One could say that every time you step foot in public transportation overseas it’s just that – an adventure. Today, my task was to take my team from our guest house to the office by public transport. I have gone back and forth from the office a couple of times, although only once (maybe?) from the guesthouse to the office. But hey, one has to learn at some point right? So I gathered my “ducklings” and we set out.
We started off by grabbing a minibus to take us to the first stop – Piazza. My choice wasn’t that great as it wasn’t the official blue and white minibus, but I’d been on others like that so I didn’t think much about it. But I was “forced” to sit up front and the one man with us was separated from the other two ladies. Some suspicious activities later we were told to get off but we still possessed all our belongings (the man was the one they tried to take the wallet from). A kind man got off as well and asked if we were ok and had everything and told us he had the tag number and would report them. (Ethiopians have been extremely helpful!)
We caught another bus and made it to Piazza where it took me a little bit to figure out where the bigger busses were. Once I realized it was the “bus stop” I found the number I knew we needed and got us all on. Only to have the entire trip from guest house to office take 2 hours as we hit traffic. A large truck had broken down and turned the road into a one way. We made a quick change to a minibus and arrived at the restaurant where our other teammates were waiting. We were grateful to make it and eat as we had skipped breakfast to have brunch….that turned into lunch! But B found the macchiato delicious and finished two (they’re small) so it was a good end.
Coming back was much smoother. B spotted the bus I was looking for and we actually had seats for the hour trip back! We made it back to Piazza and we quickly found the minibus we wanted. Although the entire time I pretty much had no clue how much each portion of the ride cost us, so the last leg we paid twice because the fare collector didn’t get my location and sign that it was “just past.” (honestly, the whole trip probably cost us each maybe $2)
We settled to eat dinner out since New Year is on the 11th and we’re not sure if restaurants will be open and might be stuck eating Ramen for a few days. I settled for pizza (my one American food I’ve allowed..besides “chips”) as it gives extra protein and is more a “complete” meal. *grin* Then we found the hot chocolate…yum!!! We continued our adventure as when we left we tried to find the back way to the guesthouse only to discover it was too dark….so we headed back by our normal route.
Now, I’m tired and ready to settle into a couple of chapters of a book. Right now I’m thankful for my online libraries that keep me company! Thanks, Roomie, for the tablet so I can read!