First stop Addis Ababa

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
Itegue Taitu Hotel

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We left London on Monday night for Addis Ababa.

Sunday and Monday I felt terrible with flu symptoms and a very sore throat. These symptoms continued to get worse, and by the time I arrived in Addis I was in a bad way.

It was very difficult to sleep as if I were to swallow the pain was so bad it woke me up. If I didn't swallow my throat got so dry that it became so painful, it woke me up - perfect. Eating is completely out of the question, and after two days with no food and less than 24 hours in Africa a trip to the doctors was in order.

I had imagined pristine marble floors, a feint smell of bleach and an attractive receptionist with a full set of teeth....I was way off.

The doctor had a look at me and then gave me an injection in the bum and a prescription for some antibiotics and painkillers. Couldn't squeeze a diagnosis out of him, the best I could get was "Yes my friend iz da throat"

The injection made me feel a lot better and gave me the confidence to book the 9 hour 5am bus to Bahir Dar the next morning.

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