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An interesting boat ride

DAY 11

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This afternoon in Hawassa we took a boat ride on the lake to see the hippos!
Unfortunately it was pretty choppy water so it made for an interesting trip!
You may not be able to make out the hippos but we did see them and from the boat it felt close enough!!





On the way back from the hippos it was even more choppy and we ended up getting very wet! Later on we found out our boat driver had been chewing chat - a plant many Ethiopians chew which is a mildly intoxicating stimulant! We don't think he cared too much about us getting wet!! The truck drivers in Ethiopia chew chat to stay awake and because many of them have a ready supply on the back of their truck as they transport it to Addis for the thousands of customers there. The chat delivery drivers are known locally as 'Al Quaeda' as they drive like possessed maniacs !
The roads are littered with crashed 'Al Quaeda' trucks !

Posted by tia-saz-fitz 19:00 Archived in Ethiopia

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