When you think about Africa, you think about heat, desert, maybe those who realize that South Africa is on the other hemisphere know that it can snow in August. But Ethiopia is actually just 8˚ north of the equator.
What makes Addis Ababa special is that it sits at 2700m altitude, thus it is pretty cold all year round, but none of the houses I have seen have any heating. In the ‘summer’ months it is constantly raining, and 14˚C feels very cold when humidity is 79%
But we are looking forward to Meskel, a major local holiday, which usually marks the end of the rainy season and from then on it is all blue skies. But it hardly ever gets over 19˚C.
e·piph·a·nyiˈpifənē/ noun/ 1. the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).
Time to move on ...
The end of the year is nigh ...
When I was a kid, there were no guards at the school gate, let alone those armed with AK-47s !
The highway is my soccer field.
Meanwhile ... And this is the pre-construction traffic!
To acclimatize to Addis one must first learn to give up control. Failure to do so may result in a total loss of sanity.
Morning commute. Mind you, this is not the country side, this is the city center of Ethiopia's capital!
"Julius, do you want to watch some TV with papa?" "Shhh, I am reading" ...