Mount Entoto is the highest peak reaching 3,200 meters above sea level and gives you spectacular panoramic views of Addis Ababa (weather permitting). It does also give a well needed escape from the city right on your doorstep.
Our driver drove us straight to the top to the St Marys church where there was a museum with some very old artefacts. The charge to enter the museum and the area was 100Birr, this is a special price for the faranji. You will get this a lot. Today is a Sunday and church has finished so it is very quiet as everyone is at home spending time with their families. Even this priest is finding solitude under the tree as he reads.
As we look around we see It is a very historical place; Menelik II resided and built his palace here over 125 years ago. The palace looks very modest in comparison to the palace which was built in Addis. (no pictures of the current palace as no photography allowed). Even comparing the church on 1877 (1889) to that of St Marys Church which is built next to it you can see the size and effort. The old palace however still has a guard who stands proudly outside.
As we walk down the hill we watch a group of boys singing some traditional songs as they also walk down the hill after playing some football. A joy to listen to their harmonies, much different to the sound of our football chants!!
When the weather improves a return trip will be required, this time we will start at the colourful market and walk all the way up. It is said that Entoto hill is the training ground for athletes like Ethiopian Olympic champion Haile Gebreseleaise. I am positive that i will not be running up the hill with them, but you never know i may spot Ethiopians next champion.
My FAVOURITE WORD this week is “Manalabutt” it means “Maybe”. This may help those who are on my FB for further translations. Others words which are close to the list are; Endemnaderk (good morning, male), Arat (4), and t roo (good), oh and who can forget Misah for Lunch.
Oh and it is still Zinabeu
Watch this space for ‘Ethiopias great run’ and about our best translator who is just 5 years old.