Today was finally the last day of our driving escapade. At least for the next ten days! We were up and ready quite early this morning in order to make it to Awassa in time to meet the Dean of Agriculture for Hawassa University as well the students and faculty members.
The drive to Awassa was definitely the best thus far. Not only was it the shortest, but also the most scenic. All the way to Awassa there was flat land, no mountains this time. It felt so weird since every other day we’ve been in Ethiopia, we’ve been either ascending or descending a mountain. I enjoyed the valley. Everything was different about it. The ground was cleaner, the vegetation more singular and desert like and an overall more spacious environment. There was a nice cool breeze as well that made the ride even more enjoyable. We were lucky enough to see some monkeys relaxing in the cacti as we drove by. We passed dozens of farmers, both male and female, making their commute to work with their lunch in hand. They all wore maroon uniforms with these cute straw hats to protect them from the harsh sun.
We stopped at a hotel for lunch where I found Mule devouring my birthday cake! He had it everywhere. I was only able to snag a small piece but I was happy the drivers were able to enjoy some too.
Once we arrived in Awassa, we immediately went to see the Dean of Agriculture. He was a very intelligent man and quite the comedian. He gave us a very warm welcome and even had a video prepared, highlighting the great qualities and accomplishment of the University. After a quick introduction, we were able to get a tour of the campus. The students of Awassa University were very sweet and gave us a thorough tour of their school. I really enjoyed the campus. It was peaceful and large with trees and flowers covering every inch of the land. The vibe of the school definitely festered an environment for learning.
After that we headed back to the hotel. The rooms were very nice and the WiFi was great! So I could not complain! Tonight is our first night using a mosquito net as well. Wish us luck!