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Omorate, the end of the line.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Juan and I got an early truck so we had time to check all three of the hotels in Omorate. All the hotels were pretty much identical with the same poor to terrible standards. One was full and one looked like the party place with the big sound system facing the hotel rooms, we so ended up staying at the Park Hotel. The rooms were dirty, the floors the same, they had holey mosquito nets, and the kitchen was right next to the nasty toilet so that was a big plus. We were at the end of the road so to speak, so we just figured a night or two roughing wouldn’t kill us, boy how I regretted that later.
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Photos: Turmi

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

These are shots of the kids around Turmi.

Just arriving in Turmi on Market Day. Because of the same outfits and hair styles, they almost start looking cookie cutter. Me and the girls Me again The cute twins.  These two just walked around and collected money for photos.  Hard to say no.

While out on one of our hikes we ran into these three boys tending to their herd of goats. It was one of my favorite shots.

On one of our hikes we ran into these kids out herding their goats. They were pretty fun to talk to as neither one of us understood each other.

The wax portion of the honey that was left when we filtered out the honey. This was the best part. You toss in a mouth full and chew the wax. The honey gushes out and is oh so good. The locals put hollowed out logs with capped ends high up in the trees and wait for the bees to colonize. They then bring down the logs, smoke them out, and collect the honey. They sell the honey in gords at the market.

One of my happier moments on this section was seeing this tourist Land Cruiser get stuck in the river. They had to pay the local kids money to get them out. Never once did any of these tourist trucks offer a ride or anything. Freaking snobs. I’m glad they were paying $150US a day where we were paying under $10 and seeing a hell of a lot more.
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Just a road shot of Turmi.

Turmi: The Garden of Eden in the Desert.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
In the guide books, they describe Turmi as the most tourist friendly village in the lower Omo Valley. The hotels are still fairly basic, but they are clean, all have showers, and some of them served pasta. P ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Dimeka

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Me at the beginning of the market [Continue reading this entry]

Dimeka: Wow, its Bedrock.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
We arrived in Dimeka after dark but being a really small village we ended up right next to the main hotel in town. Juan and I went to scout it out and they told us the price was fifteen ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Key Afer 2

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Just some quickie photos to keep things flowing. The bus Noa got stuck on the bus. You've heard of a Chinese fire drill, but how about an Ethiopian bus drill. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Key Afer number two.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
For me the return to Key Afer was pretty much lack luster. The only catch was that I could not get a place at the five star dung hotel so I had to settle for the human dung walled ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Gazar and Jinka 2nd market

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
The first five are of the Gazar market. Heavy rains and a market on the side of a big hill. Sounds like disaster, and for a minute it was, but it turned out okay. [Continue reading this entry]

Gazar Market and Jinka 2nd Market

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Having spent almost a week in Jinka sucking down juice and recovering from the Mursi “Incident”, I did get a chance to visit a couple of other not so touristed local markets. The first was in a village called Gazar. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Mursi Tribe

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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