Today we went to the Hilton to let Tia have a swim and to use the WiFi to write some blog.
We stayed at the Hilton 8 years ago when we came to collect Tia so have fond memories of it.
Donkeys are everywhere ! They carry HUGE loads such as big sacks of sand.
In 1895 a French diplomat advised the Ethiopian Emperor to plant Australian gum trees to solve a deforestation problem.
They are now EVERYWHERE ! - the most noteworthy use is for an OH&S nightmare - scaffolding ! - for even the biggest buildings !
The first Eucalyptus tree planted in Ethiopia - at Emperor Menelik II's palace in the Entoto Mountains overlooking Addis Ababa.
Tonight our hosts provided a delicious, traditional meal of lamb called Tibs.
It was VERY fresh, local produce !
Poverty and hardship forced our host Abebe's mother to leave her village at the age of 7 !! and walk !! by herself !! to Addis Ababa to find work.
Abebe painted a mural charting their family's progression from his mother leaving home to poverty in a mud floor hut to running a guest house for Australian adoptive families.
Wherever there is a mains water connection there is a gravity tank as mains pressure is too low to supply the typical 2 or 3 floor house and supply is very unreliable !
Ethiopian women always dress immaculately.
From the filthiest street and the smallest shanty hut, that you can guarantee has the most diabolical, mud floor squat hole toilet imaginable, it is normal to see girls dressed to the nines with high heels and women in beautiful and colourful traditional gowns that are mostly gleaming white, dodging around mud bogs, dead dogs and donkey poo.
1 Australian Dollar (AUD) = 18 Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
1 Ethiopian Birr = 6 Australian Cents
Hello = Seulam
Goodbye = Chow
No = Yellem
Thankyou = Amesagunalhu
A typical country town cafe.
A typical city cafe.
A typical city restaurant.
Our favourite - Dashen Restaurant.
The staple food - which also serves as the cutlery - Injera
Popcorn is served with the coffee.
Trying the local honey wine up in the mountains.
This was a really clean example of a country toilet.
Home made coffee pots.
A typical village compound.
The Addis Ababa Hilton.
Something to get used to ! Toilet paper is not flushed down the toilet - it's put in the bin !
Boys prowl the streets selling the National Lottery tickets from huge ticket rolls.
Beggars are everywhere. It's illegal to give them money.
A shoe-shine boy in Gondar.
The Roha Hotel Lalibela was built to resemble a rock-hewn church.
Ethiopian cattle are much smaller and less productive than ours.
Desert on the way north to Merabete.
A house near Wondo Genet.
The taxi van and tour bus of choice - new model Hiace vans everywhere !
Roadside onion shop down south.
Malaria is a big problem in the Lake Tana area.