Sunday, October 28: Ed and I wake up early this morning for our 3-hour drive to Lake Langano, south of Addis Ababa. I feel better today, after being sick all day yesterday. I think it’s because I discontinued that malaria medicine and it’s finally clearing out of my system. I still don’t feel perfect, but there is a noticeable improvement.
Once we escape the crowds, dirt, and poverty that swarm around us everywhere in Addis, we suddenly emerge into beautiful countryside. I’m amazed at how stunning Ethiopia’s landscape is, with its acacia trees, tukul huts that rise naturally out of the land, undulating hills and patchwork of greens and golds. I could fall in love with Africa.
After about two hours, we pass through an area that is more dry and arid than the first 2/3 of the drive. It’s not nearly so pretty here, but it still has its charms, with the locals, dressed in mismatched colorful clothing, always in motion along the dusty roads. Many of them are burdened with some kind of load, carrying firewood or sacks of grain on their heads or backs.
When finally we get to the turn-off to Bishangari Lodge, the eco-lodge where we will stay, we have a very rough drive over a bumpy dirt track for about 15 kilometers. It’s slow going, but this is where we see rural Ethiopians prodding their livestock along, sitting outside their tukul huts, or just playing in the dirt. We also pass cool trees, cacti, flowers and birds. We even see a goat up on a fallen tree, having a bit of lunch.
It turns out that Lake Langano is my favorite part of Ethiopia.