Wednesday 5 July 2006

African Drums: a fortnight in Ghana

Just a short one... 12 days in West Africa. I was last in Ghana a couple of years ago. As soon as I quit my job, I thought it would be great to spend some of my BA Miles, earned largely from travelling for work... that one-way upgrade to FIRST (seat 1A) on my way back from Bangalore last time really helped. Two objectives: to catch up with my brother, who in June visited London while I was in Jujuy and Salta provinces, NW Argentina; and to take some photos, especially of the fishing boats and food sellers, that had so struck me last time.

Unfortunately, it looks like Will can’t take any time off. In fact, he’s travelling back to London for 48 hours, leaving me in his house in Accra at the end of this week.

So here I am at 35,000ft. British Airways has redeemed itself by giving me a free upgrade to World Traveller Plus, which gives me a bigger seat, much more leg room and noone sitting next to me. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in the next 10 days, 10 weeks, 10 months or 10 years. It’s very exciting. Unlike the people around me, I’ve been very comfortable and relaxed about the lack of clarity over what comes next. Will IMD offer me a place? Will INSEAD give me a place in Fontainebleau, rather than Singapore? Should I accept the offer from LBS, close to home?

So, later, I’m back in Accra and have dinner and a couple of drinks at Ryan’s Irish Pub. Ostrich fillet. I guess it’s imported from South Africa rather than local. One of Will’s friends comes round to join us later. Jane, from Washington DC, currently working with disabled children, about to go to the UK to do a PhD at Sussex Uni.

Tomorrow, Will goes to work and I plan to walk about Accra.