Posted in May 2012

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

For three days of Daniel’s visit, we went on a safari to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. For the entire week before he arrived, I worried that the safari would be a disaster. A successful safari depends largely on luck, since you are generally driving around a huge area (Serengeti covers 5,700 square … Continue reading

Daniel in Africa, Part One: Nairobi –> Serengeti

Daniel in Africa, Part One: Nairobi –> Serengeti

After my beach vacation (can you still call it a vacation if you haven’t been working?), I had one day in Nairobi to eagerly await Daniel’s arrival. It rained the entire day. I tried to figure out whether there was any way to waterproof our itinerary (metaphorically, not literally), but concluded that there was not. … Continue reading

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

In between Juliet leaving Nairobi and Daniel arriving in Nairobi, I had about a week to spend in Kenya, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. On the recommendation of Juliet, her friends, and a kind-of-obnoxious-but-seemingly-very-knowledgeable-about-Kenya woman I met on a plane, I decided to head for the coast. Only-in-Africa Beach-Vacation-Planning … Continue reading

Flying Ethiopian

Flying Ethiopian

Sunday, April 15, 2012. 12:00 pm: Juliet and I call Ethiopian Airlines and ask to change our flight from Lalibela to Addis from Tuesday the 17th to Monday the 16th. We love Lalibela, but we had arrived a day earlier than planned (since we had to skip out of ATM-less Axum a day early) and … Continue reading

Eating Ethiopian

Eating Ethiopian

Ethiopian food is so delicious that it deserves its own post. For anyone that hasn’t had it, a traditional Ethiopian meal usually consists of a large circular injera (sour bread made from teff flour) with a selection of salads and wots (spicy meat or vegetable stews) spooned on top of it. You eat with your … Continue reading

A little more Lalibela

A little more Lalibela

Juliet and I arrived in Lalibela on Good Friday, and went straight to the main cluster of churches, where we saw a sea of white shawls spilling out of the churches and dotting the ledges above. The churches are carved into the mountains and surrounded by narrow passageways and oddly-shaped crevices and then, when you … Continue reading

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum (or Aksum — as with many languages that we transliterate, we found that there often isn’t just one correct spelling for places in Ethiopia) is a small city in Tigrai, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, near the Eritrean border. Tigrayans are ethnically the same as Eritreans, and their first language is Tigrinya, although almost … Continue reading

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

The ride to Gondar was only about 2.5 hours from Bahir Dar by car, which was a nice change from the previous day’s long bus ride. Highlight: stopping at a market and watching Juliet expertly negotiate a good price for half a cow skin, including some scraps for me. Bahir Dar is known for animal … Continue reading

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

After a few days in Addis Ababa, Juliet and I started our real Ethiopian adventure with a ten-hour bus ride to Bahir Dar. This is a rough breakdown of how we spent the time: Lunch & bathroom breaks — 1 hour Sleeping — 3 hours Watching Ethiopian music videos — 30 minutes Looking out the … Continue reading