We have arrived safely in Addis after 4 weeks and just over 6000 km in Ethiopia. The worst to happen to us was the Radiator hose that packed up twice and then Dick did a Randall fix and the one back window was broken and we got stuck in the mud. Not bad going, we think.
We have cleaned out the Land Rover and repacked everything, ready for the next two guys to take over on the day that we leave for SA. They are taking a 3week trip back to Jhb. We wished that we had the time to do that ourselves, but I am afraid that reality is looming and back to work is becoming something I have to face.
We will be back in Cape Town on Wednesday evening and then it is the photo sorting out to start. We have taken about 3500 pics over the period and still we now think of things that we have neglected to capture, but those will just have to remain in the memory. Our experiences were so varied and many that it is difficult to pinpoint the highlights as different things just speak to you at different times. Some days everything was a picture and we stopped too many times. Other days the light or the frame of mind might not have been right and then we went for a while without stopping. Not many of those, I am afraid.
The scenery was always awesome, however I think the most amazing aspect of this country is the people. They are friendly and caring, soft spoken and always prepared, willing and keen to assist. We have had very little problems with “hassling” and even here in Addis, after a whole day on the streets, we have had hardly any of it. We have seen enough churches to last us for a life time and we feel that we have eaten enough of the local food. We are now beginning to fantasise over roast chicken and veggies and salads and Woolies foods!
Tomorrow we are going to explore a little more and to have one or two things seen to on the Land Rover and then we are out of here. There are many stories to tell and many memories to share, but that we will do once we are home over a good bottle of South African red wine!! I must say, the one thing we said before we left was that we will have to go without wine for a month, but luckily we discovered the local red within a week and we have not looked back since then. The same wine have varied in price from Br 25 to Br 73 a bottle not that ever fazed us.
Anyway, that is the end for now.