The time has finally come for us to say ciao to Ethiopia and begin the long journey home. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Negash Lodge last night! The peaceful environment was a much-appreciated retreat. Each room at the lodge was designed to represent different homes of the regions within Ethiopia. Around the hotel grounds were dozens of monkeys, birds, and some even saw what we believed to be a koala bear. Jeff, Sergio, Jen Del Rio, Yan, and Lauren took a late night swim in the hot spring water. We enjoyed a walk in the village and ride back to the lodge in bajajs, little three-wheeled motorcycle things. We ended our time at the lodge well rested and ready to return to Addis for our flights back.
…but first, we shopped! Nicco escorted our group through the market and for around $20 USD each we were satisfied with our purchases of wooden animals, scarves, knives and clothing. It was a good exercise in bartering although I’m not sure how successful we were. Needless to say, we are now exhausted and looking forward with great anticipation of seeing our family and friends again. We will be arriving into PHX at 7pm Saturday evening, terminal 2. We can’t wait to see you all, and we’re excited to be welcomed by gifts, flowers, singing, etc.
For your love and support during our travels, we thank you endlessly.