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Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Africa, Ethiopia, Journal | 0 comments

2015 Feb Day 24 Addis Ababa

2015 Feb Day 24 Addis Ababa

Today is a shopping day! My plane leaves 10:30pm so lots of time to relax.

Our guide David has kindly extended his services to take us to Churchill Road this morning to purchase last minute gifts and souvenirs. He first takes us to the Shumeta Gallery, a large antique dealer whose extensive inventory of beads and carved wooden objects could take someone like me a good day to peruse.

When I took my beads to the owner to begin negotiations, he asked his helper to open the ‘special’ room, which was filled with many more beads and antiquities. I took myself under control and bought just one set of beads, good ones.

Next we went to Churchill Road where shop after shop overflows with souvenirs.

The van was due back to the hotel at 11am, so three of us hired a taxi to take us to Salem’s, a high-end handicraft place I had found on the internet. We thought it might be a little hard to find, because there was no address on the website, just a sketchy map. But the taxi driver knew of it, so it was no problem.

Salem’s met expectations and more. We were able to see the artisans working onsite. Here is Enda, one of the jewelers.

 

 

 

 

The weavers overlap their warp so more of them can fit in the small weaving space.

 

It’s good to see these goods being made by hand. Salem’s is not a cooperative. The artisans are paid to create their products.

We returned to the hotel for a late lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. We said goodbye to some of the group members who had earlier flights, including my very amenable roommate Jennifer, from New Zealand. A shout out to Jennifer and reminder to tell me the horse joke.
Home soon. Hear there’s a storm that’s come through. Will be happy to be home in any case. California here I come!

 

 

 

 

 

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