With our usual lack of decision-making abilities, we celebrated Christmas and rang in the New Year in last minute style! For Christmas, Chris and I went to an Indian restaurant (Hindu’s don’t celebrate Christmas) for lunch at a hotel owned by a muslim (Islamists don’t celebrate Christmas), today (the Ethiopian’s don’t celebrate Christmas today) and had a wonderful time chatting with a Dutch air hostess! Very unchristmassy, and very enjoyable, though lacking in one main area – family. We really miss everyone at home at the moment and Christmas makes you all feel further away. But then the girls who manage this building just turned up with a bottle of red (to drown our sorrows in), a huge basket of roses (to lose our senses in), a card and a pile of chocolates (to give us happy hormones)! So all is good now!!
After unsuccessfully trying to get out of Addis for the New Year celebrations, we decided to go to a buffet dinner at the Hilton hotel as this promised live music and a range of food. Upon arrival we discovered that the live music was two old guys playing synthesised sleepy music. So we ate and ran. I have had my eye on a groovy chic looking club and so decided tonight was the night to check it out. The club was fantastic and I plan to spend more nights there! Although they played ‘celebration’ about 30 minutes too early and then at 12 midnight they popped all their balloons hanging from the ceiling. Chris and I drank too many crazy cocktails (Chris managed to order jet fuel a couple of times) so we were looking forward to sleeping in and through the hangover! Alas, the neighbourhood dogs decided that they would give us a new years sing-in, with renditions I couldn’t quite pick out in the fog of sleep. Needless to say we woke up with a hangover and no energy, oh, and early!!
How did you celebrate Christmas and New Years?