Book 2, Chapter 5
JB takes off.
We agree to tee up again before Nigeria - neither of us want to be solo for that shit - and he's gone.
Probably for the best.
He's been bloody good to me, which is more than I deserve; he's left me one of his cameras (I've been camera-less since the Dakar robbery), a water bladder, and some very handy waterproof bags.
I wonder if I've been nothing but a drag... A companion, and that's it. Where he has brought me so much, I feel I've given nothing in return.
I go and pick up my passport from the Liberian embassy with no dramas.
I head straight from there to the Ghana Consulate and talk the talk. Using nothing but wit and charm I manage to get a meeting with the lady who is one rung below the top brass. I apply for the visa through her.
This is gonna work.
You little beauty...
The markets are crazy. The food is fantastic; delicious green goo, some mystery meat and a bowl of rice. I’m loving being amongst it all.
I laugh my arse off at a random lady carrying a pineapple on her head. I swear, give an African woman a backpack to carry and she'll stick it on her head...
I go to buy some water to wash it all down, and the lady I'm buying it off smiles at my money and says “no no, this is free for my Muslim brother”.
I insist that I pay for it, she insists back... I don't have the heart to tell her that, despite the beard, I'm not her Muslim brother.
I take the free water.
What's left of the day is dedicated to pushing shit uphill; blackmarkets, computer screens.
I look everywhere, all over town. No dice.
I'm sick of it, but, really, there's not much else for me to do...
I keep looking.
In a tiny computer store selling crappy old printers I ask, for the n'th time, about laptop screens. The guy opens a drawer, thumbs his way through a bunch of folders, and pulls out a brand new, legitimate screen that is made for my exact model of laptop.
I nearly jump on him.
What’s better is that he’s going to charge me 370,000 Leones for it, which at somewhere less than 100 bucks. It’s a steal.
Five minutes later we’re locked and loaded and it works, perfectly.