Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Day 4: Sunday, June 9th:
This day was the most magical, special day of our whole trip. I woke up feeling better than ever, after feeling sick the day before. In retrospect, I realize I was dehydrated. Anyway, once again we had an early start to our day! Our guide and driver picked us up and first up was a hippo boat ride! Our hotel was right on Lake Awassa and just north of the hotel is where the hippos live! Our hotel actually offered hippo boat rides but our guide informed us they where way overpriced! So we took little drive to another part of the lake and began our little adventure. We had a wonderful tour guide, Abraham, and his helper who helped bail the water out of the boat when it crept in!

Our guide & his assistant
Me & Chris
Justin & Ali, our travel buddies!
Hungry hungry hippos!!
The Haile Resort, our hotel while we were in Awassa & Shashemene
Many people were out and about today!

After our ride we saw some other animals, these ones were much safer. We got to feed them peanuts!

After our hippo ride we were supposed to go shopping but the shops were closed because it was Sunday. We had a change of plans and we toured a local coffee farm. For those of you that don't know, Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee or "buna."

               Coffee farmers & their families

After lunch, we stopped for buna & macchiatos (our afternoon tradition) and toured a couple of hotels so we could give our agency other recommendations. We saw a few wedding celebrations as well, it was really awesome!

Finally it was time to go see our sweet boy again!! We had a wonderful visit with him and he fell asleep in my arms!

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