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26-Jul-2011 04:35, SONY DSC-S950, 2.5, 5.8mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100 Kevin’s take:
This is one of the “bigger” hotels in Addis Ababa, and is located next to a major road in an area where there is a lot of development. It is promoted as a five star hotel, and for . . . → Read More: Hotel Review: Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa
On the way back from Ethiopia we happened to land in Amsterdam long enough to be able to take a train to the city and explore the tourist core for a little bit. The city is close to the airport and is also geographically quite small in size, which is probably why so many . . . → Read More: Amsterdam: Passing Through…
Before leaving, we spent some time at the Merkato, Africa’s largest outdoor open market. We were lucky to have a guide (Anne’s coworker), as the Merkato is a chaotic place with people and goods everywhere. It is also a place where pretty much every Ethiopian has told me to not keep money in your . . . → Read More: Ethiopia: The Merkato and Goodbye
Due to travel sickness, most of the last days were spent at the hotel, simply reading or resting. Even if I hadn’t been sick, the opportunities to travel outside the city were limited since she had to work during the day. Otherwise I would have loved to go visit Gondar and Lalibela, as well . . . → Read More: Ethiopia: The Last Days of the Trip
We’ve both been feeling under the weather, but her more than me. Lots of trips to the bathroom; probably traveller’s sickness. Apparently it happens to everyone who comes to Ethiopia; it’s all part of the acclimatization process. The Intercontinental Hotel staff has stellar customer service and they are very willing to help with anything . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Days Nine and Ten: Feeling Under the Weather
Here is Anne’s review of Bishangari, also available on Trip Advisor:
Peaceful, serene – beware of village children!
After being in Addis Ababa for 2 weeks, we decided to go out of the city for a weekend to explore the rest of Ethiopia. We had heard of a resort type of place called Bishangari . . . → Read More: Bishangari, Lake Langano: A Review by Anne
This weekend we travelled to Bishangari. This is a nice eco-resort that is next to Lake Langano and surrounded by many villagers. These villagers are poor in terms of material consumption but they otherwise appear to be healthy, and they have plenty of animals. I prefer their style of housing to the tin shanties . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Days Seven and Eight: Bishangari, Lake Langano
Today was a quiet day.
I did some tour hunting in the morning and then some reading, and then in afternoon Anne came back early and we went to the Edna mall for a movie. This is one of the spots where the middle class of Addis Ababa goes to see a movie. There . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Six: Edna Mall and Poverty
I went back to Tomoca today, and I brought some food with me to distribute to people in need.
First, I walked to the Hilton to reserve a trip to Bishangari on Lake Langano. Just before I entered the Hitlon, I had a guide approach me and he was wondering if I spoke Ahmaric, . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Five: Another Trip to Tomoca and Traditional Coffee
I walked to Tomoca from the hotel today. It was a nice day, warm, and I’ve been getting adjusted to the altitude. The air pollution is a problem, but it’s not as bad as Hanoi. The people are friendly; they call out to say hello. At the same time, there are a lot of . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Three: A Trip to Tomoca