They are currently building the ‘Ring Road’ around Addis Ababa, in some places it is already up and running, in some for some years now and the asphalt is already getting wobbly. But the ring is not finished, which explain some of the areas being without traffic, thus the kids can play soccer at their hearts’ content.
On my way to the north, where I usually never have any reason to go, I found this part of the ring road taken over by pedestrians, beggars camping out there (one of them sleeping with his legs dangerously on the street). And of course the occasional bridges fro foot traffic to cross the highway are widely ignore, people just hop and skip over the 4 - 6 lanes wherever they please. There is a concrete divider about 130cm high, and I even saw someone sleeping on that.
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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 !
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" ...
Here comes the flood ... Local school kids on their way home.