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Day 196 – DHL To The Rescue

5th April 2012


Our camera lens arrived in Addis at ten o’clock, East African Time. DHL had made up for being useless in Nairobi by getting a spurt on in Addis. It first needed clearing but we’d been told it’d be ready by the afternoon. George at the Acropole had e-mailed us back asking for our flight details and dates so that he could arrange transportation from the airport to his $200 per night hotel, we gulped before replying that we’d be driving there and we’d probably be enjoying a dinner date rather than a night of two hundred dollar passion.

Laura nipped out later on to find some alloy wheel nuts and enquire as to where the music had been coming from for the last three evenings. It was an indication of how safe we felt in the city and especially funny when Laura returned to say that she’d been told “I want sex with you... I love you...“ and eventually “Fuck you.” I was relieved by the latter as it clearly meant she hadn’t put out.

Whilst Laura was adventuring I was clearing the camera lens at Addis Airport. The import tax amounted to seventy percent of the lens’ value. I explained that the government were thieves as another clerk took a verbal hiding from an Ethiopian lady who felt similarly.

International electronic communication and commerce had saved the day:
Using the internet to convince an Englishman that we legitimately wanted to buy his wares whilst based in Ethiopia – £3, buying the camera lens on E-bay – £43, getting DHL to collect and ship said lens from London to Addis – £45, Ethiopian customs and excise duty – £30, taking photos of eight hundred year old rock hewn churches and people with unnatural holes in their faces... priceless.

Back at the camp Laura had discovered that the music had been coming from the ‘Expo’ taking place off Meskel Square. We ventured out, ate lentil samosas and had smoothies and then beer and tej while watching local pop acts went hell for leather on stage; the crowd bumping and shaking to every beat.

Posted by ibeamish 10:09 Archived in Ethiopia

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