Travel Blogs from Addis Ababa
When I finally arrived in Addis I was emotionally exhausted and desperate to talk to my family.
I took a minibus from the bus station to Piassa, then found the hotel I'd been recommended.
I treated myself to a nicer room, in the old Colonial building, had a warmish shower, then headed out to an internet café to complain to my loved ones at home about what happened in Bahir Dar and get some love and support on my bad day.
After treating myself ...
... religions and walked around in the forest wearing cloths, half-naked. They pierced their ears and lower lips, then stretched out the holes so that large clay plates could fit inside them for aesthetic reasons. These people sounded wild and fascinating. But on the negative side, their cultures had become commercialized by tourism, and I might have to pay a national park fee just to be there.
-----On my fifth day in Addis, I learned of a third ...
... so he subtly scooped it all onto my plate after I had forced myself to finish what I could. Micha got a big smile on the way out despite his empty stomach and clean palate, whereas I got a huge scowl to add to my gargling belly and North-Sea flavoured taste buds.
The roads were fairly flat and straight now, the rolling green hills of the previous day gave way to duller, drier scenery again as we gradually rose the best part of 2,000 metres to the altitude of ...
the time of day. And maybe the
phase of the moon. Then there is a
noticeable absence of traffic lights.
There are certainly more present now than there were on my last trip but
it seems they have not been placed in the busiest of intersections around town. At Meskel square, for example, a common
meeting place where 6 major roads converge there is nothing. How traffic does not get completely
... from their night fishing trips full of Tilapia and Catfish. Most where pursued by a train of Pelicans and welcomed by the hoard of Malibu Storks. The lakeshore became frantic as buyers arrived and fish were gutted there on the boats. Birds, fishermen, boats and a handful of tourist made the place chaotic and very interesting, not too mention dirty and smelly. The bird life was great with many wading birds and kingfishers adding to the ...