ArbaMich to Jimma via Sodo, The Road Less Traveled
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
36Trip End Mar 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Coffee Land Hotel
As every bus journey has been in Ethiopia, it's had it's benefits. The scenery is spectacular, we are in the rolling mountains again. It's very green and VERY rural. The route I have chosen is usually not traveled by tourists, as it requires an overnight stay in a very small and isolated town named Tucha.
I arrive in Tucha in the late afternoon
I'm not willing to risk eating any prepared food, this is not the place to get sick and require any kind of help. I buy three bananas and two rolls, wash it down with a St. George Beer. I have nourishment to get me through the night!
The hotel also has a bar. I go to bed early, I want to be at the bus station by 4:30 AM to make sure I get a seat. There is only one bus each day from Tucha to Jimma, I don't want to spend another night here. Many of the small seedy looking hotels in Ethiopia also double as brothels, and for the first time on this trip, I've apparently chosen such a place to spend the night
At 4:30 I arrive at the bus station, only a five minute walk from the brothel/hotel. I nearly panic when I board the bus, it appears full!!! But there is one seat left, and I get it. I would probably have resorted to 'free enterprise', would have attempted to purchase an already occupied seat at whatever premium was required. Kind of like what the airlines do when they have oversold a flight.
This computer is acting up, so I'll publish what I have written and give an update on Jimma later.