前往阿萨勒盐湖 Lake Karum/Asale

在火山营地吃过早饭后已经是十点多了,我们马不停蹄驱车前往下一个目的地——阿萨勒盐湖,这是埃塞重要的产盐地。

It was already ten o’clock after we finished having breakfast at the volcano camp. So we had to drive fast to our next destination, Salt Lake Assale, which is one of the most important salt producing area in Ethiopia.

车子首先要穿越一片荒漠。气温实在太高,经常能看到热气旋形成的沙“龙卷风”。这还是我人生第一次这么近距离地感受干燥的“台风”。

The car had to go across a desert. The temperature was too high. We could see many mini sand “tornado” formed by the very hot cyclone. And this was the first time in my life that I feel the dry “typhoon” so close.

出了沙漠终于能感受到一丁点绿色了,但距离目的地还是很遥远。旅途的疲惫很快就让我们入睡了。

After getting out of the desert, we can finally see a bit of green, but it was still very far away from the destination. The exhaustion of the journey quickly made us fall asleep.

一睁眼已经是傍晚了。车子趟水驶入,在一片水较浅的的地方停下来了。忘记带拖鞋的我只能光脚踩在疙疙瘩瘩的盐上。要是有脚气的人在这里踩上几脚估计脚气就治好了。要是来得再早一些就能在这盐湖里拍出“天空之镜”的效果。

When we woke up, it was already sunset. The car drove into the water and stopped in a shallow place. Forgetting to bring my slippers, I can only barefoot on the salt of the cockroach. If a person with athlete’s foot come here to step for a few minutes, maybe it will be cured. Unluckily, if we can arrive earlier, we can shoot the “mirror of the sky” photos in this salt lake.

日落后车子又是趟水而出。不得不佩服这盐块的结实程度,车子居然没又下陷。晚上在一座极为简陋的木棚里安顿好后跟着向导去了不远处的驻军酒吧喝酒。

After sunset, we drove out of the salt lake and arrived our very simple and crude wooden shed, where we would spend the night. Near the shed, there is a bar so we could enjoy there.

清晨一大早我们便离开盐湖岸边时遇上了去驼盐的驼队。离开时翻看手机相册,发现竟然忘记给昨晚睡觉的棚子拍照留念了!

Early in the morning, when we left the shore of Salt Lake, we met a camel caravan that came to the carry the salt. When I left, I flipped through the mobile phone photo album and found that I forgot to take a photo of the shed that I slept last night!

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