Eight hours after leaving Bahir Dar, we arrived in the capital. We were greeted by light rain. We reckoned it was two months or more since we last felt some.

We are drained from three heavy days of driving south. The Blue Nile Gorge road was now ashphalt. It took one hour to cross the Gorge rather than the three hours it took last time on a local bus when it was gravel.

We are staying at the Itege Tiatu hotel, the oldest hotel in Ethiopia. I know it well having been here a few times before. The floorboards still creek and the tv reception is still snowy. I got someone to sort it out before the Arsenal game!

My brother’s flight gets in early Thursday so it will be great to see him tomorrow.