Just when we thought we could sleep in… At 540 a dull distant drone call to prayer (Christian?) out over the valley below our campsite at the Ghona Hotel. So much for sleeping in on the second rest day! We all needed it too as the stomach bug has now hit most everyone. I am recovering but still taking it easy.
A few of us caught tuk-tuks into town for 20 birre (about $1) to enjoy the cappuccino at the same cafe as yesterday and then a progressive breakfast… omellettes, fresh squeezed avocado/mango juice, pastries, and more cafe! We left the food long enough to roam around the Adiam Seghed Iyasu’s Castle and grounds (1682). It was suprisingly intact and had the original tool marks in the wood floor planks and doors.
On the way out, we were stopped by a young man requesting us to transcribe the story of the traditional Ethiopian tea ceremony. He was putting together a tourist guide and although he spoke excellent English, he was not confident of his written words. It was enjoyable to sit on the bench and hear him describe how the woman of the house buys the green beans, brings them home to clean and roast over a fan-fed flame. The beans are cooled and then ground by mortar and pestle (the sound brings the neighbors to the door:) The powder is then added to boiled water and allowed to simmer. When it is ready, the cafe is poured into little handle-less glasses set on a special table, aka a coffee table!
The remainder of the day was spent doing bike maintenance, emails, and finishing up an interesting Australian book, Cloudstreet. Ready to get back on the bike tomorrow.