Avoiding Stones in Chencha


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February 10th 2007
Published: March 2nd 2007
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On Friday, Clare and I took a local bus up to Chencha, after sitting on the bus for two hours in Arba Minch, waiting for it to fill up. We decided to get off at Dorze, and walk the rest of the way to Chencha as Clare had not been to Dorze before. The huts at Dorze are different to houses found elsewhere, and look like giant beehives.

The walk was pleasant, but unfortunately, accompanied by every single child we met asking for money. Some tourists must give in to their demands of “Give me one Birr!” otherwise they would not continue. After several kilometres, it began to get very irritating. Even worse, one group of children, who were no more than 10 years old, starting throwing stones at us when we refused to give money!

Chencha itself, was pleasant, and Clare (who has been before) knew of a basic, clean, cheap hotel - with no sign outside to advertise itself.

On Saturday morning we had a coffee - for which the waiter tried to charge us three times the actual price - and then went to the market, before waiting on a bus for a couple of
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Photo by Clare on previous visit - the number of children hassling us meant that I was unable to take a photo!
hours to return to Arba Minch.


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Not Clare, obviously!


28th February 2008

getting stoned in Chencha
You too? I was in Chencha in 2003 and got severely pelted when I walked by the school.

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