Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 5

No Water Ziway Ethiopia Brothers Hotel

No Water Ziway Ethiopia Brothers Hotel
I must be missing the queue; the country of Ethiopia has some new challenges. I am in the Brothers Hotel here in Ziway, maybe pronounced Zee Why, and spelled numerous ways in English.

It is 7:53 am in the morning and there is no water to take a shower.

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Ziway, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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I thought I was being clever; I turned on the Hot Water heater at about 6:00 am, set the clock timer in the Verizon Blackberry for 30 minutes and was waiting for the water to heat.

I thought I was smart; I was smart enough to turn on the electric hot water tank so I would have a nice hot water shower.

Oops, there is no water, so forget the shower.

The Wanza Hotel in Addis, Ababa had the same stupid hot water tank system, however, had water 24 hours per day and cost 12 dollars per day, as the 8-dollar rooms were never available.

The Sayprus Hotel in Mojo did not have hot water and the water stopped at about 9:00 am… hmm, I am not sure, I would always fill up my bucket with water in the morning. I would then heat the water and take a Hot water shower. Yes, I would fill up the bucket after the shower; therefore, there was water at least until 10:00 am, and then no water until about 6:00 pm. More or less if you get up early you can take a shower, if you take a late shower you are ok, however showers during the day are not possible unless you did like me and filled up the bucket.

The Saypres Hotel in Mojo was three dollars, I was not expecting as much.

Now, I am I the Brothers Hotel, what the Lonely Planet says is by far the best Hotel in Ziway and there is no water.

Black People, they have no hair, if they do not take a shower they look the same, they just stink, I see the problem. I shower half for vanity and half to smell good, the black people here in Ethiopia shower to smell good and trust me, and many do stink.

I am paying double of Saypres here at the Brother Hotel here in Ziway and there is no water for a shower.

The electricity went off at about 7:00 pm last night and stayed off most of the night. I watched a movie with my computer battery and I have three Candles.

Hmm, this was great for their bar business, they had a generator and people went to drink and eat.

Well, a great lead in to explaining a Hot Water Tank shower system travel tip…

Toilets And Showers, -

No Water Ziway Ethiopia Brothers Hotel


Ziway Ethiopia 1650 Meters

Ziway Ethiopia 1650 Meters
Here is a map showing my present location.



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Ziway, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is about 2500 Meters above sea level, at this altitude you are the same as Bogota, Colombia, Quito Ecuador an Cusco, Peru. Where I am located now in Ziway, Ethiopia at 1650 meters is about the same as Panajachel, Guatemala or maybe Baguio, Philippines. Normally when you combine about 1500 meters above sea level and place in the Tropics the environment is great.

Urbanization has presently killed this city, however in the future it should be quite enjoyable.

The main street of the city is under construction. I am in a dust bowl, the stone here maybe is a volcanic rock, when it is smashed into gravel it makes an annoyingly small sand particle. This sand floats in the air as particulate matter and makes breathing difficult.

The main roads of Ethiopia are excellent; all the small feeder roads are this pumice type dust road. A great base for an asphalt or concrete road I would suppose, however for general enjoyment of the city it is the pits, truly a man made dust bowl environment.



Do you like the little smiley faces on the map, it makes it easier to understand?

Ziway Ethiopia 1650 Meters


Ethiopia Participant Travel

Ethiopia Participant Travel
I do not enjoy being ignored, and even worst is mockery; there is a language gap between Ethiopia people and me. Because I do not speak the Amharic language, I am not able to participate well in this country.

I am an outsider; I will forever be the foreigner unless I learn the Amharic language. This is not a difficult people, they do accept me.

At first, I thought English was the language of business here, however, now I realize Ahmaric is the language of business. English if of little value in the country of Ethiopia, more of status or fashion statement, and a way to demonstrate a person is clever. English has little functional need in this country.

Hmm, I can see I need to refine my definition of the “Language of Business.”

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Ziway, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Bottom line, I am not prepared now to learn the Amharic language, I do not have a dictionary, I did not know I needed one.

Hmm, again, I am confusing the issue, Ethiopia is an extremely easy country so far, and I believe this country has to be one of the simplest countries on the planet to travel.

I can get transportation and a room with zero problems and because the average room is less than 10 Dollars, there is almost never a budget problem. I am in the Brothers Hotel here in Ziway, a great room for 5 US. Dollars and 50 cents, this is 55 Birr.

I cannot participate in the country, I can only stand back and look at people. Yes, I can find a man who wishes to sell me something or wishes to ask me never ending silly questions without a true meeting of the minds.

To participate I need to meet these people half way and learn Ahmaric, I enjoy learning about the people of a country, and I do not enjoy looking at them as a tourist attraction. It feels impolite to treat humans as a tourist attraction, if I cannot participate in their lives, have a conversation of substance, and then I feel impolite.

The reverse is true; the people here cannot talk with me, therefore after a very short time the situation evolves to mockery. More or less, we must just laugh it off, we do not understand each other, so we can make fun of each other, we can laugh, or we can leave.

I am not sure I have made it clear, this is like a small rock desert here, and there is a dusty hot and unfriendly patch of earth. It may be more comfortable at other times of the year, but right now, it is a dust bowl.

I have about zero desire to sit around learning a language with people living in a dust bowl. Everyone says the north of the country is better, and I think they are correct.



Ethiopia Participant Travel


Video of Ethiopia Metal Forge

Video of Ethiopia Metal Forge
At the back of the Mojo, Ethiopia market is an area where men are heating metal, then pounding into various type of tools.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Man pounding metal into shapes on an anvil.


I consider it one of my great travel experiences to watch men forge metal into tools, as I travel the world I often realize how little I know of the history of the world.

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Video of Ethiopia Metal Forge


Animal Skins in Mojo Ethiopia Market

Animal Skins in Mojo Ethiopia Market
I believe these are photos of the animal hides or skins, maybe of Horses and Cows here in Mojo, Ethiopia. The people in the market seldom speak English, I can take the photo, however to learn specifically what I am photographing can take days to feel certain. Yes, someone will agree with me, if I say,
“Is this a Horse Hide?”

However to know for sure, they must volunteer the information, and then I must double-check their English.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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There appears to be two types of skins or hides here, I believe the wrinkled ones are Horse and the more organized ones are cows. It is also possible they are goats, but they seem big for a goat.


It is possible these skins are donkeys also, I have to be lucky to just walk up and ask and learn the answers.



Leather, skins, pelts, there is a big Tannery Business thriving in Ethiopia and they say is polluting the streams. I have seen no good leatherwork done here in Ethiopia yet in my travels.

Economics, - Jobs, - Animals, -

Animal Skins in Mojo Ethiopia Market


Map of Mojo to Ziway Ethiopia

Map of Mojo to Ziway Ethiopia
I am on a path that lead from Addis Ababa to Kenya, Africa, the next city of any size appears to be Ziway, I believe pronounced,
“Zee Why.”

I tend to think the Lonely Guidebook has made a nothing lake into a something lake just to have something to write about.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Mojo, Ethiopia has running water; they have a public water system that gives chlorinated water to all the homes and businesses. This in a way makes Mojo a Truck stop and not a Village, Water is needed for the natural settlement of people, where there is no water, and life is strange. (Oops Las Vegas, Nevada.) The cultures develop in strange ways and in many ways confused.

A lake is a big deal when you are surround by dust, however that does not mean the lake is something special. If my instincts are working correctly, Lake Ziway is just a lake in the middle of dry area of land with a lot of goats and donkeys.

You can glamorize it all you want; this type of lake is an oversized mud puddle. I hope I am wrong.

This is what I am anticipating, when a person feels they are surrounded by mud puddles, they tend to find big hotels or increase the speed of travel. I know when I am longing to live in a nice clean Hotel; I am trying to avoid the country.

I expect the trip to Zee Why will take about three hours.

The spelling of English words in Ethiopia is not helping me travel; I must continue check the pronunciation. Fortunately, I can hold up the printed PDF file page of the Lonely Planet Guidebook and it has the word Ziway written in the Ethiopian language Amharic, pronounced Ah-Mar-ee.

Maps, - Routes or Itineraries, -

Map of Mojo to Ziway Ethiopia


Count Your Money In Front Travel Tip

Count Your Money In Front Travel Tip
There are no computers here in Mojo, Ethiopia to compute the correct change and people can make honest and dishonest mistakes.

However, anywhere you go on the planet you need to count the change given to you in front of the person who gave you the change.
IF you are tourist, then for damn sure you had better count your change in front of the person, the world knows tourists are soft targets.

However, in Africa the people believe.
“White people do not care about money.”

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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There is a cultural belief that rich people do not care about money, I tend to think they care more about money more than the poor do. Rich people want to appear high status and these conflicts with other desires.

This belief that rich people do not care about money is reinforced because people do not want to appear cheap Therefore the rich people in their desire to appear high status often refuse to count money in front of people and this makes them a soft target.

Gong, this is bad decision, anywhere on the planet, anywhere you travel on this small greedy little planet as a tourist, you need to count your change.

People who deal with Tourist learn they are stupid, I do not care which country, religion, culture, color or stupidity level, the locals learn how to cheat the tourist.

When I receive change, I count it in front of the person, I want to demonstrate and prove a few points.

1. I care about money, it is important to me.
2. I am checking their math.
3. I will not allow them to cheat me.
4. I do not trust them.

This is NOT flashing your cash, you have already shown your money your money when you gave the money to the person, you cannot hide the amount of money given to the person.

Ethiopia has a dishonest habit of keeping the change unless you demand they give it to you, you must ask how much, and demand your change here in Ethiopia.



Count Your Money In Front Travel Tip


Paypal.com Shut Me Off in Ethiopia

Paypal.com Shut Me Off in Ethiopia
I went to pay Boy Genius with Paypal.com here in Ethiopia and the Paypal.com system shut off, it will not function.

Paypal.com appears to have registered that my Internet computer IP address was from Ethiopia. It made the decision that this was impossible and cancelled the transaction.

This happened in Cambodia a few years ago and it truly an annoying thing to happen.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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I now have to perform five evaluation functions to prove or demonstrate that the account has not been compromise or accessed by criminals.

It is a computer bureaucracy and lacking in people, I am dealing with a computer algorithm that demands I live in the USA or it does not want to work unless I can prove I am in the USA. The machine is going to call my parent house in the USA and I must pick up immediately. How am I supposed to pick up the telephone in the USA when I am in Ethiopia traveling? I now have to call my Parents and tell them, Paypal.com is going to call you in 2 minutes, please answer and pretend you are me.

I do not know, I think you have to lie to computers, there is no way a computer can understand the truth and real people are too stupid. Truly, a catch 22, if you think about it, if I said Ethiopia to a person from the USA, they probably would think I was in Europe.

If the phone were picked up, it would probably be answered by someone in India who knows less about the world than an American does. The Europeans are just as stupid; however, Africans invade them while Latinos or Mexicans invade America.

Living On The Road, - Money, - Wire Money, -

Paypal.com Shut Me Off in Ethiopia