Tagged with Travels with Juliet

Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … 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

Happy birthday Juliet, and other highlights of Addis

Happy birthday Juliet, and other highlights of Addis

Our first full day in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, was Juliet’s birthday, so we put off getting-to-know-Addis temporarily to celebrate properly, with manicures and massages. In the evening we had birthday cake and champagne at our hotel, courtesy of Juliet’s mom, and then went out for dinner and drinks with a few … Continue reading