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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:23 pm

This report is part 2 of my African adventure, the return home but first a few pics from my trip:

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Parent’s neighborhood (Airport East)

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Sunset

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Jamestown lighthouse

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New US embassy

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City in the horizon

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Parliament


Me, in true vacation mode


b]Route:[/b] Accra Kotoka- Frankfurt Main via Lagos
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight Number: LH565
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Registration: D-AIGA
Seat: 34A (Economy)
Date: Sunday August 19th, 2007


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Just 5 days after my arrival in Ghana, I was already saying my final goodbyes, re-packed (with fewer clothes but more souvenirs), and headed to the airport for the trip back. My dad dropped me of at the airport around 16:30. As with the arrival, the departure formalities at Kotoka was (to sum it up in one word) unpredictable. With the never-ending construction coupled with the random people at the airport, I didn’t know what to expect.

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ACC tower building


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Terminal


As Lufthansa is the first of the major European carriers to leave (departure time of 19:00), the airport was not yet crowded when checking in. There was only an Emirates flight to Dubai and some other shorter intercontinental flights. Before the queue for the check-in, there was a Lufthansa agent who checked passports and tickets (receipt if traveling on an e-ticket). I was greeted with a, “hello amigo” I smiled and responded, “hola muchacho, que tal?” He looked puzzled so I said “Hey, you started it” Nonetheless he checked my passport and receipt and told me to proceed to check in. There was no one in the queue so I walked right up to the agent who checked me in promptly with windows seats for both legs and finished, with a “have a nice flight.” I still had some local currency with me and so I went back outside the airport and had a drink at a Chinese restaurant/bar located on the airport premises and filled out my departure immigration form. An hour later I headed back inside and went upstairs to clear immigration and go to the departure gate.


I love the 3rd world feel of the airport, essentially the departure area consisted of 2 wings (they refer to them as gates, but they are really wings). The airport board flights 1 at a time from each wing so departing passengers are forced to wait outside the wing in the duty free shop area until the actual boarding process begins for their respective flight.

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Seating area outside the duty free shop

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Flat screen TV’s, a nice addition to the airport

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Seating area


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Advert for those would-be traffickers

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Another advert

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And another one

Drug trafficking is a serious problem at the airport (and main harbor port to the east of the city for that matter). It is a common occurrence to hear news about passengers being caught with cocaine on their person or swallowing drug pellets.

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Corridor leading towards Gate 1

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Entry area into Gate 1, Airport staff along with Emirates staff to the left


The departure wings basically protrude into the ramp areas, and the windows were open so I got an up close feel to the action of the ramp.

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More flat TV’s and the area is newly carpeted, I think it benefits the airport staff more as they intensely sit and watch

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Open windows with views of the ramp

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Emirates taxiing out for departure

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Ethiopian, Jordanian Airlines, and GIA

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Virgin Nigeria

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Airport staff in brown

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PH-KCB just arrived from AMS

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LH flight deck and cabin crew heading for the plane


Boarding began a little before 18:30. From the gate (departure wing) you walk down a flight a step and board a bus for a less than 10 sec hop to the aircraft (again it would’ve been faster to walk)

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On the bus waiting

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Finally moving

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Last one off the bus waiting to board

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D-AIGA, what can I say, I love tail

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Welcome aboard

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So Spacious   



There were less than 40 passengers who boarded the flight (most of the passengers got on at Lagos) so the process was pretty quick. By the time we were ready to taxi out to Rwy 21, night had fallen in Accra.

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View of the arrival hall

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These days at ACC no two tails are ever the same

We taxied out to Rwy 21 and took off heading directly south towards the Atlantic ocean and once we were along the coastline turned left towards the east for the 47 minute hop to Lagos. Limited drink service (non-alcoholic) was offered through the cabin.


We landed in Lagos around 21:00 and stayed for about an hour.

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A BA 744 preparing for the flight back to LHR

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First time I’ve noticed designated handicap seating on a plane


I didn’t have a seatmate for the hop to Accra, but was pretty certain that would change once passengers boarded in Lagos. In no time my seatmate took the aisle seat next to me. I said hello and he replied, “looks like I stuck with you for the next couple of hours” I just nodded and went back to reading my book (more about him later).


After everyone was situated and we were ready for departure, we taxied out to Rwy 19R. Interestingly, the safety video was started late into the taxi, so as we went airborne it played for another few minutes, that was a first!

About an hour into the flight, meal service began with a choice of chicken with pasta or beef and rice. I chose the beef and rice.

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Amazing plane food!


Now I usually don’t go for airline food, I even had some cream crackers with me that I had enjoyed during the flight to Lagos but something came over me and I actually decided to taste it and ended up eating the entire meal save the roll, pasta salad, and desert. My hats went off to Lufthansa and First Catering in Accra for this excellent meal. It tasted so good, it was an African style beef combined with spinach with a hint of curry and other spices that provided the perfect amount of heat on the palette. The rice was not undercooked or overcooked, absolute perfection.

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A Thing look-a-like encroached my area

Soon after meal service (service was very slow as the trays sat at the seat for 45 minutes after I was finished eating before being collected, and I am a slow eater), the guy in front me decided to recline his seat and stretch his hand back over the seat. I was seriously contemplating holding on to my knife just it case it decided to attack…LOL


Not too long afterwards my seatmate started to snore but this was not just a typical snoring this was the: I sleep with my mouth open so I release my swamp breath into the air and snore too. Looks like I was the one who “lucked” out being stuck next to him. I essentially covered my nose and mouth and read for the rest of the flight.   

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Various lavatory signages


About 90 minutes before landing in Frankfurt breakfast was served:

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A spinach croissant, fruit cup and OJ


We landed on 25R and taxied to a gate in concourse A. Getting into the terminal took a while as there was a queue departing the plane on the jet way because immigration checked passports and depending on nationality asked questions , checked visas, and/or requested to see proof of an onward connection. As I neared towards the immigration officials, one of them caught a glimpse of my passport and waved me right through.

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The queue in the jet way




b]Route:[/b] Frankfurt Main- Washington Dulles
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight Number: LH416
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Registration: D-AIFB
Seat: 39A (Assigned) 37A (Actual) (Economy)
Date: Monday August 20th, 2007


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I had about 4 hours to kill so I decided to walk around the concourse a bit before heading over to concourse B where my connecting flight to Washington Dulles departed

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Concourse A

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Just say no to fast food

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Gotta love Europe and their love for smoking

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Mechanical information board


I purchased some stuff from the duty free shop (chocolates and liquor) and walked around a little bit before making my way to the train.

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Going up

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Waiting for the train


When I arrived at concourse B, for whatever reason the stairs/escalator leading down to the concourse had been closed off so the only other option was to use the single elevator that everybody was trying to get on. It took at while, with people coming and going from/to the concourse but at this point the jet lag was starting to kick in so I really didn’t care, all I wanted was a cappuccino. After finishing my breakfast at a café I went to the gate where the flight would depart and it was pretty empty and quiet so I pulled out my book and read. About 50 minutes later I was approached by an airport staff member who said that they were clearing the entire area of the concourse where the gates were (doing a sweep of passengers) and that all passengers would have to go back out and go through security. I gathered my belongings and headed back the way I came only to find a long line of people waiting to go through security and re-enter the gate area.

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Waiting in a long line to re-enter the gate area through security

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Gate A62 area

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D-AIGC in the Star Alliance livery

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Tails galore

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D-AIFB, my ride to IAD

Boarding began at 09:30 for a 09:55 departure. I made my way to my seat 39A (one of the last to board) only to find someone I recognize sitting in 39B. I put my backpack up in the overhead bin and excused myself to get by her and took a seat. Soon afterwards, she asked if I speak English I say yes and she explains that flying made her nervous and wanted to know if I would mind switching seats with her cousin who was sitting in 37A. I told her it was no problem and as I was gathering my stuff I said, ‘I think I recognize you…..you went to Parkland, no? (my middle school)’ she says oh my gosh yes and then asked what my name was and I told her…..long story short we went to school together and played in the same band. She was traveling from Greece with her family. We chatted a bit throughout the flight. As I settled in my new seat, I took a pic of the outside and this is what I saw:

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D-AIGA! Guess where it’s heading???

We began our pushback around 10:15 (20 minutes late) and taxied behind an AC 777 heading back to Toronto (my second home that I miss a lot ).

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C-FITU

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The AC livery has really grown on me, I likes


As we approached 25R the 777 taxied into the holding bay and we entered the runway and took off before them.

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To the sky!

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View of FRA

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Contrail formation as a result of a wingtip vortex

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Flying high in the friendly sky

As it was 04:15 EST, I wanted to get as much shuteye as possible so this flight was pretty uneventful and the meal service was the exact same as the FRA-ACC leg. 2 out of 4 is not bad considering the last time I went to Ghana I flew with BA and 3 out of the 4 legs had the same meals.

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Drink service

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Deja vu

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Approaching IAD from the south

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Just over the threshold

We touched downed shortly before 13:00 (15 minutes behind schedule) on 1L and taxied to concourse B.

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Taxiing to the gate

I was one of the last people off the plane as I decided to wait to get my carry-on a few rows back. Biggest setback ever because I ended up boarding the mobile lounge with the flight crew and that put me at the back of the line at immigration in the main terminal. Even though there was only other flight in immigration(AF28 from CDG) It took an hour and a half just to get through immigration as most of the time there was only 1 agent processing U.S. citizen arrivals…. utterly unbelievable. By the time I reached baggage claim, the few remaining bags had been off-loaded from the carousel and I just picked and went, something I have never done before in all my years of traveling. I am the one usually waiting for my bags, not the other way around.

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Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:11 pm

Very interesting report. Nice pictures. Ghana looks like fun.
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Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:11 pm

Thanks for your trip report!

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
D-AIGA! Guess where it’s heading???

LH 444, Atlanta.
 
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Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:47 pm

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
there was only 1 agent processing U.S. citizen arrivals…. utterly unbelievable.

Fantastic report of a truly exotic airport, as far as my travels have taken me!

Indeed, IAD is a disgrace when you combine 2 or 3 flights in the arrivals lounge and just one or two immigration officers! And if you think we US citizens have it bad, oftentimes those on the non US passport/non resident line can be there standing in line twice as long, if only because their formalities are a bit more time consuming... finger prints, photography, etc... Imagine being on a plane/s for 20 hours and then 2 hours in line for passport control... Welcome to the USA!

To avoid this, and provided you have a choice of arrival times into IAD, one must time the flight arrival from, either very early, (say 6 AM to noon - only works if you are coming from South America, or South Africa, Japan on ANA or London on UA...) or after 6 PM (London, FRA, the last CDG on AF, and Panama on COPA and some other TACA flights, I think...) The rest? Happy queuing!
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:09 am

The food on LH is pretty good. Thanks for the pictures of Ghana. Do you have to stay on the plane in Lagos or do they let you out?
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:51 am

This was a great trip report. Among other great things, the pictures gave a global feel to the report as one could compare and contrast various features of ACC, FRA and IAD. Ghana seems a very interesting place too. Above all, it shows what a small world it is when in FRA you can run into a friend flying to IAD. Thaty sort of coincidence always adds a special element to the flight.

LH seems to be a great airline, I am tempted to fly with them sometime. It is too bad they do not do Caribbean routes.

Thanks again GQ.
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:05 am

Tks for the report!
Nice to see some shots from Ghana.
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:29 am

Nice TR, enjoyed it a lot thanks! Oh and nice shades  Smile
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:19 am

Quoting DABVF (Reply 2):
LH 444, Atlanta

DABVF you got me!!! I was sure someone would reply ACC

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
Do you have to stay on the plane in Lagos or do they let you out?

They advise passengers who's final destination is not Lagos to stay on board when traveling to ACC from FRA. I dont think they have rights for ACC-LOS so no passengers deplane when flying to FRA.




Flightmax, Bofredrik, Trintocan, & Hummingbird thanks for the kind remarks


DCAjet I definetly agree, even though there were 4 agents for non-U.S. citizen processing their queue was much longer and slower, I felt bad for them. I've landed in IAD from overseas trips during the evening rush with BA, KL,& AZ in the past and it was never as bad as it was landing in the early afternoon which was surprising to me
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:39 am

Ayeko... Good to see pictures of back home Smile Looks like more ACC TR are being posted Smile
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:19 am

Again,

Great report. I always wanted to go to Africa. I hope I can go one day. You mentioned Toronto was your 2nd home. Did you live there before? By the way, I love AC's new colors.

again... great report, great discription and great photos.


Cheers,

Vio
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Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:00 pm

Nice pictures and TR . Loved the photos of Ghana.


Thanks

OA260
 
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Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:31 am

Very interesting and detailed report and lots of nice pictures. I particularly liked your pictures of Accra Airport and your non-aviation pics of Ghana - really interesting.

LH-meals look good - I haven't been on LH long-haul for years.

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Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:39 pm

Quoting Soups (Reply 9):
Ayeko... Good to see pictures of back home

Soups!!! it took me awhile to figure out the ayeko but now I get it... LOL. Although I can understand it perfectly when someone is speaking, reading it phonetically and me speaking Ga hmmm....ayeh awuntoh feyo (if you get my drift) HA! Ghana is great

Quoting Vio (Reply 10):
You mentioned Toronto was your 2nd home. Did you live there before?

I completed my undergraduate degree at York University...those were the best 4 years of my life thanks in large part to all Toronto has to offer!

OA260 & Contact Air, glad you enjoyed it!

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Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:55 pm

Another great report GQ. Is that type of "barbed" wire common in the better areas of the city? I think that is more common around jails here in the US. Man Virgin is really trying to conquor the world. I never knew they had an operation in Africa also.

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
D-AIGA, what can I say, I love tail

Uhh more than just airplane kind I imagine  Wink
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
 
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Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:28 pm

Once again I enjoyed reading your trip report. The pictures were excellent.
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Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:36 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
Is that type of "barbed" wire common in the better areas of the city?

You're absolutely right, barbed wire is more common in the affluent homes/areas, also common are iron grids place in front of windows on the inside of houses to keep would-be thieves out. in the poorer areas, you will find broken beer bottles cemented into the concrete walls as opposed to wire.

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
Uhh more than just airplane kind I imagine

But of course!


Gerald
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:03 pm

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
Mechanical information board

Oh Hey I like the pic of that information board. I miss seeing them especially the huge one they had at the AA concourse in DFW. It was always changing every few seconds during busy times and I really enjoyed watching the letters and numbers change. It doesn't take much to make me happy. Big grin
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
 
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Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:02 am

Pics are messed up for me, shame seem like an interesting trip.
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Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:19 pm

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 18):
Pics are messed up for me, shame seem like an interesting trip

Alessandro, they should be working now

Cheers

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Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:53 am

What a brilliant trip report and a wonderful country Ghana is too. Having operated flights to ACC many times I miss going there as my Company now flies the 767 there and we dont all hold licenses for it (the 767 that is). You have written a great report and I really enjoyed the pictures. Hope we shall get to see more African trips from all A.netters.
 
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:43 am

GQ, thanks for fixing it, works now.
BTW do you remember what height you where flying when you photographed the winglet contrail, really cool pic.

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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:46 pm

Thanks Aussiestu, glad you enjoyed it!...Company now flies the 767 to ACC ...hmm I going to guess AZ LOL but it could be BA even though they have been flying the 767 to ACC longer than AZ  Cool

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 21):
do you remember what height you where flying when you photographed the winglet contrail, really cool pic.

Sorry, I don't recall the exact altitude but it was definetly below 10,000 feet as I took that pic soon after takeoff and we had leveled off a bit during our climb and the flight deck had not yet chimed the cabin crew
 
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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:15 pm

Really great TR.

The pics are fantastic.

Thank you for sharing.

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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:24 pm

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
“looks like I stuck with you for the next couple of hours”

Great start to the relationship i must say!  Wink

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
so I pulled out my book and read.

What book was it?

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
I came only to find a long line of people waiting to go through security and re-enter the gate area.

WTF??? Did I understand you correctly and they swept you out of the gate area and back into a queue to go back into the same gate area?????

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
Contrail formation as a result of a wingtip vortex

Silly man...thats a CHEM trail...for poisoning the lower orders so that the illuminati can turn the US into a hunting and shooting park for aliens  Wink Google "chemtrails" if you don't believe me!!

Quoting GQ (Thread starter):
It took an hour and a half just to get through immigration

Getting through immigration at AKL is usually 30-40 mins from de-planing to the car-park.....there would be hell to pay if it took that long!!

Great TR, the pics bring back memories of my time in Africa (The Gambia)
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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:44 am

Thanks B747Forever

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 24):
What book was it?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (his debut)....im currently half way through his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.... A phenomenal author to say the least

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 24):
Did I understand you correctly...

Right you are, the entire A concourse (gates 31-65) was cleared by security forcing everyone to have to backtrack and re-enter after a security screening, wasn't pretty

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 24):
a CHEM trail...for poisoning the lower orders so that the illuminati can turn the US into a hunting and shooting park for aliens

LOL....sounds like wikipedia at its best, for more laughs type in "horse meat" in wiki and see what comes up (don't even have to read pass the first sentence!)
 
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My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:53 pm

Quoting GQ (Reply 25):
LOL....sounds like wikipedia at its best, for more laughs type in "horse meat" in wiki and see what comes up (don't even have to read pass the first sentence!)

What concerns me is why you wiki'd Horse meat in the first place??  Smile  Smile
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RE: My African Adventure (Ghana) (Part 2 W/Pics)

Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:34 pm

LOL, the entry for "horse meat" was brought to my attention by a very good friend of mine. I don't know how he came across it, but we have an ongoing banter about wikipedia and the stuff it contains (if you're into the US version of the television show "The Office," you'd get my drift)

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