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What an ordeal I had to go through to spend a weekend in Tamale! On Friday I finished my work in the village by mid-morning, hoping I would be picked up by a friend who was supposed to be passing by the place before lunch. As it happens so often here, I waited and waited without any sign of that friend coming or of any news about his whereabouts. Sent a couple of messages but no response, finally called around lunchtime when he said I should wait for him and that he'd be coming shortly. I had my lunch in the village, and continued with my wait. I was reading Dostoevsky's The Gambler and had a couple of dozen pages left, which I finished not so long afterwards, but still no sign of my friend! Around 3pm I received a text message from him telling me he'd be setting off in one hour and should be there shortly afterwards. I decided to wait another hour and half (this was a big mistake as I later found out!). I waited for another couple of hours and he didn't come. At around 5:30, I received a final text in which he said his company doesn't allow him to use company vehicle after 6pm so can't return to Tamale! I was just too tired and sick of waiting to even be angry with him. I just told myself I'll get to Tamale that evening no matter what, and so waited for a local mini-bus or tro-tro.

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This wouldn't even tro-tro 🙂: A relic from the past in Gbimsi.
...continue reading "Weekend in Tamale…"

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Time: Practically Sunday night, Technically Monday morning - 01:15 hrs (GMT)
Location: Tamale
State of Mind: Unknown
Playing in Background: Andrea Bocelli (Vivere - The Best of Andrea Bocelli)
Reason for Staying Awake: Got 2 hours of good sleep earlier before being woken up by some noise outside the house (party people returning from the club it seems!)
Reason for not being able to go back to sleep: Unknown
Current activity (other than typing): Observing two (very quick) spiders running around the entire length and breadth of the room - worried they might climb on to the bed...worry unfounded so far!
Inspiration for this entry: Mr Witt's comment on the previous post, which I just saw on my mailbox (checked on mobile phone, yea I know I'm a tech-savvy person! And I can already feel some people thinking "what a "mapain" this fella is!?!" 🙂 )
Time since last post: 1 month +
Anything special about this Sunday?: None except that today was the day for my anti-malarial, which I took in timely manner with food in the morning! Oh, no side effects for me as far as I can tell. This staying-up-late has nothing to do with medicine I'm sure (well, I hope!).
In Short: I'm alive and doing well!! 🙂
...continue reading "as time <del>goes</del>flies by"