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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa December 21st 2012

I made it to Addis Ababa! After two nights on an airplane, and 2 hours of sleep the night before my first airplane , I was exhausted. Fortunately Ethiopia is very famous for Coffee, which ended up being one of three things that kept me awake for a fun and full day. Immediately I noticed there are a number of things about Ethiopia that struck me as very different than anywhere else I have been in Africa. One, they don't serve Nescafe, they serve coffee, and it is so cheap and delicious that I am already in love with the place. Two, it is very developed incomparison. All the main roads appear to be paved while only side streets are sand and stone. Also, people didn't laugh when I wanted hot water at a budget accomodation, ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Benishangul-Gumuz Region » Asosa December 18th 2012

Here's a blast from the past in your inbox, eh? Another blog entry from Al and Sara! Three years have passed and as promised we have returned to Ethiopia to see our friends and introduce Sahai (T'sehaye) to the country where she spent 6 months bouncing aorund in Sara's tummy and the country that gave her her name. Flying out to Ethiopia on the Thursday 22nd November overnighter, we landed in Addis very early in the morning for us (not Ethiopians, who had probably been up several hours running, praying or both!). After a curious mexican stand off where we sat in the shai bet (coffee shop) in the airport waiting for Debebe and Zikargechew and Debebe and Zikargechew sat in the car park waiting for us, I finally borrowed the mobile phone of a cleaner ... read more
Three long years in the waiting
Building better worlds?
Missed this too

Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar December 1st 2012

And the blog returns...... So we have now completed the 'northern circuit' which took us up to the border with Eritrea in the north and then returned us to Addis Ababa. The trip took about 20 days and around 80 hours of that was on the bus covering the 2300kms. It was a great trip, highlights included endless, stunning views across the mountains of the central ethiopian highlands (including perilous dirt roads with 500+ metre drops inches from the side of the bus). The chilled town on Bahir Dar on the edge of lake Tana. The castles of Gondor - castles in Africa is pretty unsual. The stelae of Axum (big tall pillar things built by the Axumites) see the pic for what they look like.The unbelievable rock hewn churches of Lalibela where they decided to ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar November 11th 2012

Hola, Photo success and our plans have gone well. We have moved north to Bahir Dar via two long days of rattling bus travel, were going to head further north via the lake Tana ferry but the uncomfortable passenger boat had been replaced by an even more uncomfortable cargo boat so I think memories of the long boat to Timbuktu and stinky lake Volta boat got the better of us so we vetoed in favour of the bus. We are in the swing of things now though and having a good time and meeting lots of lovely Ethiopians drinking lots of Bedele Special beers. Saw the Blue Nile falls - (5% of water here ends up where we were three weeks ago in Egypt - FACT). Gonder next for castles aplenty then hopefully some trekking in ... read more
Vista
Addis hotel / brothel
Tuktuk love

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa November 10th 2012

10th Nov ’12 Lalibela to Addis Ababa It was a morning flight back to Addis with the usual drink and a bun and soon we were back on a bus in heavy traffic after having seen one of our group off at the airport. Then there were more goodbyes as another two people were dropped off at their hotel and once we reached the Ghion again it was our turn to say our goodbyes. It was quite sad to be leaving the group, they are a lovely bunch of people, good company and good fun. Sue is an excellent tour leader who always went that bit further to ensure we got the most from our time in Ethiopia, her love and passion for the people and the country was inspiring and infectious. One of the most ... read more
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela November 8th 2012

Too many photos to fit on the last blog, so here are the rest!!... read more
Lalibela - Bet Amanuel
Lalibela - Bet Amanuel
Lalibela - Bet Amanuel

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela November 7th 2012

7th-9th Nov ’12 Lalibela It was a short one hour flight to Lalibela but the air hostesses still managed to get round us all to give us a drink and a bun before strapping themselves in just as the plane was landing! We drove up into the hillsides with views of high mountains around us and soon reached Lalibela which feels more like a village than a town. We past the newer area of town which is where all the people who lived in the traditional storey mud huts have been moved too in order to preserve the buildings, no idea about how they felt about this but I guess they didn’t get much choice! After checking into our hotel and grabbing some lunch we drove back through the town, down the straggly lanes and to ... read more
Lalibela
Lalibela
Lalibela

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum November 6th 2012

6th Nov ’12 Axum Well I guess we were lucky as we slept through the night, unlike some of our group whose rooms faced town and heard the chanting competition! It turns out today is a special religious celebration day. After breakfast we wandered out onto the terrace and got fantastic views across the little town and we could look down right over the stelae field. Ok perhaps I should start by saying let me take you back……back into the days of the Old Testament, to the time of the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon, Menelik their son and the Ark of the Covenant, to the King of Ethiopia called Balthazar – think ‘we 3 kings of Orient are’, to piles of frankincense, half explored tombs, secret doorways, ruined palaces and fortresses, unearthed 4th century stone ... read more
Axum - Queen of Sheba's Bathing Pool
Axum - Tombs
Axum - Tombs

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum November 5th 2012

5th Nov ’12 Debark to Axum Today was the mega long road journey to Axum. The road that runs up and down and winds through the Simien Mountains (and was featured in the TV series The World’s Most Dangerous Roads) is being widened and re-surfaces which means that it was rough, bumpy and with lots of roadworks and the 250 km drive could take up to 12 hours to do! In fact we made it in 11 hours – a long haul but in spectacular scenery, towering jagged brown peaks, forested lower slopes, lush green valleys, a winding river, sheer drops and hair pin bends all added a bit of spice! There were hold ups while bulldozers moved towering piles of stones or flattened sections of road before waving us on and the speculations as to ... read more
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The trusty bus

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains November 4th 2012

4th Nov ’12 Gondar to Debark and the Simien Mountains We spent the morning driving to Debark, with a stop at a viewpoint across the Simien Mountains and it was a spectacular sight – all these different sized and shaped peaks stretching off to the horizon. Tomorrow we are going to be driving right through them and at this moment in time I just can’t figure out how! We carried on passing small villages of huts surrounding greens on which cattle were grazing, young children were carrying babies on their backs and women were walking along bent double under huge piles of firewood on their backs. We arrived in Debark, a town which is expanding as more hotels are being built to meet the Faranji demand for access to the Simien Mountains National Park. The road ... read more
Photo stop on way to Debark
Photo stop on way to Debark
Village green




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