And here it was, finally! After 2 months the day was finally here, we were going on a field trip!
Wednesday morning, the 20/6 07:00 we were at Sidist Kilo, ready to face the world. The bus was not there, as we had expected, and we decided to wait by the entrance. One of our class mates came, his name is Agena, and he is the president of the graduating committee. We joined him to the student cafeteria to have breakfast and then we went to the other students who were waiting for the bus with madrases and bags all over. After 3 hours the bus finally came – only 3 hours late.. Anyway, the bus was really one of a kind! Imagine the yellow, old school buses you only see in old American high school movies. It looked exactly like that, except that it was green. Cool girls as we are, we placed ourselves in the back of the bus and found out it was the right decision! As soon as we got out from campus the dogs got wild! Hehe.. The guys were singing all kind of funny songs and were dancing the traditional Ethiopian dance with their shoulders. Crazy!
After 8 hours in the bus we finally reached to Hawassa University and the 50 year old city, almost 300 km from Addis. The students were suppose to sleep in dorms, but me and Josie decided to sleep in a Pension instead. Good choice! The dorms had no beds, no shower and only a few toilets. Almost anything.. At least we had a bathroom, even if it only were cold water. But a cold shower is really refreshing in the morning and makes even the most tired person wake up, I promise!
The next day contained almost only going with the bus. We started early from Hawassa and kept going until 4 pm, when we finally reached Arba Minch and the 40 springs. On our way there we only stopped a few times to eat lunch and use the toilets. The guys just go out on the field and do their needs, but we girls cannot really use that method.. Instead we spent almost all our time out from the bus looking for a toilet (or hole). In Zodo, we stopped for lunch and there I experienced the worst toilet ever! We found a small toilet inside a cafe and it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before! A small box of cement with a small door and inside a whole in the ground with all kind of bad things on the floor….. But its not over yet! Out from the whole it came big, white worms. Uhh! However, we didn’t have a choice, it was 3 hours left to Arba Minch and both of us really needed to use the toilet. No chickens are allowed in Ethiopia! Don’t fear ladies…
In Arba Minch the university was placed on the countryside and the dorms were even worse than Hawassa. They had no water at all and only one toilet on the entire campus! Me and Josie decided to join our friends Seid and Israel to their dorms, just to see how it looked like. What we didn’t know was the fact that girls are strictly forbidden at the boys dorms and when we entered the house, 100 guys were starring at us wondering what the @#$% we were doing there. Embarrassing moment!
Friday was a perfect day! We woke up early and left Arba Minch to go and see the national park, crocodile farm and the 40 springs! Our first destination was the crocodile farm and it was kind of hard to see. They raise crocodiles, just to use their skin, and after 4 years in small cement boxes they kill them. After a guided tour, on Amharic, we continued with mini buses down to the national park and the 40 springs. The road down was really uncomfortable but we had fun, singing songs about everything we came up with! The springs were really beautiful and we got another guided tour about the waters way from the springs and out to the city. Then suddenly, two of the guys jumped into the water with only underwear on. Playing as two 10 year old boys. We continued to one of the bigger springs to bath but when we came there we realized that it wasn’t a good idea to jump in there. It was five small boys playing naked in the spring and rather soon our guys had joined them, but at least with underwear. Anyway, we passed swimming! After that we continued our trip back to Hawassa and this time there wasn’t a stop on the craziness. Teddu took a water bottle and emptied under Josies dress – and she wasn’t late to respond. She jumped back on Teddu with the water in her hand and got revenge. The whole bus where laughing and screaming while they were fighting and pretty soon after that all the boys came back and began singing wedding songs. A towel was held over the wedding couple and the boys came with perfume to Josie. So fun! It took about 8 hours to come back to Hawassa and when the darkness came everyone fell asleep; me on Seids shoulder, Josie in my knee sleeping on Teddus arm. Cosie!
Saturday was a day of adventure for shore. It started with a trip to Wondogenet, the hot spring, and there we were swimming and playing for several hours. Most of the guys can’t swim so when they wanted to take photos with us they almost drowned me and Josie when they were hanging on us. The pictures are mostly when we are under the surface… We had a lovely time with swimming lessons, competitions and funny moments. After the wonderful hours in the pool it was time to continue our adventure! We had a great lunch in Hawassa City and then we went to Lake Hawassa. It was a beautiful nature with big, high trees and green grass all over. Monkeys and big birds, think it was storks, were everywhere and it was so fantastic! We placed ourselves under one of the trees and Kebreab wanted to discuss the field trip. It was a familiar environment and me and Josie thanked everyone for letting us join! We really love them all <3 After the discussion and some pictures of the class we decided to go out on the lake by one of the boats. An exciting boat trip with lots of pictures and happy guys! Back on land we took even more pics, everyone wanted pictures together with us and finally it got a bit boring.. Back i Hawassa it was time to get ready for the evening. Me and Josie had dinner together with some of our friends and then we continued to try out Hawassa’s night life. Good night out!
Woke up earlier than we should, considering yesterday’s night. Took a quick, cold shower and went by Budget-taxi to Lewi Restaurant outside main campus. Had a lovely breakfast including omelet, corn flakes, fruit salad, pineapple juice and macchiato, very nice! Later Kebreab and Fikre Maryam joined us and the bus picked us up outside the main gate at 9 am. Everyone was really tired and the way back was kind of calm, compared to rest of the trip. Home in Addis again it was time to say good bye to everyone and it was really sad! Miss all of our wonderful friends and hope to come back in September again! Ouyr lifes are here in Ethiopia!
Antonia & Josefine