Monday, January 30, 2012

On the Road

Long and fascinating road trip today; the roads are getting progressively worse. We still see the flat-topped acacia trees and the eucalyptus, but now there are hectares of bananas, cotton, mangoes, the occasional papaya grove, and, as always, beautiful jacaranda trees in bloom.

We stopped at an Alaba tribe village; they are recognizable by the tall hats for men

And the beautiful houses, painted inside and out

Inside, there was a woman making injera, the Ethiopian bread

And more paintings and belongings hanging on the wall

Unfortunately, in the tribal areas the people demand 10 birr (about 60 cents) for each picture, so you have to think twice before taking a picture. The lovely young women who clustered around me, each holding a baby or two, were interested in my jewelry
and wanted me to give it to them!
Leaving the village we encountered camels...hundreds of them, being driven to market.

Babies, too!

In every little village, there were LONG (100 or more women) queues waiting to fill their plastic jerry cans with water from the communal water area

We stopped at a large Saturday market in Wolita, with lots of potatoes, cassava, chili peppers, shallots, ginger, garlic and mangoes

Unfortunately, the people (mainly young boys) were very aggressive, so we hightailed it out of there

After lunch we continued on, seeing large Saturday markets, common baboons and vevert monkeys by the road, lakes with crocodiles(!)and girls with mangoes to sell. We arrived at our hotel

which is charming in looks, but has no hot water and very little cold; we sought solace in a cold beer!

Location:Arba Minch, Ethiopia


  1. Good to hear from you, Margy! I remember being in the rural areas of Egypt, many years ago, and almost being attacked by young people trying to sell you something. It's very disconcerting and, yes, it makes one want to get out quick. :)

    Those paintings are wonderful.

  2. So fascinating! A friend of mine spent almost 2 years in Lesotho as a Peace Corps volunteer, and so much of what you're describing and picturing here seems very much like the world she was in - 30 years ago!