Just hangin out and livin

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, December 12, 2011

If you read my last blog entry you know I had a very eventful start here in Ethiopia. I took it as a great experience and learned a lot and have been able to share my experience with other travelers as a warning. I have had the pleasure of hanging out with some really interesting travelers the past week from all over the world. Most of them also have some sort of pickpocketing or scam story to talk about. As you all know this is an extremely poor country so we share our stories with laughter and gratitude for the fact it is only money we have lost. We still have our strong passion for traveling and dreams of seeing the world and no thief can take that away from us. Travelers and tourist are completely different from one another and I am sure most of you have never thought about this. Tourist are short timers. They are mostly abroad for 2 or 3 weeks maximum. They stay at nice hotels and are able to afford the luxury tours to the most attractive sites. They never really have time to get to know a place or it's culture before they return home to their jobs and normal life. Travelers on the other hand do our best to immerse ourselves in the culture for as little money as possible and still see all the same sites. I am staying at a budget hotel for about $8 USd a night. It's not a bad place at all. The first night I stayed here made me think I was really getting what I payed for when I flopped down on my bed and realized it was nothing but nicely covered springs which were suppose to keep me from hitting the slats of the bed. The next day I lucked out and caught the management putting new mattresses in some of the rooms and told them mine was way past due for a new one. I asked them while they were putting my new mattress in if there was any chance of getting a toilet seat put on the toilet in my bathroom and he said "oh because it's cold right?" haha being cold never crossed my mind seeing how the only warm one I have ever sat on had just been used by someone else. I still don't have a toilet seat but man this bed is awesome! This is the first time my neck has felt this good in about a year and a half so I think I will hang out here a little longer to see if I can get it back in perfect shape before hitting the rough African roads on a bus up north. Plus traveling through Europe was pretty expensive and kind of threw my budget off so now I am just taking it easy and only spending about $12 USd a day for room and board which is helping tremendously to get me back on track. Addis Ababa is a cool city to hang out in and the food is really good. Some Spanish girls introduced me to an Ethiopian juice shop which has the weirdest most delicious juice I have ever had. You wouldn't believe it but they consider avocados and bananas to be juices. We ordered the mixed juice which was layered from bottom to top with guayaba, papaya, banana and avocado. It is obviously very thick and not drinkable so you have to eat it with a spoon but it is delicious and you would be surprised at how good blended banana and blended avocado taste together with a little lime juice squeezed over the top of it all. Over all this is a very laid back city full of life and color. Almost everyone speaks English but I am also learning as much Amharic as I can. It is a tough language but I have a pretty talented tongue.
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Bill and Pam on

Hey Trenton, You are certainly getting a taste lots of other cultures in the natural. What about the spiritual have you observed. That would be a good post. You are missed here. Love, Bill and Pam

Lee Boyd on

you are right it was just money could have been worse. Have you got your spot working?

Bradley on

Bring me some Ethiopian Chew, I bet it ain't no Levi Garrett!! Glad you are safe.

ali on

you must be seeking the buses in Türkiye for tavelling so as to travel in a very comfortable way there) ali..:))

Jessica W on

Oh, I SO remember the banana/avocado/mango juices. There's something about viscosity that we Westerners just don't like. I couldn't handle the avocado juices. Love your pics though, and your sense of adventure. Have you ever thought of traveling with volunteering? Many orphanages let you stay in their guest house for free or around $5 to come play with the kids and speak English for the day. I spent a month in Addis in 2008 visiting orphanages, and making balloon animals with kids. Nothing teaches you the local language better than children! Of course, now my Amharic is pretty much limited to baby talk, but it's way more functional than the travel guides IMO. Safe travels and thanks again for the tips on going to Gambella. I'm totally looking forward to it, and feeling comfortable in that I'm traveling with Nuer friends who speak the language and culture. :)

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