“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

Gee, what a surprise! It is raining yet again. I’m thinking we now have an official rainy season. I always looked forward to the return of the rain when I was in Ghana. The difference here is it’s still cold. It never got cold in Ghana.

My wash has made it to the cellar. it is getting closer to the washing machine, but there is no urgency in washing my clothes so I just leave the laundry sitting in the basket. Should I start running out of underwear, I’ll have to break down and do the laundry.

When I traveled in Africa, I always packed toilet paper. Most public toilets had holes in the floor and no toilet paper. I was an expert at aiming and finding the hole, a strange talent and not one I advertise. When I traveled with my parents, I always packed a cribbage board and playing cards. My father and I played just about every night. My mother did her crossword puzzles. My mother always packed snacks like crackers and cheese. We’d eat them at night during our marathon cribbage tournaments. When I traveled with friends in Europe, I backpacked. I’d always include a few first aid items, especially bandaids. I’d also pack a couple of books. They were easily traded items at hostels. In Ghana, besides toilet paper, I packed a book for the long bus rides and clothes, always dresses as that was what social convention demanded I wear.

On my recent visits to Ghana, I still packed anti-malarial pills and antidiarrheal pills. They are still a necessity. I also packed my iPad filled with books. My clothes this time were mostly pants and shirts. I did pack one dress just in case I needed it. I didn’t. My friend Peg packed coffee bags and Nutella. She shared each. I packed Oreos and a few other snacks. I packed toilet paper, a habit hard to break, and you never know when it might just be needed. It usually is.

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8 Comments on ““Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.””

  1. William Sandford Says:

    The photo shows “sanitary toilets”. It makes me wonder…..
    Sunny here but windy and getting colder.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I would distrust this sign but if I needed it, I’d use it regardless. I have used worse, and I figure so have you though you have an advantage. You can aim.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    One of my coworkers carries an emergency first aid kit when he flew internationally for United Airlines and even when traveling internationally now. It containes an array of various prescription antibiotics which he buys from Chinese internet pharmacies without a prescription. Also, he carries DMSO which he says cures everything from a sore muscles topically to drinking the stuff for heart health. BTW it’s not approved for human consumption and when he drinks it his body emits a terrible odor similar to rotten eggs. I think he also carries band aids but no toilet paper. He also only eats at McDonalds when overseas because he is sure that the food is sanitary. 🙁

    Today I awoke to 25 degree temperature which felt good compared to the 80 degrees a couple of days ago. These wild swings in the weather are the result of global warming or maybe the hot air from Trumps mouth on Tuesday night in his State of the Union message. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I think your coworker has gone overboard. He doesn’t trust the restaurants, but he does trust Chinese internet pharmacies. In Ghana I can buy some stuff in a pharmacy without a prescription including valium. I don’t carry antibiotics and haven’t been sorry I don’t. I find the description of his odor disgusting, and, if I worked with him, I’d complain to the powers that be. I haven’t ever eaten at a McDonald’s overseas. I might if I went to India as there is no beef served or other countries which serve strange dishes.

      It is warmer today and will be warm tomorrow. The weather here also jumps all over the place. The rain seems the only constant.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Yes, my coworker has stopped drinking DSMO at work because his clients complained. And we all know he’s nuts. He also believes in taking high dosages of benedryl to reduce inflammation which thinks is the cause of all illnesses. When he was laid off from United he applied to medical school but was not accepted. Maybe they found out he’s nuts.

      • katry Says:

        The last thing anyone would want is a crazy doctor with a prescription pad writing his own scripts.

  3. lilydark Says:

    I agree with your last comment. Take Care, Sleepy Lori and her pals

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I hope you slept well and long! I haven’t yet met a crazy doctor, but I’m sure they’re around.


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