Perhaps this is the biggest change of all, certainly for our family.
After over four very busy years here in Ghana we have made the, strangely both difficult and easy, decision to return to the UK.
Difficult because there are great things about being here and easy because it’s also jolly tough.
I’m not sure those who haven’t experienced it can understand how intense it can all be, and compound that by doing everything in the heat and humidity you get here and I’m sometimes surprised that we have survived both as a couple and as a family.
But not straight back into the 9-5 life for us just yet! No, we are off on a ‘tour’ of the UK for a few months in a motorhome/converted bus that we bought (blind) on ebay!
Living here has never been 9-5. More like 5-9. It is constant and never dull. Having said that I’m not sure I’ll miss no water, no light, escaped animals, kids on top of cars, leaking roofs, people walking through my house uninvited, etc.
But I will miss impromptu gatherings, African storms, stargazing at Stumble, sitting around the fire sipping a cold drink with someone playing the guitar, little shops on every street corner/block selling all that you really need, taking the kids with us everywhere, greeting everyone you walk past and the amazing sense of community.
Perhaps living in a motorhome for a bit will be a gentle introduction into being back, as we’ll still have limited water & electricity and we can do lots of stargazing, but we’ll go from what seems like a huge spacious house here to a tiny space to live in thereby making any house in the UK seem larger when we finally move in!
And when is this taking place you may well ask!? Two weeks today! It’s been booked for a couple of months, I’ve just not got around to writing about it. So we’ve not long to pack in as much as possible, both into our time here and into our bags. Already we are in a social whirl (I guess not that much different to normal!). Every night something seems to be happening!
Once back I will still be writing about our time here in Ghana so don’t abandon me just yet as I still have lots to tell! And of course I’ll be writing all about our adventure around the UK on our bus.
Exciting times ahead.