Day 7, Sunday, April 13, 2014
Today I spent about six hours driving south of Addis through the Great Rift Valley. It was a beautiful, sunny day to get away from capital city. After a hectic week it was a definitely a “no rush” kind of day. Today is Sunday so the road wasn’t crowded with a lot of commercial trucks. Donkey carts and cattle herds were the only hindrances that added to the drive-time.
We stopped at a few places along the way: one place to have lunch and another place to have coffee – traditional coffee. Even though this is the fasting period for many Ethiopians there are still many meat dishes that are prepared everywhere you go. It was my first time drinking coffee with tena adam (rue) added to it. It gave the coffee great flavor – almost like cinnamon, but not quite.
When we finally got to the hotel I decided to sit out in front of the lake to just relax for a moment, that’s when I saw him: a professional “slingshotter”! All he does is shoot at the precocious monkeys that are all around the compound. If the hotel didn’t hire someone to keep the monkeys at bay they will jump on your tables and eat your food, or attempt to.
Day 8, Monday, April 14, 2014
I spent the entire day in the field – all day; that is until the rains came in the afternoon.
I did get back in time to see the lake before the sun went down. And, then it was off to dinner with new friends I met in the field.
Tomorrow I head even further south.