Wondo Heaven

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
Trip End Feb 18, 2008

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Abyssinia Hotel

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

After taking care of our business in Shashamane, we headed 15 km south to Wondo Genet for some rest. Wondo Genet means Wondo Heaven. Water gushes from the mountains to feed forests and fields of sugar, banana and enset. Some of this water comes out of the earth at over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This super heated water is cooled and piped into pools and showers at Wabe Shebele. The hotel by that name nearest to the springs is quite expensive. The Abyssinia Hotel at the bottom of the hill is cheap by comparison, and offers the same accommodations minus the TV.

Many Ethiopians visit the hot water in the built pools every day. Admission is 3 or 4 birr and includes a bar of pink soap. You can also rent a private bathroom with hot spring water. Flowing through the pool site is a cool creek for cold dips. A bit further up the mountain you can find the source of the hot water and hot pools with a more natural setting. They're free once you know how to get there. High school aged youths will show you the way for a price.

We had four days to rest and look around. The market was small and beautiful. There were many good fruits and spices. Half the market was dominated by sugar cane. We visited giant ficus and eucalyptus trees at the College of Forestry. I rode a bike to the Essential Oils Research Farm. Women on the roadside sold kazhmir and coffee.

The restaurant at Abyssinia Hotel cooked our shiitake mushrooms with onion and chili. We ate them happily with injera and all the regular injera veggies. They also served a good plate of spaghetti. One of the local music shops played some Midnite for us as we ate injera across the road.

We had a blessed time in Wondo Genet, soaking in water, sunshine and good vibes. We continued to feel blessed knowing we were walking in the footsteps of HIM.
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