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post Oct 21 2012, 10:33 AM
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I can tell you I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the chance to go on
this trip. I had always wanted to visit Africa but it seemed like a "maybe
someday" possibility. I loved learning about the fascinating history of
Ethiopia and experiencing the beauty of Zanzibar. Highlights were
definitely the rock-hewn churches and coffee ceremony we saw in Lalibela.

Our guide in Ethiopia, tewodros, was an absolute
treasure. He displayed a perfect combination of competence (navigating us
through airports), knowledge (able to tell compelling stories about every
sight we saw) and good humor (always smiling and seeming to enjoy

Having him along really enhanced our experience. All the other hidden treasures
drivers and employees we dealt with were also great. The hotels we stayed
in were clean and comfortable. It was nice to be able to modify our
itinerary when we wanted to, for example, instead of taking the mule tour
in Lalibela we visited a local school at my sister's request (she's a
teacher) and saw a different monastery which was beautiful and really

Our flights all went well with one near-exception, we almost did not make
it on the flight to Lalibela (remember that on Friday, we were listed as
standby but were told we would be confirmed over the weekend?). When we
got to the airport Monday morning we were still standby and it looked
unlikely we would make it. We spent an anxious hour sitting on the airport
floor and ended up on a separate flight from our guide, but it did all
work out in the end. That was probably the biggest problem we experienced
on the whole trip, I'm happy to say.


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