What is a weekend like for an expat in Addis? I can’t really answer that question but I can tell you what we get up to in the 2 days between Friday and Monday. This weekend (which is pretty typical of most weekends) we got up and had a breakfast of mushy only-way-to-have-them weet-bix (sent over by my lovely sister) with fresh Ethiopian strawberries and banana. Started up Chris’ computer to check what the rest of the world has been up to whilst we were sleeping, and to check that the flights within Europe haven’t skyrocketed overnight before I book them. Yes, we are going on a holiday to Europe, so we are busy researching and booking things left, right and centre!
Then we decide which form of exercise we want to do for the day and book the appropriate venue at the Hilton hotel. So squash is on the fitness menu for today, after we voted gym and tennis off. Then it is another tough decision of what to have for lunch. Left over salad, sounds good. Chris has headed off in to work to mind the workload and prepare for the visit of one of the companies bigwigs.
Then I text message the driver to let him know when to come and pick us up, we head off to the Hilton in our very conspicuous, large and brand new Land Cruiser wagon to play squash for an hour and a half. I continue to add more photos and stories to my blog while helping to increase the need for another cyberworld. My accompaniment throughout most of this is loud music coming from one of the local houses as guests pour in to help celebrate yet another wedding. I think we are up to our 8th weekend straight where one of the houses directly around us has celebrated a wedding in their backyard. Didn’t realise there were so many eligible bachelors in my direct neighbourhood! I can hear the wedding party coming now, it is not dissimilar to a chant that you might hear at a football game, the bride running ten yards toward the kickoff line as the groom tries to run the ball down ( just kidding about the running, it is actually quite something to see, everyone chanting and jigging around the car).
We come back from squash and sometimes visit the local supermarket, but will be avoiding this for the next week as the African Union meeting is being held here in Addis for the next few days. Then we make pasta or a stew for dinner and watch cable tv for a while, yes boring? Is that what you thinking? It gets more exciting come Sunday morning when we go to have brunch/breakfast at our favourite local cafe, Lime Tree or occassionally the Sheraton. Again we consult the fitness menu and go for a walk if the other options don’t appeal!
Check on the world or our holiday bookings some more, read a book, take some photos, plan dinner, eat snacks, look out the window on yet another backyard wedding, water the flowers that are dying, and reminisce about the weekend as we end it with another tv show or Flight of the Conchords episode (which are now being rationed for fear they are not putting out a third season soon).
What did you do this weekend?