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  • [31/643] Addis AbabaAt around 9:30am, I left with the Natasha and Cady to the university/museum area by taxi (Natasha could claim the taxi ride to the university for work - she works at developing partnerships between scientists domestically and internationally) and I Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jul 1, 2017
  • [30/643] Fly from Mekele to Addis AbabaLast couple of days in Ethiopia! At noon I flew to Addis Ababa. For some strange reason both security checkpoints in the Mekele airport seemed to have some fascination with my (empty) mini water bottle. The guy at the Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 30, 2017
  • [29/643] Danakil Depression to MekeleThe next morning we woke up at 4am to go back to the volcano for a last look. We had to approach from a different direction this time. The molten lava is always changing and the changing wind determines which Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 29, 2017
  • [28/643] Danakil DepressionThere is a ton of new construction going on in Ethiopia, primarily by the Chinese. It seems to be primarily roadwork, but there are a lot of tourist class hotels being built. But I've noticed that a lot Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 28, 2017
  • [27/643] Bus from Axum to Wukro to MekeleI waited at 5:30am for my tuk tuk to take me to the bus, but it didn't show up on time, so I took one passing by for $0.10. I took the 6am bus from Axum to Mekele for $4.25. Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 27, 2017
  • [25/643] Fly from Gondar to AxumTook it slow in the morning. The internet at the hotel was finally working a little bit so I started to try to book a couple of tours. https://www.gadventures.com/trips/rwanda-and-uganda-gorilla-and-chimp-adventure/DRGR/2015/ https://www.gadventures.co Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 25, 2017
  • [26/643] AxumStarting around 9-9:30am, I met up with my guide to see the main sites of Axum. Overall Axum was moderately interesting, however if short on time, probably not a big deal to skip. Except for the main stelae field, the Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 26, 2017
  • [24/643] Simien MountainsSpent the day in the Simien Mountains. Got picked up early at 7:30am. Took about 3 hours to drive to Simien Mountains National Park, registering at the office (not that many people visiting the park in this season Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 24, 2017
  • [23/643] GondarSpent the day hitting up the main tourist attractions around the city. After breakfast (including Lalibela honey and a tall glass of fresh mango juice), around 9:45am, I hooked up with a group of 4 people (including an older professor couple Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 23, 2017
  • [22/643] Fly from Lalibela to GondarIn the morning I headed to town because the power was still out and I couldn't pay for my hotel with my credit card. Fortunately the ATM in town had power. Took a last look at the churches Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 22, 2017
  • [21/643] LalibelaPhoto of George Bush Jr. with the staff of the Lalibela Lodge. Met my new guide first thing in the morning. Had the option Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 21, 2017
  • [20/643] Fly from Bahir Dar to LalibelaIn the morning I took the half hour flight to Lalibela. I'd originally tried to book the Lalibela Hotel, but they never responded. Instead I booked the more expensive Lalibela Lodge. They offered free airport pickup, which Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 20, 2017
  • [19/643] Bahir DarI didn't get a ton of sleep overnight. Throughout the night I kept seeing cockroaches crawling out from below my bed. Throughout the night I would jump out of bed and smash them with the plastic slippers they Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 19, 2017
  • [18/643] Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir DarA 1 hour flight in the morning took me into Bahir Dar. Unfortunately the airport is an inconvenient 8km away from town. I had trouble finding information on how to actually get to town from the airport, but Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 18, 2017
  • [17/643] Addis AbabaIn the morning I got myself directed to a place where I could buy a SIM so that I could use my phone. Had to bring my passport to get it registered to me. It cost me $4 and when Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 17, 2017
  • [16/643] Addis AbabaMy flight arrived early in the morning (6:15am). For my dive into a new country and continent, I made things a little easier on myself, I arranged for my hotel to pick me up from the airport. I booked the Posted by mkwan in Around the World | Jun 16, 2017
  • Home to the USAHi all, Well, I've been home for over a month, just got all of the pictures uploaded to the site. Hope you enjoy. I'll do some tweaking to the blog over the next couple of weeks. Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Apr 7, 2010
  • Konso, entry to the Omo ValleyHello all, I'm on my way to the Lower Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. It is a HOT, wild and sparsely inhabited area. There are a number of traditional tribes, in this area....right out of a National Geographic article. Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 9, 2010
  • Hawassa or Awassa, but it's R & RAfter treking and kind of roughing it, having some creature comforts is nice. The Lakeside Motel is a great place, I only was able to get a room because of a last minute cancellation. It's relatively new, spacious, Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 6, 2010
  • We're not in Kansas any more, Toto!!OK, maybe this is not the land of OZ, no Munchkins, but from a cultural standpoint, it is the most unusual place I've visited in my life. Over three days we spend time in four different areas, none Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 13, 2010
  • Dorze, cool highlands, and 'elephant lodge'After returning to Arba Minch for a couple of hours, I head into the cool highlands of the Guge Mountains. Tonight will be chilly, and I'm looking forward to this after the sweltering heat of the Omo Valley. Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 15, 2010
  • ArbaMich to Jimma via Sodo, The Road Less TraveledI've arrived in the city of Jimma, after traveling by bus for two days. The total distance is only about 340 KM, 220 miles, but it's been slow going. The road is an improved gravel base, but it's Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 18, 2010
  • Jimma and Weliso....On the way home to my shweetie!!! :) That's how I'm starting to feel. Being away from Carole this long was too long. My reason for visiting Jimma was.....it's the home of coffee!!! Coffee maybe helped save Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 20, 2010
  • Almost leaving for homeI've traveled to Debre Zeyit primarily because of the extra week I have in Ethiopia. At this point in the trip I've accomplished what I had planned to do through out the entire country, just a little faster then I Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Feb 23, 2010
  • Update from CaroleWell, as most of you know, I am not in Harar but I didn't want to mess up the flow. I wanted to let everyone know that I have updated the first month of our trip with photos and a Posted by CWalts in Ethiopia - 75 Days | Jan 23, 2010
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