Girls like to go to the market. That is what Brendan told me,,,Yea right. I went shopping with him anyway to Merkato in Addis Ababa.
It is a large sprawling series of buildings that mainly would not get a compliance certificate in NZ, and attached are lots of lean-to stick structures and the plastic sheeting that protects your stock in this time of RAIN. We went after the rains on Saturday, so the streets were washed and not too smelly, but mud up to your ankles if you missed your footing. Some of the habitation behind the shop fronts were reminiscent of Dicken’s description of the slums of London, open drains used as sewers. Men peeing quite openly into these and waste from resturants, and semi-industrial processes heaped on the sides often being grazed on by fat tailed sheep, goats and donkeys (between loads).

The highlight was finding what I suspected all along…some African booty isn’t real. In many parts of Africa the women have bottoms we wouldn’t want to be seen wearing and the local men follow the largest with their lustful eyes. Our cultural obsession with boobs isn’t universal.

Anyway the highlight of the market was finding padded knickers. Maybe I’ll get some lustful glances now.

4 Responses to Booty

  1. Pan September 21, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    Those pants woulda been useful on that northern Kenya stretch of road Jo?! Tell you what though, the booty that is real can occasionally be of unbelieveably ginormous proportions and a source of much humour (and a strange kind of pride in their women being so) for African blokes.
    I always liked too how Africans look great when overweight cf. us whiteys. They are happy, lively, dress well and just carry the weight so much better.

  2. rossandchris September 24, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    Pleased to see you went to the Merkato – lots of fun – and a challenge to hold onto your wallet. Yes the roads are a challenge – we spent a month on the buses – very cosy way to meet the locals up close – sometimes very very close – our record was 85 to a bus (not including livestock – sheep, chickens, goats – rode on top, fleas and lice rode inside with us) not sure of your route north but the road from Gonder to Axum once you pass Debark is spectacular – the only road we have ever travelled on where the bus does a 5 point turn down a switchback. Do try and get to Gonder or Lalibela – Ethiopia is a fascinating country – enjoy.
    Hope you enjoyed your Chinese meal.

  3. Ursula October 20, 2007 at 8:28 pm #

    Ah well, impressive bottoms make for superior stability – –


  1. glamour-agency - September 28, 2007

    Digital Glamour Photography…

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