“Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, `When I grow up I will go there.’ The North Pole was one of these places, I remember. Well, I haven’t been there yet, and shall not try now. The glamour’s off. Other places were scattered about the Equator, and in every sort of latitude all over the two hemispheres. I have been in some of them, and . . . well, we won’t talk about that. But there was one yet–the biggest, the most blank, so to speak– that I had a hankering after.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 1902
My heart may be pounding, literally, for the next few weeks, because I am THAT excited. Africa! This afternoon, I received my February survey assignment. Here are the cities I will be visiting:
- Kigali, Rwanda
- Abuja, Nigeria
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Ibadan, Nigeria
- Accra, Ghana
What an opportunity. By week’s end, I should have my itinerary finalized, so I will post details as they arrive. For now, I know that in Rwanda and Abuja, Nigeria, I will be traveling with and training one of our new surveyors. Should make for an interesting dynamic, but I’m looking forward to it.
Details to come…
[if you have any information about these cities, please don’t hesitate to contact me – always looking for tips on what to do, where to go, etc.]