Life Beyond Moyale...
Trip Start May 31, 2006
68Trip End Oct 14, 2006
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So the next day we got in the bus at 7.30am and headed down a paved road to start with, at about lunch time we stopped for some food, my first taste of Ethiopian food which is basically a kind of pancake which you use as your cutlery and some meat and veg which gets poured onto it, all served on a metal platter...this first meal was not a selling feature it was fairly rank to put it mildly. After this intro to Ethiopian food the next month was looking ominous! We then continued our journey but on unpaved roads...little less comfortable especially as our bus had plastic seats, and gradually as you bumped along your stuff moved around the bus, so you were watching things and the music that they listen to here isn't quite to our taste...any of us! However the scenery was stunning...the mountains with faint mountains behind, the little huts. The hardest bit to describe but the most amazing to watch, but we passed through so many dry river beds, a few with a little water, but we are now headed into their wet season in Ethiopia so i'd say if we did the same route in a couple of months it wouldn't be quite so bare rivers (but it should be noted that the landscape is very green it doesn't look at all arid, unlike a lot of the areas we passed in Northern Kenya, this was a different world
The morning of the 12th July we got up and got told that our vehicle was an open back jeep that we would have to hold on for the entire 3hour round trip...i don't think the group could guffaw any more than they did...so Anthony went to find alternative transport while we got breakfast, the fairly standard breakfast is omlette...i ordered a tea but it never seemed to turn up, so we made do and headed back to find our new transport, a 5 seater land cruiser for 7 + a driver...now that's more like it. So we all piled in, Ange in the gap between the two front seats, Jamie in the real front passenger seat, Indi, Tracey and I in the middle and Sara and Anthony in the back...holding on!
Unfortunately my time is up so i'm gonna have to continue this next time i can get to a computer...hopefully soon!