Here we are again, in our beloved freetown 100 km from Addis. The driver picked us up at home yesterday afternoon and after 2,5 hours we finally reached Ambo and our hotel. We spent the evening at the hotel, having dinner and then relaxed to get some new energy for today and an effective day of studying. And effective it was! We woke up early and took a table in the beautiful garden outside. Suddenly it came three rabbits on the ground and cute, little birds were singing in the trees. A totally okey environment to study in
And you know what?! Me and Josie are going to be ethiopian moviestars! An ethiopian director, Serawit Fikre, famous from the movie Hiroshima, is doing a new film about the olympic games. Our american friend, Collin, is a professor in sports and heard about the movie and that they needed extras for a scen in the big Stadium. So we called Lenny, a LA-guy who collects extras for the scen, and now Josie is going to be a runner and I’ll be in the crowd together with Collin and some of our other friends. Cool!
The only problem is the 5 kilos the camera put on and the fact that Josie hasn’t been running anything at all the last three months and now is playing an olympic athlet. Great! To solve this little detail we are now going on a strict diet: omelet, soup, coffee and water with lime. Today we also started running. In Ambo. Very special and not like anything I’ve ever experienced before. We put on some training clothes and walked outside the city. Then we found a smaller street and began our adventure. And an adventure it was! We ran out on the fields and through some groups of children and grazing cattle. I felt almost like we were running a marathon, besides the fact that we had been running for 15 minutes and were already exhausted… Anyway, we did it and tomorrow we’ll do it again, even better!
And when we speak about movies, we went to cinema in Friday. We visited Edna Mall in Tele Bole. Its a big cinema, almost as good as the best ones in Sweden with about 100 seats and a big screen. The chairs were really nice and comfortable and the sound was so good! A fantastic experience of ethiopian cinema, something to do again! We watched the new movie Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. It was so good and I really liked it, and so did Josie…… The best part was that it only cost 45 birr = 18 SEK!
Yesterday morning, before we went to Ambo, we were in Merkatu, Africas biggest market. Sarina were with us to help us find material and make us some beautiful prom dresses and Josie also made a black suit. The material for a dress cost about 300 birr and to make the dress cost 500, so all together for a hand made prom dress: 800 birr = 320 SEK. Totally worth it!
Now we are sitting in the restaurant at our hotel and having tea. We’ve just had dinner – soup as usual, and now we’ll go up to watch a movie and get some break from all the studies. Tomorrow the car is picking us up at 8 am to go to Gudar and collect the last data. Then we are going back to the university to discuss our project with Chala and hopefully get some usefull feedback on our work.