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... So now we think we are going to try that, anyone interested in going to Seattle and heading south.....
We also met Fabrizio, the only Italian officer on board, we had a long political conversation with him, he may become part of the NY to Bermuda cruise and if so promises to come over and cook a real Italian dinner , he is from Lago Maggiore.
At dinner we sat with an army colonel and his wife stationed in Germany she is heading to Hollywood for a ...
... the bus the next day to Gonder (on which they wrote my name as "forengie").
He also walked around with me while I looked for a hotel room, which was more of a hindrance than help because we couldn't understand each other very well and were both confused by what the other was talking about.
Thankfully I found one right near the bus station- cheap, ...
... the bus, looking at them.
Other times everyone has to get out, then show their ID on the way back in.
The lady beside me didn't have any ID, which I guess makes sense.
It wouldn't be unusual for her to have never had to drive, never had a job recognized by the government, and never opened a bank account.
The old man and I shared some snacks- puffed wheat or barley and roasted chickpeas.
When we passed near ...
... the bus ride from hell. We were in for a long journey; our seats were crammed along the back row with minimal leg room and no immediate window access, but this would be the least of our worries. Once seated, all passengers were given plastic bags or barf bags, unfortunately they accurately predicted what we were to experience for the duration of our trip. Due to the lack of public transport, locals rarely commute between neighbouring cities, ...
... window! The bus is 5 seats across with little bum or leg room, our backpacks are on the roof covered with a tarp and tied down. Because we are foreigners we have to pay for someone to put our bags up and take them down!
Aksum is a nice town, quite modern with wide streets planted with palm and red/orange flowered flame trees. Traffic is light and is mainly 4WD or bajaj (tuk tuks) imported from India. This is a relatively new fad in Ethiopia and numbers ...