Friday, 20 April 2018 – Day 8: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8.9806° N, 38.7578° E)
Selamat, Tena yistilign and welkem from Ethiopia…We have made the successful transition from Asia to Africa and picked up two-and-a-half hours in our jet-stream wake.
Coast of Africa & Somalia
Not so funny a story…the day I booked our DEL-ADD airline tickets the government of Ethiopia declared a “state of emergency” after the sitting prime minster resigned under a siege of political uncertainty. They have a new PM and all is good. So, know that we are all safe and in a safe place today two months later. But yes, they are having a little political turmoil here, democratic growing pains really in the form of protests and disruptive strikes, in some restive regional states most notably in the underrepresented Oromo and Amharas ethnic areas, but here in the capital Addis Ababa, all is calm. They are working on it…
We are here in Ethiopia for two nights and staying at the Radisson Blu Addis Ababa. We are at an elevation of about 7,816 feet…a little higher than Denver.
Old Business: we have gone over all the peer reviewed DEL Leg (Par 4) scores…(Scavenges completed & strategic Bonuses)
6th Buckeye Terriers
5th NOLA Secondline
4th Team Tuna
3rd Leo & The Crab
2nd Sonoma County Strong who did really well in the heat and craziness that is India
1st SLO Folks – did it again with two BIG Bonus do’s…27 scavenges and accumulating almost 1400 points.
So, now the overall leaders after two legs (par 7 of 24 completed)…the overall top 3 teams are
3. Leo & The Crab
2. Sonoma County Strong
1. SLO Folks
Three-Things I Learned from the Indian Leg: India gives more than it takes; people love great hotels; and SLO Folks are building a BIG cushion for what is to come….
Addis Ababa brief…smiles still!
Congrats to all… let’s move to the here and now, India was so yesterday!
New News: Ethiopia will be a simple Par 2…with more than 30+ scavenges…1 mandatory…and a few bonus scavenges…transportation will be tricky here. Scavenges include:
-Locating the world’s oldest human “Lucy”
-Navigating and negotiate Africa’s largest open-air market
-Locating something commemorating Bob Marley
-Catch an Ethiopian sunset high atop a nearby mountain
It’s the faces, always the faces, that move you
House of Abbot Libanos
Odd Observation…leaving Delhi I noticed a Garuda airline jet on the tarmac—Indonesia’s national carrier—and it struck me: How does Garuda airline’s Hindu and Buddhist symbol go over in the largest Muslim nation on the planet?
The original lost tribe…or the original apostles, pick’em.
I am out to price check some khat…film at 11.