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... Again, day after day 2 or 3 patients
are being admitted to this hospital with fractured spines. Many are paralyzed because of the
extent of their injuries.
More often then not these injuries have happened days or weeks ago, and
the patients and their families have been holding out making a trip to the city
hoping that the pain will go away and the injured party would start walking
again on their own. ...
... a "that's not the way to do it" smile).
The girl, on the other hand, looked old beyond her years. She basically walked along expressionless holding out her hand to receive the money she seemingly thought she deserved (there had been no sign of appreciation from the 1 Birr gift from Dagim.
After about 10 minutes, I had them pose for a picture. I figured if I was going to give them any money (I hadn't yet decided), they should at least do something for the reward. A ...
... narrow crowded paths was hazardous to an unsuspecting gawking tourist especially when donkeys were also fighting for the same space! We haplessly wandered around with our cameras, amazed at the teeming life around us.
Some welcomed their photos being taken, while others were quite firm in their refusal to our polite requests. Known for pickpockets and other petty crimes we had body guards in plain clothes! They were ...
... game watching. So we saw two dik diks and a few birds flying away from us. The humidity is stifling, my clothes and hair are damp from sweat and its only day one of camping. So here I am, in my little one man tent, Stephan and David, the snorers on the far end of the site and the rest of us on the river side. I can hear the rush of the river, the crickets and the baboons as well as someone snoring at this end of the camp...damn them. Time for bed, hopefully a restful ...
Sitting there at 37,000ft, just waiting for the aircraft to drop from the sky. Just waiting. And waiting. And petrified. And waiting. The sky to the right is illuminated with lightning again and again. We're all going to die.
And then. Nothing. We've circumvented the electrical storm. Still miss out on afternoon tea though.
Addis Ababa surprisingly cold at 12C when we land at 2100hrs. Purchase visa on arrival but woman is more interested ...