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Arrived Addis Ababa from Launceston via Melbourne and Bangkok at 6.30 a.m. on 28th December. After lining up for our visa ($50 US each) and through immigration we eventually found our man to take us to Kefetew Guesthouse where Kinga and Russell had waited breakfast so we could all have together. Genet our host was there with a very warm welcome ...
... passengers must buy a "go-pass" which is a departure tax – 50 dollars for international flights. One pays 100 dollars for a visa allowing the privilege of visiting the country and 50 dollars to be allowed to leave. I made my way through the milling people back to Justin. I thanked him and shook his hand saying “until next time” which will probably be in nearly 6 months, and pulled my bags over to the policemen guarding the door. He looked at my itinerary ...
... saw 3 of my favorite artists on arguable their
biggest tours. I have everything I could
want, an amazing family, and some great friends. But it took this weekend for
me to realize that everything I have ever dreamed about I have been
accomplished in my short 21 years of life and let me explain. With 5 other
volunteers and a tour guide we took a 6 hour journey to Awash for the weekend
(where it is in the high 90's unlike ...
... to make other choices with their lives if they so desire. We walked done to Lake Awassa. Apparently the Christian Orthodox Church has a big celebration for Saint Gabriel tomorrow, so the town is pretty busy. Kebede is doing great so far - just taking it all in. He was excited to buy corn at a market vendor who cooks it in coals like he used to. We are going tomorrow morning to see Kebede's family and he is so ...
... lost the thread of what Jimmy was telling me but the story culminated in a Dragon being slain, the bit I already knew.
We climbed some steps up to the top of a smaller church which was also a museum, there was a good view of the surrounding area, corrugated iron roofs and the hustle and bustle of small markets, not what you expect to see through such familiar looking portholes in a Christian church.
I said I wanted to sit and have a drink as I felt that buying ...