquisitely intimate moment to savour.
I did wake up, turned over and slept again, eventually coming wide awake at 2am, which is about 730 in
Unable to fall asleep again, I’ve sorted my accounts out, re packed my bags, thrown my laundry out, edited my photographs and typing this before taking another snooze. I think I’ll post this today, carry on later.