|Up at 6am to catch a ride to the busyard!|
We packed up and hopped on the "chicken buses" home. After a "nice" 12 hour ride, including a run-in with Samuel Jackson....or his hilariously ridiculous look-alike who haunts the bus yards of Hosanna in a cut off t-shirt and a Pulp Fiction-esque Jheri Curl....we arrived back in Addis just in time to grab some burgers and enjoy some good conversation.
The next morning we headed to Sichu, the local foringe hangout with superb food and a fabled double bacon cheeseburger. Well the stories were all on-point: the burger was in attendance...and it was DELICIOUS! We also had a fantastic tomato toast appetizer and a nice tart for dessert. I was very happy with my 24 hour period since our return to Addis. That is, until I got food poisoning later that night. Bah! Of course I went 3 weeks in the jungle, but can't survive 2 days in the city! Well, as Senor Cien put it, "Suck it up fool! We gots dancing to do! The Captain (Morgan) is waiting!" I sucked it up, ironed my shirt and slacks and went a-strutting out to the Ball du Jour, where I met many new friends who would eventually become some of my closest friends in Addis.
We spent the night sitting and laughing mostly. The band was a traditional Irish band, and when I heard their unfortunate rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" I felt I'd had enough and wanted to call it a night. Their horrible singing even sent Senor Cien out of the ballroom to refresh his cup a few more times than we planned. Well, I told him I was ready to go and to meet me out in the lobby. I sat there for about ten minutes, until Cien said something I will never forget. He walked up smiling, put his hand on my shoulder pulling me back toward the ballroom and said with a slightly slurred speech, "Dude, they're playing Fergie! Lets go dance!" Ha! Well, I can't refuse such an invitation. Sure enough the music changed and we were a-dancin' till 4am. Apparently they haven't seen two guys cut a rug like us, and honestly, I haven't had that much fun out dancing and just gallivanting about in a long time.
|This pose was in honor of our favorite youngster out in Kololo, Gazan.|
|The Partaaaaaay before the Party! At the house :)|