To Addis! By Veronica Bair

Today we drove from Kombolcha to Addis Ababa, the capital city, and stayed in the great Nexus hotel. We got on the road with no problems or delay, which was pretty amazing for us. But after being on the road for a couple hours, we stopped to get bunna (coffee), only to discover one of the cars had a flat tire. Thankfully the drivers were prepared with spare tires, and they were quickly able to change the flat. Our entire time in Ethiopia has been a lesson in patience, and not stressing about things not going to plan.

Our drivers fixing our flat tire

Our drivers fixing our flat tire

As usual, the drive was filled with dodging animals and humans. But as we were heading back to the capital of Ethiopia, it was like returning to civilization. Funny how our perspective has changed after being in Ethiopia for a couple weeks.

The beautiful view of the mountains along our drive

The beautiful view of the mountains along our drive

At one stop along the way, there were people selling bags and hats made from local wool, which were really cool.

An Ethiopian trying to convince us to all buy his hats

An Ethiopian trying to convince us to all buy his hats

Along the way to Addis, we stopped for lunch at a cool little restaurant owned by an Ethiopian Olympic medalist. Ethiopia is home to many great long distance runners, which isn’t surprising, as many of the Ethiopians are built like runners, slim and strong, and they grow up in the high altitude, with great endurance from climbing all over the mountains.

The long days of traveling get pretty tiring, but at least we have our drivers and great music to keep us going!

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