For our second day of the weekend, we were treated to an adventure 40 minutes out of the city to see Maars, huge craters caused by volcanic explosions. The craters have become lakes filled with bright green water. The team explored the area and were treated to a scenic lunch by the waters edge.
After lunch, the team returned to the city to pick up other team members and were off again through the bustling city to Entoto, a palace built by Emperor Minilik. We drove up sharp switchback roads to the highest peak overlooking Addis Ababa and explored the palace grounds and quaint museum.
Further down we stopped again to shop at a traditional clothing market. As the Ethiopian Epiphany (celebrating the Baptism of Christ) were days away, it seemed like the whole city was out buying new clothes for the celebrations. After the market, the team hurried back to the hotel to polish up the final presentation for IGAD the next morning.