Today being Saturday we made another excursion south – this time to Nazret about 150 km from Addis. The road was the normal crazy overtaking until Nazret but then we turned off for another 40 km through wild scenery to Sodere resort. At Nazret there is a huge new complex owned by a construction company. The town is large with shops and traders everywhere. On the way to Sodere we went past many traditional Ethiopian houses which are round made with clay/mud bricks with thatched roofs. The fields are all growing Tett which is used to bake traditional Ethiopian bread called Injera. The road itself is also used for herding cattle, sheep and goats often by children and as usual people crossing and walking anywhere.
Sodere Resort was full of locals who come for baths and swimming in the hot springs. It is near to the River Awash (I think). People come here and wash themselves as the water is bath temperature, and they feel it is good for them. The Olympic size swimming pool is also bath temperature, which is weird. There were a pack of small monkeys scavenging food and breaking into everyone’s rucksacks. One of them smashed a bottle of Sprite. Later we drove back to Mazret and had a late traditional Ethiopian lunch which you eat with your right hand. Mine was hot spicy shredded beef and Injera bread. I may have tried too many spices as my stomach is now a little queasy! Anyway back to Addis and I have been talked into running in the Millenium Ethiopian run – let’s see how I feel tomorrow morning ! There will be 30,000 people and some Olympic champions for a 10 kilometre run. I will probably have to walk quite a bit as Addis is high!