Yesterday while most of you were tucking into your roast potatoes I flew across to West Africa, specifically Lagos, Nigeria. I was questioned on the plane by a rather large Nigerian woman who turned in her seat and shook my arm. “why are you going to Nigeria, we do not see many of you in Nigeria (white women)” I told her I was working there… I could see her mind ticking while she thought, “ohhhh you must have a Nigerian boyfriend then?” I think I said No No NO I have a British boyfriend thank you a bit too fast and strong for her and she gave me a smile and moved away like she didn’t believe me…
The first time I travelled to Lagos, Nigeria the luggage belt broke, I waited 2 hours in 40 degrees heat after a 7 hour flight in the middle of the night for my bag and then had to fight through many angry Nigerians to get my bag, that was 2 years ago. I made a promise to myself from that point onwards – NEVER PUT ANYTHING IN CARGO EVER AGAIN… I will always carry hand luggage which consists of my camera rucksack
and a mini cabin size suitcase. The question I always get asked is “how do you go away for 2 weeks with just that bag?” the answer is simple, the art of packing light! I pack for 3 days of work and 2 days of casual and 1 set of gym gear as well as swim stuff, I week off undies gets stuffed into trainers and I roll all clothes very small. I take a pot of travel hand wash and I rewash EVERYTHING. And that is how I do it – Simples.
Today was my first day of 5 days of risk assessment training; I meet a great bunch of service engineers who were fantastic debaters. The one thing I love about training In Nigeria is that Nigerians get very involved, they want to soak up every bit of knowledge and they are extremely clever people. Tomorrow I have a new group.
Tonight I have been very committed and have done 30 minutes of fit camp in my room off for a shower in the lush brown water mmmmm 😊
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