Driving Back to Addis

Our tireless driver Tamrat gave us wonderful insight into Ethiopian culture.

I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine!

The final day of our trip was spent driving the six hours back to Addis. Goats, sheep and donkeys shared the road. Streams of people clad in white traditional garb headed to church. Others carrying bundles of firewood on their backs, or produce on their heads, filed to local markets. Car ownership is not common and the majority of people walk. It’s a slower, more determined pace of life in the rural areas. Addis is fun, with all its choices of restaurants and “ferengie” food options, but I’ll miss the clear air and rolling vistas of Ethiopia’s northern regions. I’m astounded to say we clocked more than 4,000 km on our road trips to the east, south and north!


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