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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa

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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

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Ethiopia: The Merkato and Goodbye

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

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Ethiopia: The Last Days of the Trip

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

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Ethiopia, Day Six: Edna Mall and Poverty

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

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Ethiopia, Day Five: Another Trip to Tomoca and Traditional Coffee

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

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Ethiopia, Day Three: A Trip to Tomoca

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

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Ethiopia, Day Two: An Adventurous Walk and a Near Swindle

Today was an adventurous day. I walked all the way up Mount Entoto and saw the sites along the way, rode mini-buses, and nearly got ripped off at a shady coffee house!

I decided to walk toward Mount Entoto after the taxis asked for nearly $40 for a one-way trip there (insanely expensive even . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Two: An Adventurous Walk and a Near Swindle

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Ethiopia, Day One

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country located near the Horn of Africa. Mountainous and elevated, this country has a long and proud history, and is one of the only countries to have retained its independence even through the heavy colonization of Africa. The country is located between the desert country of Sudan to the west . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day One

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