One of the biggest downsides to spending a summer in Addis Ababa is that it's actually winter in East Africa. And winter is rainy season, which means it pours for half the day every day, temperatures are in the low 50s, the sky is always gray, and the entire city is just a cold, wet, mud pit. I've never craved a beach so badly in my life!
This weekend, I got a taste of the "summer" I am missing with an overnight trip to the town of Debre Zeit. This town is home to several lake resorts, which sounded like a perfect and necessary escape to me and a few friends.
We took a series of minibuses to get to Debre Zeit, and after bargaining for decent hotel rooms and dropping our bags, we headed straight for the most well-known resort, called Kuriftu. It's set on the edge of a small lake:
And had kayaks:
Until his buddy joined.