Going to the market always gives me opportunities to take pictures. There was one gentleman I would have loved to have shot, but when Gebrai asked him, he sternly said no. I didn't have to understand Tigryna to understand "no". As in many cases, I have to remember with my head instead of my camera. In this case, the man was sharpening butcher knives on the street corner with a sharpener powered by a younger guy on a bicycle pedaling furiously. Quite a sight.
|People often grill corn on the cob and sell them on the street corner. Most of the time, it's at night, but on this visit to the market, I saw this woman whose palms of her hands were blackened by the charcoal.|
|Our landlord's wife had me over for a coffee ceremony and her young daughter proudly showed me one of the puppies that had been born a week earlier.|
There was another celebration of Ethiopia's cities held in Mek'ele this week. A huge ceremony with national entertainment as well as a speech from the Prime Minister was held at the stadium that was still under construction so I didn't go but saw it on the television. When I saw the stadium packed, and having seen it still under construction 2 weeks ago - I got chills just thinking how a tragedy could happen if the stadium collapsed.
Gebrai, my bajaj driver, was keen to take me to see some of the venues through the city, but on that day, we had some errands to run for Roger so didn't see much. However, while waiting for a take away lunch at a restaurant, these 3 women who had obviously taken part in the festivities came in and agreed to have their picture taken.
First of all, the date says March 28, 2004 as it is based on Ethiopia's calendar. It cost 29 birr for our tickets (about $1.80), but Gebrai's was 5 birr and mine was 24 birr. That would be faranji pricing. The other interesting thing was they asked what religion I was. Wonder what would have happened if I had put "Druid"?
The museum was really interesting and filled with artifacts from the 1800s as well as much older religious pieces that are several centuries old.
Roger went to both job sites - to Shire in the north, and the Danakil in the east, and took a few pictures.
|Local women selling fruit|
|A full service shoe shine and sock vendor!|
|Beautiful view on the way to Shire in the north|
|When Roger and I went to the Danakil to the jobsite in October, the workers were just starting the dining room. Here, Roger's helper, Lewte, stands in the nearly completed building.|
|Some of the workers playing checkers with pop tops as the markers|
|Wide load -- that poor donkey!|
There are strings of Christmas lights throughout Mek'ele town centre but no other signs of Christmas are around. I better make some shortbread this week!
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