ambas. La strada degli italiani has already been re-done here, by the Chinese! We stop at a lively roadside market. Plenty of vegetables and live animals are on sale as well as lots of salt. I get the impression of a thriving economic life. I am invited by some young kids to play pool in a brick building. They are playing the 5-pin "Italian" game and have a jolly good time! As I leave before I have time to finish a game, I buy some tasty roasted peanuts from a kid by the road.
As we leave we pass by one of many farms along the road, with two sets of four cows threshing barley in a circle. It's a sunny, dry and pleasant afternoon.
In the evening, just before sunset, we stop at a roadside cafe for a drink. The low sun disk projects on the sleek road tarmac the long warm long shadows of adolescent students walking home after school. Inside, no Ethiopian coffee ceremony today, but an Italian espresso machine.