June 15, 2006
An Update from Ian
Hi everyone, we have a cool update from Ian, who is floating around Africa doing good deeds.
Hey everybody, we made it. It was a long trip (28 hrs all told) but we're here.
Hm... I think Laura is writing an email rignt now, so some of the might be double.
Well we flew to Milan from Newark with Alitalia. That flight had to set new world records for nastiest airline food and meanest flight attendants (my apologies to any italians reading this email).
Our next flight (also with Alitalia) probably set records for best sleep ever, friendliest flight attendants, and second best airline food. (It was delish, but sorry, nobody will ever beat Qatar air) (PS. good job Italians).
That flight was a little strange though, because we made a surprise stop in Lagos Nigeria. We sat on the runway playing phase 10 for about an hour and a half then continued on. Lagos was awesome by the way, We watched Traffic jams, thousands of camp fires, and a power outage from the air. Very cool, it looked so different from anything in the states, no grid, just a glump of burning orange light.
Well we got to the airport with no Visas, but after a few forms, Letters, and Laura putting the officials in their places, we got our passports stamped.
Customs was funny. They looked at us and said "are you Italian?" "No, American." "Ok, Next week we will score you!" (You see, Ghana plays America in Soccer soon, and that is an issue of utmost importance)
We got out of the airport, into the burning African night and were surrounded by Taxi drivers. "You are my friend, good rates for you, I will help you, I know the city, let me carry your bag, let me help you, I will take care of you, you can trust me." And we were like "Thanks, but we have friends picking us up, we don't need help." So, they picked up our bags anyway. "In case your friends don't come, I am your friend, I will help you..."
Our "Friends" weren't there.
So we waited
And they weren't there
and they still weren't there.
We had no phones, our only currency was 20 dollar bills, and it's rolling on towards midnight. We're surrounded by new friends carrying our bags around, asking us for tips (And of course, eating mom's cookies).
Laura was like "Wait here, I'm going back in."
I was like "OK."
And she was gone. I was chillin on the curb with all my new friends, and
she was gone... And still gone...
I was like "Great, there goes my girl friend, lost in Accra at midnight." So I ate another cookie with Isaac, my new friend.
10 minutes, it was fine
20 minutes, it was long
30 minutes, I was pasing
35 minutes, I was a little worried
45 minutes, I'm going in... wonder what will happen to our bags... wonder what happened to Laura
Then she reappeared.
The first customs person she asked for a pay phone just so happened to be a DTS graduate who had worked for mercy ships. She had a cell phone, she had the numbers for YWAM Ghana, She helped us for 2 hours, untill finally we got a ride. She was probably like the coolest person I've met in a
long long time.
We're in Tema, on a boat, starting work tomorrow.
Peace out Dogs,
Posted by jason on June 15, 2006 09:16 AM
aw i always wished i can do a YWAM trip and i've tried but i just get confused with the process
Btw the US is gonna kick Ghana's butt
but not Italy.... so sadly the match aganist Ghana might not even matter.
Posted by: poncho bleh (soccer rules!) on June 15, 2006 10:05 PM
Nice to know the news from him! :] But where's P' Collin?
Posted by: Aom_rock_magical on June 16, 2006 07:45 AM
Posted by: Collin - band member on June 16, 2006 01:53 PM
Posted by: Aom_rock_magical on June 18, 2006 12:29 AM