This post is going to be a bit bitter. As I was writing last time, there are some irritating disturbances we are dealing with lately. Preparations for the building permit take not only time, patience but also A LOT OF PAPER, hehe. Before Ethiopia I have seen blueprints only in the movies. The production process itself is quite simple- first of all, drawings have to be printed on the transparent paper, then a special scanner changes the black lines into navy blue and the rest into violet. It’s important to find a printing company that doesn’t safe the chemicals, otherwise the prints are illegible and can be thrown away. In case the files are too big or there is a half- day- long lunch break, the shop runs out of electricity/ paper/ time/ will to continue working (all and much more happened to us!) then it’s time to find another shop, and then another and another…. If the shops didn’t have to habit of disappearing regularly we could gladly make a print shops map of Addis :)
Blueprints can not be copied and that’s the goal of all this hassle…. I wish! It is a common practice to steal the projects and resell them later. Knowing that our files were divided and printed in a few places. We were still surprised when after unsuccessful printing on the 5th floor we went to another shop on the 7th floor to found pieces of our drawings lying all over the place! Neither owner was able to explain how that happen ;)
In the meantime, one of my pictures I took in Lalibela was being printed as a wedding present. Two days of waiting turned into a week. Every time we appeared in the print shop the amharic discussions between the workers had something to do with 2, not 1 prints. Just in case we made sure to be there for the delivery… and BINGO! They also ordered one for themselves- because ‘it’s so pretty’ and they want to have a souvenir ;) So in case you see a postcard like that you know what to think ;) By the way- do you like it?