Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
9Trip End Feb 18, 2008
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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.