There was clearly a broken seal and two inches of soft drink missing.I didn’t want to wake up the next day with no money and a missing kidney, so I passed.As a Texan, I get that a lot, so I always point behind them, they look, and then I laugh as the joke is on them.They continued talking to me and didn’t seem threatening or like they wanted anything, so I just went with it.I see them coming a mile away and am often amused that people fall for them in their travels.There’s a million of them, but they’re all centered around separating a tourist from his money.I’d been taken years ago in Thailand in a gemstone con and have made a point since then to distrust most any stranger I meet.
I decided to make my way to the Mausoleum of Menelik II, now also a museum, and started to cross the road when I was approached by two 20-something men commenting about my cowboy hat and asking where my horse was.
I looked to see a giant tortoise, as big as a Galapagos turtle, making his way across the lawn.
The source of the noise was two more of the creatures locked in conjugal embrace.
I started walking toward what I thought was the famed Holy Trinity Cathedral and ended up in a few back alleyways full of Ethiopian Orthodox devotees.
Eventually I had enough of the rocky paths and I hailed a taxi to take me to the National Museum of Ethiopia, the current resting place of Lucy, the world’s oldest and most famous and humanoid skeleton.