Every second we pass a person; no matter if it's a kid or an adult, we here them scream "faranji" after us. It means "foreigner" or "whitey". I'm starting to believe that that's my actual name. I wonder how it would be if we in Europe would scream "yo nig-ger" to every dark person we meet on the streets. It wuldn't be highly appreciated i assume, but the is here that their tone is quite joyfull as if they are happy to see a "faranji", not Only because they can get money from us, but more comonnly they just wanna do a high five or shake hands.
I have tried to figure out Ethiopia's culture and how they are. So far, I have notised that they are very proud of being the only country in Africa that has never been colonized. They are proud in a good way. They like their traditions and value them. It is too bad that this culture is taken away from Addis Ababa. The moderization went too quick to put an Ethiopian touch to it. I am very fascinated how they can make 2 religions work so well together. Here 50% are Christian orthodox and 32% are muslims and they respect eachother so well it's amazing.
I find the people here very friendly and helpfull. Not that much in Addis, but here in the south it's incredible. We sat next to one man on the bus to Awasa; where we are now, and he informed us about the Ethiopian traditions and history and when we reached Awasa he helped us arrange a hotel and then walked with us there. It was late in the evening and very dark so we couldn't have waked there alone if it wasn't for him. The hotel was nice, but quite expensive; 375 birr/night, so in the morning we changed to a hostel nearby. it's also quite fancy, but this whole town is very fancy, because it's only 5 years old. Next to the town is a lake. on my birthday yesterday we went with a motorboat to see hippos. It was awesome. They are so big and incredibly ugly and scary. The sun is finally shining and it's gonna be nice to go to the lakes next week where we can swim. Overall I am very impressed by the standard here. They are way better than I expected. Except the toilets though. if I could hold myself from going a whole year I would! but as that might be a bit difficult i guess i have to get used to it. Luckily have my pee-mate with me that i bought at a tourism mass i Holland before I left. With that incredible invention I can pee like a dude!
In regards to the mud hut i have gotten more information on how to build one. I need dried bamboo shoots, some thicker wood and then clay to cover the wholes. Done! i am gonna build that stupid hut, no matter what you say, Shaun Rafferty!!
Tomorrow we're going to Wondo Genet; a smaller village, and i can't wait until we get away from the town. In Wondo Genet they have hot springs that we can swim in. It's gonna be cool.
Btw, I managed to have a whole conversation in oromiffa a couple of days ago. I said hi, 3 bread, 4 birr back, thank you. I'm so awesome!!
cheers!! miss you all.