Today, after sleeping in until 11am, we ventured out into Addis Ababa. We walked along Bole Street which is a main street with lots of shopping just one block from our Guest House. It was raining off and on, so I was glad I brought our unbrellas. We had some St George's beer at a nearby restaurant and the kids had milkshakes. They were very impressed. Dad tried to pay the bill with a credit card. The waiter was a little confused and thought dad was giving him a gift. He thanked Dad and then, after reveiwing the detail on the credit card, put it in his own wallet. Dad, realizing that he wasn't getting it back, called him back over and tried to explain. He did end up with his credit card and just paid the bill in birr.
We had dinner at a very nice place called Canaan's Restaurant and Pizza. The kids ordered lamb wtih injera and Mike (of course) had Dora Wat. Patrick and Mike both had Pizza for dessert! The kids got a quick lesson on how to use toilets when there is no running water. Their journal stories are hilarious! Everyone was in bed early in the hopes of being better rested today.
I am attaching pictures of the taxi ride from the airport with the luggage piled on top, and of our walking trip and dinner last night.