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
Month: February 2015
Back on the road heading north, we pass a truckload of camel. We stop at the university town of Awasa to visit the fish market. Fishermen bring in their catch along the shore. The fish is gutted and filleted right on the beach. Marabou stork wander throughout the chaotic scene. Restaurants serving the freshly
We head back north passing through a village populated by Arbore people. These people are Muslims who decorate their houses with painted images depicting the history of their family. The women here dress much like those in India with head shawls and long skirts. We give away used clothing to these villagers.
We are returning north up the Rift Valley. We visit a Arbore Village on the way. Ethiopia has at least 80 distinct tribes with differing cultures and languages. It is sandy and hot, with the sand full of thorns. Women carry heavy loads. You do not find men doing this work.
This morning we visited a Karo Village. On the way we saw many termite mounds, some as much as 8 feet tall. Thr Karo are known for their body painting. Sometimes the men are even more colorful than the women. I liked the rusty bottle cap fringe decorating one of the women’s