Saturday, February 27, 2010

My on-call travel destination: Accra

Sitting here in the hotel room in Accra, Ghana. I went from the Snow storms of NY to this HOTTTTTT weather here with no preparations at all! I was on call but didn't expect to be send over here...I packed no shorts, no t-shirts, only sweatshirts and such...walked out of the airport to our car that was ready to take us to the hotel, got bombarded with the locals asking us if we had chips, sandwiches, candy bars for them. They were also asking if we had brought them any magazines and pens o_o Apparently some of the flight attendants bring them magazines and pens sometimes and I guess they go and sell them. They were also holding dollar bills and asking the pilots to swap those with bigger bills...one of the flight attendants said that the banks here in Ghana will not take their dollar bills, only fives, tens, and up...hm... We get to a stoplight and there is a lady in a wheelchair that waved to us...she came up really close to the car and wouldn't stop waving to us... Someone said that the flight attendants that do this flights alot knows she's always there so they will prepare a bag of the snacks and food that we had from the flight and will give it to her...well we didn't know and we didn't have anything for her...felt so bad b/c she just kept looking up into the car at us and just kept waving...

Ride to the hotel was nothing compared to Lagos...much less stressful...I didn't feel like my life was in danger like I did in Lagos...Hotel lobby, restaurants and pool area was very nice so I was a little relieved...but then step into my room and it looks like motel 6! I have to spend 24 hrs in here?!? I feel like I should not be touching anything in this room...called down to the Front Desk to ask them for a adapter so I can plug in my laptop and actually feel like I'm connected to the world...she said hm...let me send a technician up..."Technician" comes up and said we don't offer adapters, but for $2 I will go down the street to the market and get you one! o_O I gave him $2 anyways b/c I needed my laptop to remain sane...

The other flight attendants are going to the market and asked me to go with them...unfortunately due to my lack of preparations, I have no cash in my wallet...do not feel like using the atm here b/c I am afraid I might have severe consequences, am definitely not going to use my credit card here either...so politely declined...besides, its literally grossly HOT out there, not to mention everyone religiously spraying themselves with DEET before they step out the door! Hot, sweat, agressive locals, AND starving mosquitos? I think I will find the cleanest corner of this room and hide out my 24hrs...When can I go home?

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

:(
sorry to hear about this experience...but cheer up buttercup. its only for 24 hrs.
BTW, be prepared for both hot and cold weather.
xoxo

Clare said...

lol...u're sooo funny...I think that's actually better than one of my friends who packed for an africa trip planning to spend all day at the pool n then got pulled to do Amsterdam when its around 10 degrees outside...he had no jacket n no pants...w/ a short sleeve shirt...luckily he didn't get sick