Mark and I decided to get out of the city today and go see the countryside. Our friend and driver with AWAA, David, came along and we headed to The Blue Nile Gorge about 2 hours outside of Addis Ababa. This gorge holds a river that feeds into the Blue Nile eventually, and it is loaded with baboons, lush plants, and three waterfalls.
The trip up there was fast and so incredibly beautiful. The highlands of Ethiopia are a remarkable sight. We constantly took pictures as the scenery became more and more beautiful. Zane slept about an hour of the two hour trip up there, and he didn't get car sick (a fear of mine)! About 30 minutes from the gorge, we stopped at a woman's house (hut) and asked to come in to see how people in the country live. She was very generous to let us come inside her home, meet her family, and tour her property. Here are some pictures of the drive up, and our new friend from the country:
So, we taught Zane what the cow says on the trip up there because there are cows EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately "Moo" became his new favorite word, and that was all he wanted to say for the rest of the trip.
Zane was fully aware of his surroundings. As an observant naturalist already, he pointed out other baboons hiding in the rocks, the water cutting into the valley, the flowers that grew from the mint plants, and many other sights. He was enthralled.
We finished our outing with traditional food, tibs, shero, injera, and reluctantly approached the car to return to Addis. Zane slept the entire way home (PERFECT!), and we silently soaked in the scenery once more.
Mark and I were so happy to have the experience of the country to share with Zane when he gets older. We want him to know how beautiful his country is, and how incredible the people are. Today was about more than getting out of town, it was about understanding what makes Ethiopia such a unique country and being able to share that with our son was an experience of a lifetime.