Jahful Greetings from Aethiopia

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ethiopian Airlines is a smooth carrier. I crossed the equator. The vegetarian meal was decent. Bole International Airport was a pleasant contrast to Kenyatta International in Nairobi. It was big and open and almost empty. The women who gave me my visa were having fun. My visa was $20, unlike the $50 Tanzania and Kenya wanted. Apparently Kenya will ask me for a new visa even though it says three months. They don't consider Ethiopia part of "East Afrika." I'll have just enough USD to make it through.

I changed some travelers checks into Birr. They charged only 12 Birr ($1.50) for $100 worth of checks, the lowest commission yet. I had some trouble dialing with the payphone, but one of the Ethiopian Airline people was happy to help. She let me use her cellphone for nothing.

I got in touch with Mulugeta Biru, a contact I made through Annie and Christopher in North Carolina, who runs a small guesthouse. He helped organize Bob's 60th birthday celebration here in Addis Ababa last year. He came to pick me up.

Driving through Addis was a little different than other Afrikan cities. It seems a bit cleaner and not so crowded. People drive on the right side of the road.

Back at the house I enjoyed some home-brewed barly beer (It was really good!) and found out that I'm just in time for Ehiopian Easter. I live with a brother and sister, Maurice and Nigist (Bumzy), both born in Shashamane of Afrikan-Jamaican parents. Pictures of Ras Tafari and figures of lions adorn the guest house. I finally got to taste some sinsemilla, the first since South Afrika.

I was tired and still a little ill, so I went to lie down. I slept from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. I woke feeling fine after dreams of familiar lakes.
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redmoonwriter on

hello cpricci & thanks very much for posting your notes from ethiopia. i am traveling to addis ababa in a couple of weeks and much appreciated the tips you posted. like your friends, annie & christopher, i am also located in north carolina. are they by chance anywhere near asheville? your notes are especially helpful as i will be flying ethiopian airlines, i'm also a vegetarian and i will also be staying at a guest house. thanks again, your information is very helpful!

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