HIGHLIGHTS Wed 24 Dec: Travel Back To Addis

Thursday, December 25, 2014
Addis Ababa, Ādīs Ābeba, Ethiopia
Foot to the Pedal

An 8 am departure after listening to the hyenas at night. The first 40 or 50 kms it was the same slow bumpy road needing work but after that, it was "foot to the pedal".

Crossing a small bridge, stopped to see some cattle being driven to market. Again I think we as tourists or foreigners were of more interest to the locals than the cattle themselves as several wanted their photos taken with the group.







Lake Ziway
Stopped at Lake Ziway and the great white Pelicans plus the near human size marabou storks all ready and awaiting to be fed by the locals. Yes, it certainly smelt like a fish market.

The small scared ibis were also there.






Stopped first at the UNESCO site at Tiya. The stelae from the Soddo region, sculptured stelae, carved monoliths vary in size from 1 m to 5 m.




Homeward Leg to Addis

Addis in rush hour with the congestion and all that vehicle fumes. Glad that I don't live here.




Journey over and that was some 2,427 Kms in 11 days. A BIG THANK YOU Yohanis and Lemma!
I will have many memories of the South:

- Ranging from the near continual stream of people or animals walking along the side of the road. Remember 90 million people live here.
- The constant and continual refilling and taking the yellow water containers to and from home after using the hand powered water pump or taken directly from the river.
- The brief encounters with the Omo Valley tribes, mainly the afternoon spent without cameras with the Mursi Tribe and also the brighfly painted Karo Tribe in their setting high above the Omo River.
- the rare bull jumping ceremony.
- The Konso chief and his attempt to keep alive his tribes culture and traditions.
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