Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
84Trip End Aug 18, 2005
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~ Blue Nile Falls
~ A bit of Addis Ababa
~ Lake Awassa
~ Arba Minch
~ Nechisar National Park
~ Ethiopia Summary
Day the First - in which disaster is narrowly avoided, and the missionaries get into position.
Got up at 3.30am to drive to the airport. Stef forgot his yellow fever vaccination booklet so we had to turn back. Oh the excitement...
At Heathrow, Stef was discovered to have his Leatherman in his handluggage. The lady didn't look impressed, not surprising considering it has a whole range of blades on it.
Then our plane to Frankfurt was delayed due to the emergency exit light not working.
At Frankfurt, we couldn't find any seating and eventually hogged a table in the waiting area of a Croatia bound flight. Mwahahaha.
Moving to our gate, we sat near a group of American Christians who were pouring over a map and planning a route for their converting mission. Stef and I exchanged disgusted looks. Sorry - I don't hold with that shit.
Then, to continue with the bad omens, our plane to Addis was delayed while they fixed the weather monitoring system.
But finally we were on our way, leaving European soil for the next 2 and half months. We got some good views of the Alps as we passed overhead.
Once we passed out of Europe, we crossed the Nile about 7 times. The desert was so empty - just ripples of dunes, and the occasional straight road going nowhere. Over Sudan we were in the middle of a thunderstorm, which was odd - the lightning would light up the clouds and suddenly you'd get a sense of where you were, as opposed to just staring into pitch black.
Arrived at Bole Airport late at night and got a $20 visa on arrival. We collected our bags and found a money changer next to the Christian group who were all in a huddle. Turned out one of their bags hadn't arrived, so they were all praying. We left them to it and sorted a taxi out to the Piazza area. Stepping out into the night air brought the familiar and distinctive "Africa" smell. Hello Africa! The streets were completely deserted - very eerie. Got a room at the Baro Hotel, and Stef fell asleep while I battled with a swaying sensation as if I was on a boat. Strange. We reckon it is slight altitude sickness, since Addis is at 2,500m. The altitude also means it's quite cold. Stef was fine of course, but I was grateful for the fleecy blanket.
Where I stayed