Let me start with a suggestion for my AWAA friends. Take a day and GET OUT OF THE CITY. The city is amazing and wonderful but the country side is sooooo different. We had an incredible day today. Our driver, David, agreed to drive us and another family who is staying in the Guest House out to The Gorge. Happily, Job was able to join us as well! About half way there they stopped at a rural house and the woman who owned it aggreed to let us look around. It was so amazing and sad. I need to process everything we saw a little more before I can go into detail.
After our stop we headed to the Gorge. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! It reminded us so much of the Grand Canyon except at the bottom were farms where people lived. Also, the Grand Canyon doesn't have baboons:) We aquired tour guides in the form of children trying to sell us marble crosses and necklaces. They also wanted anything we could give them. I wound up with a lighter backpack after giving away all my pens, an Ocean City beach pass, and several giraffe pencils. Later we gave away our some sandwhiches and granola bars. I would suggest if you come try and bring some little things you can give away. Pens, pencils, pins, etc. Job told us these kids have nothing and any little thing thrills them.
When we got back we cleaned up and went out to a restaurant called the Beer Graden. The food was really yummy and you could order a giant beer tower with a tap for $8. Our bill for 6 adults and 3 children was 1000 birr which is about $65. To say that things are cheaper here would be a huge understatement!
Our new friend James enjoying the beer tower.
We had a really, really wonderful day. While we missed Ezekiel I'm so glad that we were able to see some of the countryside and make new friends!