As I write this post the day before its release I sit in my room in Barcelona feeling the mild discomfort of what I believe to be the coldest temperature during the daytime we've had so far this winter, 9C; but that's only because of the temporary cloud cover. When the sun is given space to pour its rays down upon us the temperature rises to about 12C - 14C, which is lovely for ambling about the barri picking up groceries & taking in the communal ambience.
This week then I bring to you another selection of images taken from the streets of Addis Abeba & beyond its periphary. At the very moment I write this, the sun radiates a comforting 23C into the Ethiopian winter.
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I still have many photographs, untouched on my hard drive, taken whilst on my trip within Ethiopia during 2 weeks in November 2014. Hundreds of them were taken from car windows as we made slow progress to wherever our destination lay, within or around Addis Abeba.
Beginning on the edge Addis Abeba, Ethiopia's capital city, lies the country's first expressway, built by Chinese industry & funded by the Ethiopian Government in conjunction with a Chinese bank. It took approximately 4 years to construct its 84km (52mile) length terminating at Adama. Chinese industry is currently instrumental in upgrading infrastructure around the capital, including its first rail line.
Animals still play an important role in everyday life in Ethiopia, even in the cities. Horses & donkies are primarily used for transportation of goods to market, but are also used with carts as taxies in more suburban areas; sometimes they are seen left lame by the roadside. Goats are primarily reared for their hides, meat & milk.
I have no idea how safe Ethiopian building construction techniques are, but I don't remember seeing much metal scaffolding during my excursions.
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