Blogs from Metema, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, Africa


Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Metema March 15th 2009

The journey to the border with Ethiopia is much simpler and shorter than I expect, and it is a pleasant surprise to arrive there as early as mid-afternoon. Sadly, after 3 weeks of 99% honest treatment in Sudan, my defences are ill-prepared for the onslaught of a pair of Ethiopian hustlers (detailed in the Dull but possibly useful info section). My mood is darkened by the scams that I sidestep (and would no doubt have been darker if I'd spotted all of them), not to mention the fact that I will have to spend a night in the boiling, airless border town of Metema before I can catch a bus out. After my experience with the scammers, I walk away from their cluster of hotels, plodding sweatily down the road in a town where I know ... read more

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