Gonder part 2 - Christmas all over again

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, January 6, 2006

Debark didn't have much going for it, so I was up at the crack of dawn for he first bus back to Gonder. They put my backpack on the roof on top of some empty Ras Dashen beer barrels. It didn't look too secure and I let them know but they assured me it was fine. Every time we hit a big bump we'd hear a clatter from above and the inspector would look out of the back window to see it anything had fallen off! This didn't give me a feeling of comfort, but at least I guess someone was looking out for my luggage. After an hour of traveling and a particularly large bump the bus came to a stop. I jumped out to check if my backpack was still there. It was, but I realized that the inspector was not checking for my backpack but rather for a sheep that someone had tied up and placed on the roof! At this point they decided the best place for the sheep would be on the bus under my seat - I could only laugh for the next 30 minutes as the sheep kept head butting my calves! Thank God its owner reached their destination at that point and I was spared any further bruising! Met Steven and Nat that evening for a few beers and food.

I think I mentioned before that Ethiopia is on a different calendar - well today (Jan 7th) is Christmas day! No turkey and stuffing but went to a fantastic church service, lots of people dressed in white and other brightly coloured robes, holding staffs and crosses. Fantastic morning, Christmas in one of the main celebrations days in this mainly Christian country.

Relaxation in the afternoon, tried a mango and avocado fruit juice on someone else's recommendation - surprisingly tasty. Went up to the Goya hotel again to watch the sunset and see if I could get tome photos of the black kites. Finished the evening at the Ras Restaurant - Torquay and Birminghan in the FA cup third round - Torquay got an admiral draw! The Ethiopians are mad on English football, the only problem is most of them support Man U. !
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Where I stayed
Goya Hotel
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