Rest day in Gondor, part I.
I awoke feeling well and rested after 10 hours of sleep under the pine trees and stars. Sleeping in to 7 was a treat and following it with a café and real milk on the terrace was almost civilizedJ. But, Jorg, Ryan, and I decided to try the local food in the town instead of staying up here on the hill. A short 20 birre (about 1 dollar) tuk-tuk ride to the Ethiopia hotel and a REAL Italian café!
The Italians briefly occupied Ethiopia (although it was proudly never a colony) and their influence is everywhere. In the café was an old Pavoni espresso machine and hanging were Italian glass light fixtures. The donkeys and tuk tuks and taxis roll over cobblestoned streets next to tin clad shacks. We drank semi-proper cappuccini, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vegetable omelets. We wandered the streets for a restock at the grocery store of toilet paper, peanuts, and chocolate… then to the fruit vendor for bananas and oranges… then to the bread lady for rolls and donuts. We wandered up to Delicious Pastries for FRESH mango juice over avocado juice – yummmmmm!!
The TdA group is pretty funny – when we get to a rest day we are excited about eating a new food every hour, finding internet cafes, laundry services, and bike cleaning – this tour strips life down to the essentials!