Blogs from Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Region, Ethiopia, Africa


Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa » Arada June 8th 2014

After a nice farewell in Singapore with Nandi seeing me off and Halle picking me up with her mother and sister to see me off, my evening flight started off well. Headed to Bangkok where we picked up more passengers and then headed on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I met Samantha. From there our tour guide picked us up and we headed for Debrecen libanos. The drive was about two hours. Along the way it was interesting to see the cities and towns. Many houses are built with small tree trunks and then mud/clay. Many women were carrying her bags on their backs, many donkeys also carrying heavy loads. There were many farms with sheep, horse carriages, sheep, and cows. Many being bearded along the roads or country side. When we finally reached Debrecen libanos, ... read more
Christian monastery
Ethiopian bird

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa April 7th 2014

After 6 weeks in the Southern Africa region, it was an exciting prospect to be changing things up. Daniel, Phil and I were on our way to Ethiopia. Granted every country in Southern Africa was unique in several ways, but at the same time there was still a regional constant between them all. Aside from the fact that we were still in Africa, this constant was no more upon our arrival to Ethiopia. Daniel was the catalyst for this leg of the trip as his parents live in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and his mother is the number-2 at the Swedish Embassy there. Graciously, Daniel and his parents invited Phil and I to stay in their home for a week and we gratefully obliged. Typically, Ethiopia wouldn’t be the luxurious stretch of one’s travels, ... read more
The Blue Nile Gorge near Debre Libanos
I salute you Ethiopia - watching over the palace at En Toto
really cool Colobus monkeys in Menagesha

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa February 18th 2014

In the summer of 2012, I took Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and on to Johannesburg, South Africa, roundtrip. The flight from Washington Dulles is non stop to Addis (then on to Jo-burg). But the return flight from Addis is scheduled to stop in Rome, for refueling, and to let passengers off, if any. We refueled on the tarmac, never let anyone off, and proceeded to Washington Dulles after about 30 minutes on the ground. The reason for the extra stop on the way back is simply the thin air in Addis, forcing the plane to carry less fuel for the takeoff than its nonstop that leaves Dulles. This is the same plane and flight that was hijacked yesterday. Read this: Rome-bound passenger jet was "forced to proceed" to Geneva early Monday when its co-pilot ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa February 1st 2014

29 October, 2012 We in stopped in Shashamane, home to the Rastafari movement, for an afternoon en route to the capital. The population of the town is approximately 100,000 of which nowadays only 200-300 still call themselves Rastafarians, though numbers were as high as 2,000. The truck was parked at a café and we went out to the road to hail tuk tuks to drive us out to the area. I wasn't sure what I had been expecting and wouldn't be a fan of reggae and things I guess I consider to associate with them and although we were invited into a gated community, brightly painted in the red, yellow and green, no one was really able to explain anything to us. I wandered through the rooms with Bob Marley painted on the walls and articles ... read more
Banana Art Gallery
Banana Art Gallery

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 31st 2013

Farewell to Gondar My morning has started off on rather the wrong foot. Something I ate last night disagreed with me. In the classic traveler’s manner. For some undetermined time since the dawn, I’ve been up continually, stumbling over bags, bumping into corners, apologizing to my poor and very kind roommate, and heading to the bathroom and then going back to collapse into bed to fall half-asleep until the next bout. It’s not terrible and I feel fine otherwise. At least it’s the last morning and at least I still have energy and excitement enough to carry me through. In fact, when the alarm finally does go off, I can feel the sagging ache in my body, craving more sleep, but I’m moving quickly with bleary purpose. No birdwatching for me this morning. I’ve gotten up ... read more
Sedake telling us about microfinance
Injera makers!
Addis Mercato

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 26th 2013

A “hike” in the Entoto Mountains I wake up well before my alarm and I’m rarin’ to go. Today, we have a choice between a stroll around the neighborhood or a hike in the Entoto Mtns. I strap on my binocular harness, combine my small water bottles into the larger one, and I’m ready to hike. No doubt in my mind which will be my choice. I’m hoping to do some good birding as I feel this is the one chance I can be legitimately distracted from the group trip. (Remember, Marit, you are not here for the wildlife viewing!) In our private bus, we wind through Addis sprawl. Corrugated tin shacks, plastered wall shops, looming empty-looking concrete buildings and people everywhere. As yesterday, I do not notice any change in neighborhoods or flavor of the ... read more
Eucalyptus burden
Bucolic meadowlands
Gum forest

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 25th 2013

Welcome back I walk out of the plane to bouncing metal steps leading down to the tarmac and as I take in the view, two pied crows fly overhead. And I know I’m back in East Africa. A surge of excitement courses through my tired, bedraggled body. I will have to count on these second (third, fourth, fifth…) winds to carry me through this long day. I’m in Addis Ababa, on the first day of a week-long sojourn in Ethiopia on the first group trip of my life. I’m traveling under the auspices of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in a program called Entwine which seeks to encourage young professionals (like myself and my twenty-some-odd hand-selected compatriots) to become more involved in JDC’s humanitarian endeavors. I have certain wishes for this trip but few ... read more
Constantly building
Art at the National Museum
Empress' old bedroom

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 22nd 2013

It is Monday October 21st-just 5 days before I leave for Dubai on my way to Ethiopia. One small initial problem is that we are having major fog events on the west coast so I had to cancel the Saturday float plane and go a day earlier on the ferry. I will overnight in Vancouver and then be ready to catch the 1230 flight to Seattle as part of my flight to Dubai. All part of travelling on the west coast... On Saturday October 23d, I flew to Seattle on Alaska Airlines to catch my direct flight to Dubai-I am going back to the middle east to spend some time before going to Addis Ababa on November 1st. Great flight on an excellent airline- ended up in Row 49 at the back with no other seat ... read more
Abu Dhabi
On its way to a new owner
Falcon Souq

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa April 28th 2013

I don't know what it is about Ethiopia, but I am completely taken by it. Maybe it is the uniqueness of the culture—their own unique cuisine, their own music styles, their own dancing, their own language only spoken in that country. Going to Ethiopia reminds me of the first couple of times I went to Nepal. I just wanted to take it all in and could not get enough. It is strange and exciting and always full of adventure. This past week I was in Addis Ababa leading a qualitative research training for a maternal and child nutrition project. This is not actually my study, but I was filling in for a colleague who could not get to Addis quickly to lead the training herself. So I said since I was in the region anyway and ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa March 8th 2013

After the nice times in Metu, we made our way by a long but exciting bus ride (lots of singing and clapping) to Tepi, a small town in the middle of a jungle. The highlights of Tepi, where we spent one night, were the realization that we were in the jungle (it rained lots, but people still called it 'the dry season') and that meant there were some big bugs. I woke up in the morning and flipped over my sandal to find a palm sized spider just chilling out. Even worse was that the pouring rain leaked through the roof and onto me while I was sleeping. I should say poured, as leaked doesn't do it justice! We quickly left Tepi and headed for Bonga, the center of the wild coffee harvesting area. We were ... read more
Jungle Time
Some Cool Trees
Nice Countryside

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