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Travel Blogs from Gonder
... helping me :/
It was awkward and I wish that kind of transaction didn't happen so much.
Tell me upfront if you expect payment for your help, then I can decline it.
Because usually I only let people help me to be polite.
The guy beside me spoke decent English and chatted with me every time I took my headphones off.
Sometimes when I was staring out the window, listening to music, he would tap me on the arm.
... plate of raw meat when we stopped for a lunch break, unfortunately I was happy to try some too. Dipped in some chilli powder and lime it was actually really tasty in a kind of food-poisoning-coming-soon kind of way. I ate about four or five pieces in the end just to ensure that the Imodium in my bag hadn’t been a wasted purchase.
We were experiencing Easter in perhaps the most devoutly Christian country I’ve ...
... UK! One of those 100 being interviewed said in a thick brummy-accent that being a clown is a vocation and that '...all we really want to do is mike poyple happoy'. This was followed by another red-nosed creep with a painted face saying that 'We just want people to know that clowns are still here and we're still cool and we're still funny...' if you have to make a point of telling people what you are then you clearly aren't.
You! You! You! Farange! Farange! Ie. white person. This is what I have been called for 35 days and it is often followed by "highland" (water bottle), "pen", "shirt" as children ask for gifts often in a demanding way. One thing that has been very difficult for me on this trip has been seeing the poverty and having people beg. It started back in the Omo Valley where children would dance and do aerobics on the road as you were driving up and then wave as you were passing. I innocently ...
... on a scrap piece of paper with blue marker ink (SCAM). But we caved, after all we commuted for 2 days and drove 15 hours to explore Ethiopia's third top tourist attraction!
Once on the castle grounds we spent a few hours exploring the vast compound and walking along ancient narrow streets. We found ourselves impressed by the over all conditions of the buildings, but in comparison to ...