The trip home was long beginning with an hour’s delay on the tarmac at Kotoka International Airport in Accra while burly baggage boys searched for a suitcase which should not have been on the plane. The captain stated that a passenger was taken off and the search for his luggage resulted in the delay. Thankfully it was neither Greg nor me!
As we sat with seat belt fastened I could hear rumblings from the cargo deck below the cabin and imagined things down there being thrown, stepped on and vigorously attacked. Unfortunate evidence of the rough treatment surfaced at JFK while going through customs and immigration. One of Doug’s bags was creating an odorous puddle on the floor next to carousel #4 of terminal 4. The unmistakable odor was beer—all but one of his four bottles was unbroken!
With a head wind of over 100 mph the trip westward across the Atlantic takes two hours and then some longer, making the trip about 11 hours and 20 minutes in duration. Even a refill of the wine glass didn’t make it seems shorter. The good news was that the last leg of the flight from JFK, New York to MSP, Minneapolis St. Paul went quickly and we landed a half hour early.
There is a lot to think about, plan, create and generally mull over. Greg and Doug need to debrief and consider just how much time and energy we wish to expend for the cause, as it could easily become a full time job with no pay other than the satisfaction of helping students in Ghana keep up with the times. E-quip Africa’s board of directors needs to meet to brainstorm, devise and advise. If people on both sides of the pond are willing to put forth the effort, then things will happen and changes will be made that best address needs in Ghana and needs in Willmar.
Where’s the container you ask? More on that in the next blog entry.