June 4: Back in Addis

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We said goodbye to our driver team at the Mekele airport to board Ethiopian Air flight for Addis……they have been terrific. Leaving behind some awesome experiences and memories in Tigray. It is a nice 737, so a short flight of about 45 minutes…..same as Austin to Dallas. By noon, we had checked into our hotel and were ready for a leisurely afternoon.

 

Alem and Pastor Steve sampling the “dark” beer tower

Not far from our hotel is the Beer Garden Inn….a combo German-owned hotel and brew house. We walked over to have lunch……and a few beers!

Enjoying Lunch at Beer Garden Inn

Oh yes…..we had lunch too…..the menu included Bratwurst, Wienerschnitzel, spätzle, Jagerschnitzel……not exactly your typical Ethiopia fare…….enjoyed by all.

This afternoon, we were supposed to visit one of our deep bore hole projects, Gadamba, located on the outskirts of Addis. But the traffic had other plans for us.  It was a Saturday afternoon gridlock in Addis, and after sitting in traffic for nearly two hours and not even out of the city yet, we decided to abandon our attempt.  Everyone had a free afternoon for naps, walking, and shopping.

The group ready to try the Ethiopian specialties

For the evening, we are entertained at the 2000 Habasha Cultural Restaurant……a great sampling of Ethiopian food and dance from all regions of the country.

Pastor George with St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia, on both the icon and the bottle

Oh yes, St. George made a surprise visit to our evening!

 

Finally, we were entertained by some awesomely talented dancers. Then it was off to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before our last day.