Alarm was set for 6.15 am as we were due to leave the Mana Hotel at 7.30 am for the airport with the official need to check in 2 hours before departure.
Had better to take that photo of Benjamin's Coaster speedometer. 113,860 km. Take away the 111,964 meant we had travelled approximately 1,896 km in 14 days … well it was really 13 days as I am not counting the short distance this morning to the airport. That plus the 2,427 kms on the South tour and the 1,050 km going east meant that I had travelled by land some 5,373 kms / 3,338 miles in my month here.
After the first security check point had time so I brought a Kono tribe wooden 3 figure carving which I had seen throughout this trip out of my remaining birr. Haggled the price from 300 birr down to 160 burr which would probably be much more than if I had brought one locally in the Konso area. But as the 3 figures were free standing, it reminded me of a similar wooden carving that I got from Malawai in 2009, I didn't want to have carted it throughout the trip as I had no hard tube to protect the 3 figures. I had to work out what to so cut the bottom of a 1 litre plastic water bottle to put over the statue. Hope it works. (It did.)
Eventually the Ethiopian Bombardier Q 400 twin prop plane left at 10.10 am, which is Saturday 8.10 pm Auckland time, for the first of 4 sectors back to Auckland. With a scheduled touch back in Auckland New Zealand at 2 pm on Monday afternoon, that's 42 hours airport to airport. Courtesy of Qantas / Emirates they are putting my up overnight in a Dubai hotel but I then have an overnight flight to Australia. Plus I will probably survive on airplane food for what to me is the next 3 days!
Below was the still dried parched brown terraced fields with their round threshing circles dotted the landscape for the hour's flight back to Addis. Coming into Addis I tried to pick out sights that I had visited a month ago with Genet.
More Than 1 Metre Any Wire Not Allowed
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Bole, Mirab Shewa, Ethiopia