Day 1: After being hoiked into the car and positioned on my new cushion the Levene charabanc sets off, the land cruiser packed to the rafters (mostly my stuff, including a wheelchair, a shower chair and a spare set of wheels and medical supplies; oh the joys!).
We left at 11:00 to meet Leul, a well respected Ethiopian army
colonel and war hero, who helped fight off the Dergue and is now our Tigrean fixer, translator, negotiator. I was greeted in usual Ethiopian fashion with a kiss on the cheek – something hard to get used to, but in Ethiopia it’s a rather rather warm gesture of friendship.
The day consisted of driving through the beautiful countryside of Amhara, passing through many villages which each curiously seem to specialise in one product, with one village solely selling oranges, the next onions and the next offering car washes.