7 years back in time

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A new country, 7 years back in time and what a difference! 18 months in East and Southern Africa and now I realize I really came to a different place. The 7 years back in time are literally because in Ethiopia they live in the year 2005! From the left side of the road we now have to drive on the right side (never colonized by Brittain!) of the road. The coffee here actually smells like real coffee and tastes great. No ugali but njira and all kinds of other delicious additions with spiced meat etc.. Drinking Saint George and Harar beer with the Ethiopian alphabet which looks a bit like Arabic.

In the rest of Africa every place is always full of light with big bulbs but here there is a lot of darkness which makes it difficult to see what money you spent with the Birr notes that look all the same. Then the music gives me an Arabic feeling and the way they dance looks at first side a bit stupid and without any rhythm. It reminds me of Mzungu's trying to dance on African beats but do not really get the vibe…. Also I read and have already seen that all ladies who are in bars are prostitutes. In Kenya it is not that obvious if you do not know how it works but here you can see it instantly. I have heard that it is legal here and for young men it is totally normal to get one of these ladies of pleasure for a night if you have the money to do so.

Practical stuff

-          There are almost no ATM’s in Ethiopia so you need to change money when you go over land. Dollars are the best but Kenya shillings can also be changed at the border. Try to get some information and a good rate. This time the rate is 100 Ksh = 21 Birr.

-          They say in Moyale that if you take the bus you have to pay extra for your bag. Don’t pay more than 20 Birr.
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