The air has a distinct chill to it. At 2500m above sea level and in the height of winter, that is no surprise. The fact I can see my breath still is! We stand at the gate, Bella and I, ready to leave our compound and head out into the streets of our neighbourhood.
My neighbourhood? Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Walking around my neighbourhood is a twice daily ritual. Bella reminds me it is time to go for a walk when all I want to do is relax, or stay warm inside under my blankets. Yet, there is also the draw for me, to see what has changed, who is about and which building is being renovated today.
It is a busy neighbourhood. In the centre of three major roads. Like the rest of Addis, there is constant construction every corner we turn. Walking in my neighbourhood always requires alertness, so we don’t fall down that new hole in the street, or trip over those poles.
We also live in an area where there are more restaurants than street corners, each one vying for a diners attention.
Our walk also includes some street art. Although I often find the new restaurant names just as captivating… and amusing.
This was just a little snippet from my neighbourhood. Perhaps we can go for another walk together sometime. Bella will happily accompany us.
This walk was photographed using an iPhone. I have been wanting to do more iPhoneography, so figured my neighbourhood would be a good place to start.