Preparing for Ethiopia
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Getting the visa at the Ethiopian embassy turned out to be difficult. I already called my contact person there but when I was at the embassy I got all kinds of questions about what I do and if I have proof that I worked in Zambia etc.. Apparently it is not allowed for non-Kenyan residents to get a visa over land
Since everything at the embassy took so long I missed the bus to Marsabit which starts of from a very dodgy area in Nairobi Eastlands. Apparently this is Somalian terrain and I didn't really feel comfortable walking around there so I was happy that I took a taxi. When informing for ways to go to Marsabit an undercover police man wanted to talk to me and I said at first that I didn’t believe he was a policeman and walked back to the taxi. Oops…he was a real policeman and just wanted to check my intentions because some bad things happened in this area of Nairobi. Ok no bus but there are trucks so 2 hours later I sat in a truck with 3 others for 15 hours!? to Marsabit. There I got out to recharge my energy for the next trip to the border.
- Do not take trucks from Nairobi to Marsabit because they take very long and are uncomfortable. You better take the bus which goes from 9th Street somewhere in Eastlands every day at 15.30 hrs, be on time! I try never to take taxis but in this case it is a good idea because it is a very dodgy area there.