“You either get the point of Africa or you don’t. What draws me back year after year is that it’s like seeing the world with the lid off.”

It has begun, the big day before the biggest day. My laundry is already being washed as is the quilt from my bed. My list for today has only three to do’s: change bed, pack and take Gracie and Maddie to the vets for nail clipping. That last one sounds strange, I know, but Maddie is tap dancing when she walks and Gracie is sliding on the tile floor.

I’m going to sleep on the couch tonight as the bed will be clean for my house/petsitter. My friend is picking me up at 6:40 tomorrow to drive me to the bus.

I always think how amazing it is to be home one day only to be far away on the next. Everything is different: the culture, the food, the climate and the language. Though English is the national language it has taken on a distinctly Ghanaian vocabulary, and you have to listen well at first to understand the sound of Ghanaian English. My ears are tuned.

It rained earlier, a pouring rain, but strangely, in the middle of the storm, the sun popped out for a few minutes then it disappeared and it started raining again. It has since stopped raining. I now can go get my papers without getting soaked.

I went to Stop and Shop yesterday and was completely lost. I was wishing I had flares. The store has totally changed since last I was there. I stood at the end of every aisle reading the signs hoping to find what I wanted. It took help, but I finally found everything I wanted.

My flight to New York leaves Logan at 11. My flight to Ghana (Delta 420) leaves Kennedy at 5:37. I arrive in Ghana at 8 AM. My flight home (Delta 220) leaves Accra at 9:45 on October 7. The flight from Kennedy to Logan arrives at 8:57.

While I’m in Ghana, I hope to write so you’ll know what’s going on and whether or not the sacred croc ate me instead of the chicken (just kidding-no croc this trip). We’re hoping to stay in a hotel with wifi. If not, I’ll go to the internet cafe. I promise to stay in touch.

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26 Comments on ““You either get the point of Africa or you don’t. What draws me back year after year is that it’s like seeing the world with the lid off.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Vacation Eve, it just doesn’t get any bigger. I always want to just get out of the door and get going. Fortunately your start is early tomorrow and before you know it, you will be half way across the Atlantic trying to sleep or watch a movie or read or have another glass of wine

    Your comment about the sacred croc pool was completely inappropriate, I thought we had a very clear understanding that you were skipping it.

    Have the most wonderful of visits – try to share narrative and pictures. We will miss you but in doing so we know what you are doing what brings you joy

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No, it doesn’t get any bigger! With friends, the time will seem ever shorter. I have company, someone to talk to.

      Last time, I slept about 5 hours so I’m hoping for the same. I remember waking up over the Alps, a wonderful view from the plane.

      I put in the croc comment just for you!

      I’ll take lots of pictures. I always do. I want to share Ghana with you all. It is a wonder!

      • Hedley Says:

        As I take Maggie out tomorrow morning, I will think of you on the bus to Logan and cheering you on. Come on You Ghana

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        The bus ride always seems endless. I will have my papers to give me something to do. I’m down to packing from my very long list!

  2. greg washington Says:

  3. greg washington Says:

    the other day you referred to this trip as “going home”…thanks for inviting us along!

    • katry Says:

      greg,
      Nothing makes me happier than sharing Ghana. I want you to love it as I do.

      When I was there, I knew I’d never forget Ghana and its people, so warm and so generous, but I didn’t realize how the feeling of being home in Ghana would carry through the whole of my life.

  4. sprite Says:

    Kat, I wish you uncomplicated travel and lots of enjoyable time with old friends making new memories. I look forward to hearing about your experiences during your trip or upon your return. Bon voyage!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite,
      I am so looking forward to making new memories and am excited to be traveling with my friends for the first time since 1971.

  5. olof1 Says:

    This would be the day I wouldn’t fall asleep at all but suddenly the next morning I would be totally calm. That is until I came to the airport because then I would be so stressed that I wouldn’t find the righ plane 🙂 I’m like that all the time and won’t calm down until the plane lifts 🙂

    Why do the reoprgianze tghe stores like that??? I really dislike it because one can’t find a thing and it takes forever to do what normally would take as most ten minutes. When one finally has learned where everything is they change it again!

    I know I don’t have to wish You a fun trip because I know You will have fun 🙂 I’ll do it anyway:-) Time will fly away ut I hope You’ll be able to do all what You want to before You go home again!

    Have a great trip!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I am exactly the same way. I feel a bit frenzied even though things are well in hand. Packing and watering plants is all I have left to do.

      That store could have been reorganized a few years ago as I haven’t been there. I have my groceries delivered.

      Thanks! It is always good to have wishes for a fun trip. I am looking forward to my town and to the game park.

      I’ll try to keep in touch!

  6. Birgit Says:

    Joni’s Carey popped up in my head “The wind is in from Africa, Last night I couldn’t sleep …”. ..
    Good luck, good flight and have a great time!


  7. For my birthday last week I was given a fantastic gift: A complete Ghanaian meal prepared by African chefs. While eating, I was reminded repeatedly of your impending trip. I hope you have a terrific stay and will look forward to your account of the experience.

    • katry Says:

      countreeshard,
      I would be totally jealous about your Ghanaian meal if I weren’t going there. Already I’m thinking about kelewele, the ultilmate plantain dish, joloff rice and fufu.

      Thanks on the trip well wishes! I am so excited!

  8. minicapt Says:

    … are you there yet … are you there yet???

    Cheers

  9. Coleen Says:

    And now I AM waving goodbye! Wave a little when you get to Kennedy…you are a little under a hour away from me then…

    Godspeed and have a GREAT trip!

    Waving (vigorously),

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I will wave with great ferocity! You will feel the breeze.

      Thank you! I am so excited about leaving tomorrow!

      Also waving!!

  10. Bob Says:

    Have a safe and wonderful trip.

    Today summer returned with a high temperature of 100 degrees with humidity. The prognosticators are forecasting warm temperatures until the weekend when a cold front will bring rain and cooler weather.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m on my way. Next stop South Station then Logan. I’m so excited to see my friends then Ghana.

      Too damn hot!

  11. Hedley Says:

    In Kat’s absence, this will cheer everybody up – Lennie’s 81st birthday and a new tune to enjoy – You are welcome

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, not available in my country because it “contains music…”. [No jokes about Lenny and music!] I just found a karaoke version without Lenny. Lenny without Lenny is somehow ridiculous. Isn’t he 82 now?
      Btw, British Folk music evening on Friday, we are going to see Fotheringay. It’s in the middle of nowhere and we still don’t know how to come home in the night but who can resist when British legends are touring.
      Just waiting for the first episode with the 12th Doctor Who on TV… Yup, we’re late with the doctors, that’s German TV.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – You are right – 82. Do try to find it, it sounds like Lenny’s “Blackstar”

        Fotheringay ??? That was a very brief Sandy Denny blip on the radar and I can hardly imagine what you are going to see tomorrow night

        Talking of legends, Mrs MDH and I are heading to the Fox, a week from tomorrow to see Brian Wilson and his Pet Sounds tour.. I am going with very low expectations and spent very little on the seats. Still it will be fun to see how they handle the material

        I don’t do the Doctor – right now I am catching up with Murder in Paradise Series 4 on Netflix


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