On Thursday morning, our family plus three more Varnero faranji hired a driver to take us to Negash Lodge and Wenchi Crater in the Oromia region, about 60 miles southwest of Addis.
Addis is a big noisy bustling place; it felt (and smelled) great to get out into the countryside.
We passed through some smaller towns on the outskirts of Addis.
Then the road took us through a marshland area where we saw many kinds of birds.
We saw farmers tilling their fields with oxen and wooden plows.
Outside of the city, there are more animals and people on foot than there are cars.
In the countryside, people mainly live in round tukels or rectangular buildings made of sticks and mud.
If you stop to take a photo, children crowd around the car. They ask for pens and candy. We didn’t have any pens but we gave them oranges.
Jerry (ICS music teacher) sang songs to this group. They sang one for us in return.