Friday, January 16, 2004

I left Israel last night, or this morning rather. I didn't go to the wedding because I got food poisoning from eating some bad cream cookies two nights ago. My stomach was killing me all day, and I threw up three times. But after about 6 hours I felt better again. Hopefully that's the only food poisoning I have to deal with on this trip. It was pretty bad, but it could have been much worse. Luckily I was better before I had to fly.

So right now I'm safely in Addis, actually did get to go out of the airport and didn't have to sit there the whole day. Ethiopian Airlines gave everyone with a long layover a hotel room in the city, so I've been hanging out with a couple of Israelis and a guy from India at the hotel. The one israeli is about 60 and horny as hell...all he talks about are the hookers in Thailand and asks everyone where to find the working girls in Addis. As soon as we got to the hotel he started hitting on a group of cleaning ladies. Definitely a character. The girls here are really beautiful though.

We all got a cab and took a tour around the city for an hour for only $5. It's a pretty crazy city...there are some nice buildings but a block away from the nice areas are shanty towns. We drove through the market, which the guide said is the largest market in africa. I took a few pictures, but they were all from inside the cab, so they didn't come out too well. This is definitely the poorest city i've ever been to...there were people herding donkeys through crowded streets and busy intersections and I saw a guy dragging a pet monkey along on a leash. Everywhere I look there are people sitting around seemingly doing nothing. Seeing the city was definitely an experience, and I'm glad I got to take a short tour.


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