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Reisverslag Ethiopia right in my face on the first day! Part 2
5 juli 2015
Ethiopia right in my face on the first day! Part 2
Time was really flying...
When i reflected later on my own behavior when i was high, i noticed
that a lot off barriers from my rational mind where totally gone. I was talking a lot and was to honest as well. I literally sold my soul to them when i was high. I don't go into details, because thats a bit shameful for myself.
While i was high, i told them i needed a local sim card and a better travelling guide. One off they guys said to me that the price of a sim card was around 400 Birr. This is around 17.45 euro. Without even thinking about it for one second i gave them the 400 Birr to buy a sim card for me. Auw, that hurts!! :-/
The problems started when i wanted to go home...
I stood up. The atmosphere was changing really fast in a not pleasent feeling, about not being aloud to leave. This because i had to pay the drugs, the coffee and the food. Edo charged me totally 1200 Birr. He commanded me to sit down what i didn't do. In a split-second i realised that i was so screwed. I felt that they would attack me if i didn't pay.
I couldn't leave or push them away, because they where in front of me and the door. I took my mobile phone and converted the Birrs in to dollars. Took 60 dollars (This is 50 euro's) out of my moneybelt and walked in the direction of the door.
I gave Edo the money without saying a word and left directly before they could change there mind. I was so lucky that i did that. Because i had my mobile, passport and all my other valuable things with me, beside the fact that they could have physically hurt me as well.
I started running out off the little street. Two man came in my direction. They looked at me in a strange way. The adrenaline was going like fire through my body...
On some way i could remember where my hostel was. (Not one off the streets here have English names) While running on my flip flops, i looked behind my shoulder. Lucky enough they didn't came after me.. My throat felt dry. At that moment i realised that i had been drugged. Directly i was going for the rational thinking in me what was left.
I bought in a fast run two bottels of water by a local shop. During that time i was looking constantly around me in a state of fear. Then i walked close to where the cars where driving so no one could touch me from the streetside.
At the hostel i went straight to my room and locked it twice. I felt the dehydration and started to drink water. The shaking from my body followed soon after that...
Making up the balance on my first day in Ethiopia: Totally i lost 67.45 euro on a drugs scam. Thats absolutly a bad personal record for me... Besides that i'm feeling hurt, and thankful because it could be worse.
My ego has taken a hit as well, but he will survive no worries about that!
I paid the price for the risk i took. And i would say thats fair. No risk, no gain is my motto. Lessons has to be learned... and we keep going forward!
Still the question remains: Does the thrillseeker in me find it okay to pay 67.45 euro for this crazy beginning off my East-Africa trip? I don't have a comment on that one at the moment!
When i got on the plane to Frankfurt and to Addis Ababa as well, i didn't feel the real connection with this trip. Still mixed feelings about it to be honest, but atleast i'm now with two legs real landed to the earth in Ethiopia.
This experience was definetly real local, but a little bit different then i expected! I still believe that there are really nice people in this country as well, what i experienced today.
Even with the difficult start from this trip, i still wouldn't back off to be myself where ever i'm in the world! No matter what the price is which i have to pay! Only myself can hold me back from being it!!!
6 juli 2015 11:08 | Door: Jozefien
Vet verhaal Arie! Heb het in één keer uitgelezen! Zo herkenbaar, zowel de gebeurtenis als jouw speciale karakter! Doe het goed daar! En maak maar veel zo'n dingen mee. Lokaal kost het je geld, maakt je rijker vanbinnen!
Ik heb net een weekend Amsterdam erop zitten!
7 juli 2015 12:14 | Door: Marjan
Wat een heftig verhaal! Gelukkig is het goed afgelopen met je.
Boeiend om te lezen, we blijven je volgen.
Ik heb een link naar je blog op de website gezet.
Nog een goede en veilige reis gewenst, ook namens Martin.
8 juli 2015 02:31 | Door: Martin Slagter
Heftig begin van je reis, Arie! Boeiend beschreven. Blijf vooral nadenken.
11 juli 2015 19:59 | Door: DJ
Wow, arie, wat een verhaal. het 1e deel vond ik al spannend, maar dit deel slaat alles. Maargoed dat je er redelijk goed vanaf bent gekomen. veel plezier bij de rest van je reis.
19 juli 2015 14:14 | Door: Margit
Lees nu je verhaal over je Khat avond pas. Tjeempie wat een vervelend begin zeg. Ondertussen ben je twee weken verder en reis je als het goed is richting Nairobi. Ik hoop dat hoe zuidelijker je komt, hoe meer mensen je tegen zult komen die je de vriendelijkheid en schoonheid van Afrika kunnen laten zien.
19 juli 2015 17:48 | Door: Leonard
Wat een bizar verhaal!
Zojuist al je verhalen gelezen zowel Engels en Nederlands. Super! Ik blijf je volgen!