"It's a dangerous business, going out your door.
You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet,
there's no knowing where you might be swept off to..."
--J.R.R. Tolkein

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Interlude

Journeywoman will be featuring a series of posts about my recent trip over the border into Ethiopia. Don't miss the following quotes and highlights:

"You know a trip is going to go well when your cell phone falls out of your pocket and into the appallingly disgusting hole in the floor that serves as a toilet."

"I try to take my seat as inconspicuously as possible, only to have the guy sitting in the other set give me the standard entrance interview for sexual harassment..."

"We unrolled the sleeping bags that we had rented from the base camp, only to find flimsy, 70's-era models that would be about as useful as indoor blankets. The temperature was dropping rapidly, as often happens when one is on top of a mountain and the sun is setting. It was going to be one hell of a long night..."

"Why the hell are we tramping through this field? I thought the path went that way!"

"Nicole and I huddled in the taxi, while Nathaniel went to duke it out with the mobsters. I expected the punches to start flying any minute. Oh hey look, the police are here..."

And let's not forget:

The beautiful city of Harar, drinking my first beer in four months, four cups of coffee each morning, actual FOOD, a day-long bus ride to Addis Ababa with a reeeeally sketchy guy, meeting up with old friends and making new ones, a traditional tej beat, my 50-mile hike up north (did I say hike? I meant 'death march.'), playing Lord of the Rings at the castle at Gonder, getting scammed at Bahir Dar and then nearly getting arrested in Addis as a result, and finally getting trapped in a village on the Somali border as a guy (who claims to be 'Special Forces') is trying to follow me into my hotel room

Needless to say, I had a whole slew of wacky adventures, and I can't wait to write about them! Stay tuned...