Last night was a great way to end an amazing week. We all went to a traditional Abyssinian restaurant for dinner, which was a buffet with a wide variety of the regional cuisine (including some cow intestine!). It was a brilliant night with a great atmosphere, due to the fantastic live music and dancing. Some of us were even dragged up to dance on stage, much to everyone else’s amusement. The dancers were brilliant and danced for three hours straight in costumes (and monkey hair wigs which we got to try on) that helped tell the story, and it was great to see some Ethiopian culture.
We got a WHOLE 15 minutes extra sleep this morning, then we headed out to visit AHISDO, the other project that CRED supports in Addis Ababa. It’s a community charity that supports mainly the children and elderly people in the area. They have many facilities including the biggest youth centre in Addis, that even had a Playstation. We then saw the young children’s daycare, which was where the team trip was based last year. They kindly gave us a traditional meal and coffee ceremony, with popcorn, which we weren’t expecting. Tibebu then presented Helen with a photo of some of the people who benefited from the trip last summer. After a group photo, we headed drove through the Mecarto, a huge outdoor market that seems to stretch for miles.
Once we’d finally driven through the Mercato we had a chance to buy some traditional Ethiopian coffee in a very fancy shopping centre. While we were in there it started pouring down with rain, and we left to go to a café to get warm drinks, chips, burgers, cake etc (not all of those per person!).
We then had some time at the craft market, spending some of our birr, and discovering that Cammie is a natural when it comes to bartering prices down!
Back to the hotel to drop off our shopping and have a quick conflabulation (Ani’s new English word of the day!) about whether to try again for a swim at the Hilton. Despite the less than brilliant weather it was a clear majority vote to go there, and so that is where we are now.
PS Bethany would like her mum to comment J
PPS Happy 13th birthday for tomorrow to Eleanor Briddock with love from Heather