Village life in Konso

Trip Start May 08, 2011
Trip End Sep 26, 2011

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Eco Lodge

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I woke up after a great night's sleep with the thought "What do I miss?" My bed my computer, my friends, mum and dad, my garden my kitchen, my shower, my clothes. But in reality I do not miss them that much and I am very grateful to have this thing in the first instance. Missing them is a consequence of being here and I am extremely grateful for that.

Sitting here looking at Lake Abaya with the sun streaming through the clouds on the mountains and lake humbles me to the ground. Last night this vista was completely unspoiled by light or any other human intervention. This is extremely unusual for me. Anyway…back to today. Breakfast was interesting. We were evicted and invited to stay within the same half hour! Looks like full moon did its job…again! We hung around until about 2.00pm after a late reprieve from the manager.

We set off south and three hours later, we had passed Lake Charo and arrived in the eco lodge. Half of the group went on a cultural trip to the old part of Konso village. We entered the narrow, wooden walls passageways of Konso village. We were able to see the compounds where each of the families live. The livestock would also share the same space as would some produce (e.g. maize). Very quickly, the children started to follows us around excitedly. They were lovely but it was sad to see some of them riddled with flies and in a state of needing their clothes washed.

We visited the village wall, the community houses and the generation pole. Konso was not unlike Calabor 30 years ago in many ways. The sun went down; we ate tacos for supper and went to bed.
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