Ras Amba Hotel
Travel Blogs from Addis Ababa
... essentially burns the tissue in a
somewhat controlled fashion sealing off the blood vessels that are
bleeding. Both sets appear “newer”
than in previous years. Perhaps
they are straight hand me downs instead of 3rd generation hand me
downs. They work about 50-60% of
the time. I see no stamp on them
but I am pretty sure they were donated by some random group traveling through
... point. However, they have built a memorial to the hundreds of thousands who were tortured and killed by the Derg next to the square - the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, which I went to see. Actually there are no sign posts anywhere, so I had trouble finding it, until a helpful young man pointed me in the right direction. ("Now I've helped you, you can help me". "OK, how much?")
Back to the hotel for dinner. Lamb roast for under $4, so it looks like food is ...
... the next few hours enjoying another traditional Ethiopian meal with relatives. This time there were several new faces (I'm glad they spread them out so as not to overwhelm us). The food was very good and the amount of labor that went into it's preparations astounding. After the food came another coffee ceremony. This time I make it through all 3 servings and showed Kidst and Ruth who the REAL Ethiopian in the family was.
The evening was ...
... my bag, some places without sidewalks, pestered by cab drivers trying to give me a ride, little kids begging me for money, people calling out "farnanji" at me, breathing in diesel from the old cars filling the streets, crossing busy streets where cars don't yield for pedestrians and not encountering a white person during my walk. I would have loved to see the smile that I had on my face as I soaked in my surrounding and realized how far ...
... The day IS travel.
The Shashamane bus station was something else. We had thought Dodola was busy. That was nothing. Again, we were so grateful to have Rebecca, Jasmin and Uwa with us! They expertly lead us to the next bus, and we all safely arrived onboard with all of our luggage, passports and money still with us. Jasmin and I are fighting colds, and were able to doze for parts of this 5 hour bus ride. One thing about these longer bus rides- the ...