Life on the Ethiopian Roads
• Life on the Ethiopian Roads
You have seen somewhere plugs from cows and goats, street racing on donkeys and children with guns, who were watching the car on the roadside? Welcome to Ethiopia, here it is above the roof
And in general, do not be surprised header. The world really is a place where the road along which concentrated a huge reservoir of life.
Roads in Ethiopia do not belong to the machines. They are very, very small. The roads are owned by cows, sheep, donkeys and their mahouts, carts, beggars ... In general, all of anybody, but not cars, so few of them on the local roads compared with that of other "mansions".
In fact, far from each country would like to make a similar story about what they found ...
It is a local federal highway: narrow, completely deserted and a pretty decent finish. A typical picture of Ethiopian on the road. The ultimate in terms of lack of machines.
Because a typical picture, that when the road is packed with cattle.
Moreover, no one is trying to drive away the cows on the side of the road when he saw the car. Drover and the signal is completely useless.
He only okinet you scornful look and a maximum of something shout out their cows. Circle herd on the side for yourself.
Cows are more important than machines.
traffic congestion in the Ethiopian tradition, you will not see. But the cow and goat cork - easily.
And here a great number of carts, in which drawn by donkeys. That is what is the main means of transport in the south of Ethiopia. And sometimes they arrange a very real catch. Just as we have hot southern guys on understated "PRIOR".
Donkey sedan, eggplant ...
The counter flow ...
In general, to observe a variety of lineup donkey carts in the country - a real pleasure.
Sometimes they come across perky crews.
It is surprising that in such a densely populated and poor country like Ethiopia, rather poorly distributed motorbike.
And, as in the province and in the capital ...
In the towns the Ethiopians move or on donkeys or on foot, or here on these buses loaded with sacks.
Many people are walking from town to town, from village to village, between which can be 20 km or more.
Roadside vendors charcoal. They cut savanna trees, burn them in the recycling of coal and sold in large bags right on the highway.
On charcoal in Ethiopia decided to cook the famous coffee.
The usual pattern for Ethiopia. Breastfeeding can be seen everywhere.
You can see how someone always something drags along the road from God knows where and who knows where ...
Sometimes you can see how the children, distilled on the way cattle or just hanging out on the side of the road when he saw the car start to shake a leg very special and funny dances.
So they are trying to earn 5-10 Birr.
Roadside arms dealer. Armed and very dangerous.
Sometimes you can even find such characters.
And again endless little beggars. Sometimes they are ready to go all the legs to run barefoot on the rocks of a passing car, hoping to get some money.
Some banana and mango plantations drivers were watching traders fruit.
Prices here are a penny.
But if you stop to buy fruit, have almost too much to fend off pesky kids, because you buy only one or two, the rest will be wildly indignant about it.
Road landscapes of southern Ethiopia. The roads are not always good ...
One day we even got in the tropical rain. I could not see anything at all.
Our driver kept going, not stopping, but it is locked.
In the vicinity of Jinky we got in at the stream of people who sent this morning to the local market.
The boy is selling goat.
People go to the market
In general, in the morning the roads are often clogged with cattle and wagons rushing to sell and buy
What sort of car? Donkeys and chaise.
The water in Ethiopia - the real problem. Some have to carry it or wear very far away. Yellow cans you see here just everywhere.
Ethiopian SUV. Donkey and chaise ... spare wheel. Just like adults machines ...