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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Souvenirs from Ethiopia/ 10. roundabout

Traffic flows a bit different in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia's capitol). You scoot your way into the fray and push your way past everyone else. A driver is always on the look out for people crossing the road. As we were driving the interstate to the airport on our last night there, people were jumping over the side and running across as fast as they could. Abebe said something about the Chinese making the interstate and that they didn't build enough bridges over the road for people to cross and get home. So instead of walking out of their way, the risk their lives to get home sooner. Notice that an old car is right beside a new one. I noticed this a lot in Addis. Modern items like computers, internet, and cell phones are juxtaposed against primitive things like carts pulled by horses and mules. The ancient and modern coincide.

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