Tuesday, 24 December 2013

My Trip to Ghana (Part 1)

I decided to use emirates airline for my journey because they had a very good deal. I was to get to Accra via Dubai with the plan of spending the night in Dubai due to the overnight layover. Actually emirates informed me that the hotel and transit visa was complimentary. My flight was in Seattle so we drove for about 3 hours from Portland to the Seattle, Tacoma airport.


On Arrival at the airport, I had very little time to spend since my flight was in an hour and half's time and there were a whole lot of people passing through the security checkpoint. Soon I was ready to board my flight.


About to board the emirates to Dubai
The Flight Experience

The total flight time from Seattle to Dubai was estimated at 14.30 hours. I had recently developed a keen interest in anything aviation so I was definitely looking forward to the long flight. The plane was a boeing 777-200LR model. I chose an aisle seat because I wanted to be moving around during the flight. Its always important to occasionally exercise your leg muscles during a long flight.
I asked for a bottle of red wine as soon as service started, just to help me pass the time quickly. Dinner was also great and I really enjoyed my lamb biryani. I think I was too hungry to take a picture of my dinner as I started devouring it as soon as I was served.
The ever clumsy me-I spilled my wine


At night the ceiling of the cabin is transformed into a star-filled sky

Breakfast on the plane!
Wait!, its a crime for females to travel alone?
On arrival at the Dubai Airport, i was almost detained as they couldn't understand why a female would be travelling alone. The annoying part of the almost-being-detained experience was they refused to tell me exactly what I had done. All they did was to have me sit in a corner and it wasn't until another Ghanaian couple came into the office and asked what was wrong. They then explained to the man that they found it strange that I was travelling alone and that they didn't trust that I would return to the airport should they let me out. The couple then told them I was traveling with them and that was when they cleared me to leave. Ha!


At the Dubai International Airport

DBX Airport- A little too glassy but looking good!





At the Hotel
My hotel room was looking quite good especially since it was free( even though I know I paid for it somehow). After check-in I took a long shower and went to the restaurant for dinner (Also free)

Dinner at the hotel 
The Hotel Shuttle picking us to the hotel












My hotel room

All in all I had an enjoyable trip minus the glitch at the airport. Emirates is definitely a good airline to fly and I thnk their services are better than the US carriers

12 comments:

  1. Customer service on US carriers is horrendous!

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  2. Try Turkish airways and u will understand what horrible customer service is all abt

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  3. I'm trying to understand y it was wrong/ suspicious u were traveling alone. I'm puzzled.

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    1. Don't be, it does happen. If you are a regular flier then expect this at least once. Alec Wek (model) was always questioned. Read her book if you can. It depends on the customs staff. My advice would be to dress professionally before alighting the plane. Appearance could make one be a target but overall don't panic if you aren't "packing." you know what.

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  5. Dubai is very beautiful.
    Glad you have the couple to help you out.

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  7. Wow that was nice except the delay for travelling alone .

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  8. Is that in the pic?with the spilled wine?babe you are dangerously ugly man
    I think it will be better if you remove the pix you used on this site because that is not you

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  9. This is a fantastic summary and very wonderful to hear you made a life changing trip. Am sooo looking forward to landing on Ghanaian soil its been a long time coming.

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