I got back late Sunday night from a great weekend in northern Minnesota at Eric and Jessa’s wedding. It was on Lake Superior about two hours north of Duluth and was such a blast from start to finish!
Eric & me
I sure am glad that I had the past few days to play catch up, finish shopping and spend some time with my parents (PS-Mom, you were a lifesaver yesterday…thanks so much for taking me toiletry shopping in the burbs and for the fabulous dinner!). The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind and I can’t believe that I’m leaving for Ghana tomorrow! There are so many reasons why I am excited.
Reason #1, my flight is so easy compared to last time I went to Ghana thanks to a brand new flight service that literally started last week. United Airlines just began flying direct into Accra from D.C. which means no layover in Heathrow or Schipol. I only have a 1 hour connection time between my Chicago flight to my D.C. flight which is so much nicer than a 5 hour layover in Europe. I leave Chicago tomorrow at 6:18 pm which is 11:18am Ghana time (they are ahead of us by 5 hours), plan on getting a good and despite the time change a somewhat normal night of sleep in the air and will arrive in Ghana at noon (Ghana time) on Friday. Piece of cake!
Reason #2 that I’m super excited… The evening I arrive, Ghana will be playing Uruguay in the World Cup! Talk about a welcoming party! I hope everyone can ditch work and tune in. The game starts at 1:30 Central time which is 6:30 in Ghana. I’ve been cheering on Ghana since the Cup started (and I may or may not have been rooting for them on Saturday). My good friend Kate bought me the official red, green and yellow FIFA jersey a few weeks ago, which I plan to wear on the plane and throughout the evening. I hear it’s quite an experience to watch two national soccer teams play in Africa so multiply that by a World Cup game and I’m pretty sure it will put any of our sports celebrations to shame. TBD. My friend Rahman plans to meet me at the airport and then we will take a taxi to the hotel I am staying at on Friday and Saturday night (conveniently located above one of the few sports bars in Accra), check in and go buy a cell phone. Apparently it is much easier to deal with cell phone plans in Ghana. According to Rahman, you simply buy a phone for $80-100 USD and pay as you go, no contracts so I will be available by phone, can make international calls for much cheaper than we can here in the states, and I will also be able to text. Yay!
Reason #3 that I’m excited is because my friends and parents are all coming over tonight for a BBQ/Gone to Ghana party, which should be fun. In the meantime, I really need to go pack!
I decided to take a before and after shot of what I’m packing so here is the before shot: