My expired visa meant that we had to get out of East Africa before it can be renewed, and seeing as we had to go all that way, we thought, why not make the most of it and take a break!? So, here's some of our highlights from out week in Ethiopia:
It seemed like almost all visitors to Ethiopia used private taxis instead of the local bus system, but us being us, we decided to go along with the locals; after a few days we realised why tourists avoid them... We were on a bus where the seats were already taken when a group of old ladies got on and some young men politely got up and allowed them to take their seats. However, one young man wasn't so polite and decided to pick-pocket one of the ladies. Another man saw and began yelling at the thief and slapping him! When the other men around realised what had happened, they also joined in with the yelling and slapping until the bus got to the next stop where he was thrown out. Then the conductor went after him and asked for the fare! I couldn't help but giggling to myself at all the commotion and i hope that thief learnt his lesson!
Ordering food was an interesting game! We went to a town called Ziway and one morning decided to go to a small local cafe for breakfast. Lox already had in mind what he wanted and ordered 'fish blub-blub'. The waiter said 'yes, no problem'. So i went on to order some eggs and local 'injera'. Again the waiter said 'no problem' and went on his way. Around 10 minutes later he came back with a big plate of fish and i asked again about the egg of which he replied 'no problem' and then went to sit down for some coffee... I guess that's all the English he knew! Another day, Lox asked for some sauce for his food, and about 20 mins later when we were about to leave, a waiter comes out with a bowl of soup for him! After a couple of attempts we took to ordering whatever we wanted and eating whatever we ended up getting!!
We enjoyed our week in Ethiopia, we made good friends, ate good food and laughed many laughs; what more could we ask for!?
Welcome to my blog! In case you didn't already know, I'm Ruth. In 2010 I graduated from University and before I even had time to settle down and get a job I felt a tug on my heart to go to Kenya for a few years to help in any way I could. When I arrived it was love at first sight; I loved the more relaxed way of life, the way Kenyans would laugh at EVERYTHING and the way people would put people first. On my first day there I also met Lox, a tall, dark & handsome African man who had the same passions in life as me and the more we worked & laughed together the more we fell in love & after a couple of years of dating we tied the knot & got married. Now I live, work, eat & sleep Kenya. It's great to be able to help those who are in some ways less fortunate than me but amazingly I always feel that I'm the one who gets blessed and learns so much from the people I try to help and from everything I do. Enjoy my blogs which give you a taste of this crazy yet wonderful life I lead.