Exploring the Highest Region
Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
60Trip End Jun 02, 2006
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Tuesday, I took a day trip to the hot springs at Wondo Genet. They were nice and hot. The water is heated by the volcanic action under ground and actually has to be cooled before filling the pools. People come from far and wide to bathe and drink. The locals actually cook potatoes and corn in the hottest water. There's a cold creek for hydrotherapy, too. I was happy to know I was walking in the footsteps of Bob and His Majesty himself
Wednesday, I began a three-day intro to permaculture workshop for teachers and staff of the JRDC School. Most of the Ethiopian teachers chose not to participate, but I was happy to be working with the few rastas in attendance. Day one was an intro to the subject, and I presented some exercises they could do with the youths at the school. Day two, I gave a slide show of the whole trip from S.A. to Ethiopia. And day three, I presented the knowledge of meeting in ordered council that I had picked up in Zimbabwe. All the ideas were well recieved, and the response was strictly positive. It was nice to be preaching to the choir. I didn't have to explain so much. The participants recieved certificates of attendance.
Thursday morning, Maurice and I went down to Awasa to buy tilapia for his mom. It was easy enough to get to the lake. I felt bad that the fisherman increased the price when they saw me with Maurice. I think it worked out in the end
Later that day, sister Tibebwa and her co-worker showed up to the slide show. Afterwards, we had much to reason about, but they were rushing to the hot springs, so I went with them. The springs were nice at night, though with all the artificial light, the stars were faint. We eventually had the whole place to ourselves, and stayed at a nice, but cheap, hotel down the hill from the springs. We exchanged a few contacts. I learned of a sister trying to get Midnite to play in Shashamane, a place teaching permaculture in Addis Ababa called Biofarm, and a brother in Mombasa also practicing permaculture. Tibebwa is now on her way to Mombasa to visit him, and I may see her when I get back there next week.
The food here in Ethiopia is so nice and natural, especially living with Jamaicans. My family makes gallons of sorrel weekly. This is a drink common in Jamaica, made of sorrel (rumex acetosa), ginger, lemon and sugar. I'm also served herbal (lemongrass and mint) teas daily. I eat fried fish almost every day, usually with rice and red beans, salad and a red sauce. The sauce is red because of the berbere. It is the most common spice, used here by everyone; berbere is made of red pepper, salt, ginger, garlic, black cumin, anise, etc. Generally, people make their own with their own twists. Some people prefer the simpler and hotter mithamithe, usually made of just red pepper, salt, garlic and ginger. I'll try to ship some back.
Last night, I hung out with the d.j.'s at the Twelve Tribes Headquarters. They have an amazing collection of vinyl, including plenty of l.p.'s and at least 150 45's. I was hearing and seeing records that can't be found anymore. That's not to mention that they have one of the heaviest sound systems I've heard. I'm amazed there's enough power to fire it. I skanked late into the night.