I was concerned about how well I would hold up to the festivities on Saturday night. I attempted to take a nap but in spite of waking at 5 a.m. unnecessarily and running 21 miles the best I could manage was lying very still for an hour or so. When I heard that dinner would not be served until 8 p.m. I anticipated leaving shortly after the dinner portion of the evening.
We arrived just after 7 p.m. and found ourselves delighted by the perfect ambience created by the pre-dinner jazz trio. It was a surprise to learn that all the songs were based on traditional Ethiopian songs.
Dinner was buffet style and we enjoyed a selection of spicy, stew-like, meat and vegetable dishes meant to be scooped up with injera a crepe like flatbread made of fermented teff. Utensils not required!
Remaining on the agenda was entertainment, speakers and finally dancing but . . . wait, I can’t finish this story tonight because I ran twice today and am now feeling the effects of the time change, very tired. So, stay tuned.