I’d had an amazing first day in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
I was sitting with some locals in a corrugated metal shack in the back of a ramshackle shop where women were making , a mild stimulant leaf that is slowly chewed on the side of your mouth with a handful of peanuts.
I looked to see a giant tortoise, as big as a Galapagos turtle, making his way across the lawn.
The source of the noise was two more of the creatures locked in conjugal embrace.
He modernized the country, united various tribes throughout the nation which had previously warred with each other, successfully defended Ethiopia's independence in a war with Italy, and is widely regarded to have restored the ancient kingdom's power. When my new friends walked back up the stairs, I thought they were heading out for a smoke break—but when I walked outside the church, they were nowhere to be found.
Women clothed in white with scarves lined the halls burning incense and chanting.They spoke pretty good English, so I let them do some camera intros for my video series.We arrived at the museum, took off our shoes, and entered what looked to be a church.I’d been taken years ago in Thailand in a gemstone con and have made a point since then to distrust most any stranger I meet.There’ve been a dozen attempts to trick me over the years, with most going south for the scammers.
I was told that it was a holiday and that they weren’t busy with school so they’d walk with me.