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  • Horn of AfricaGreetings from Addis Ababa, the self styled ‘Capital of Africa’ as it’s the home of the African Union and the UN has their continental HQ here. Whilst like virtually all African cities it has a very rough edge to it Posted by carlswall in 2wyvernsonmychest | Sep 6, 2016
  • Goodbye BarhirdarYesterday was St Gabriel's Day. There is some complicated system in the hospital where each 'suburb' of Barhirdar is assigned a Saint and the nurse or midwife living in that particular suburb hosts the celebration lunch for their Saint. It Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 27, 2016
  • Hippo HuntingFirstly, sadly, my phone is dead. It's insides have been totally cooked by what I assume was a power surge and I have probably lost all my photos (apart from the ones saved for this blog). However, Marjolein has kindly Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 21, 2016
  • An inspiring man Over the last 2 days, I've had the privilege of spending time with the most inspiring man I have ever met. Andrew Browning is the gynaecologist who has worked here in Africa for many years; setting up this hospital in Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 19, 2016
  • Breasts!It has been a rather stressful 2 days. I awoke yesterday to find a message from my boy Alex telling me he was 'safe'! This obviously raised a few questions and concerns. After a quick Google search, I learnt about Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 16, 2016
  • Half wayIt is hard to believe but I have now been in Ethiopia for 2 weeks and I am halfway through my adventure. What an amazing experience so far! Who would have thought that I'd survive? Let's face it, I'm not Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 14, 2016
  • CoffeeIt has been a long 48 hours! The internet has been down, the electricity has been on and off, my shower is still cold and I have been busy at the hospital. However, there seems to be a small window Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 12, 2016
  • Neonatal careNeonatal care is somewhat different to our model! Firstly, here we are often not knowing what to expect when the baby arrives. There is no such thing as a CTG and the baby is monitored in labour using a doppler (assuming Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 10, 2016
  • Calm before the storm Today I woke up to no electricity. This apparently happens often, especially if there is heavy rain overnight. It usually returns within a few hours but at 9.30 it was still off. So, no hot shower and no coffee!! Marjolein Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 3, 2016
  • A twist!I have now been in Barhirdar for 48 hours. Just as I have started to settle in, there has been a rather interesting twist. Apparently the rules have suddenly changed and Immigration will now no longer extend business visas. This Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 2, 2016
  • BarhirdarThe trip to Barhirdar was an experience! My first problem was getting into the domestic terminal. The security guard at the entrance thought I was lost and kept trying to convince me to go to the International airport. I obviously Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jul 1, 2016
  • Addis AbabaWith much trepidation, I ventured into the chaos of Addis Ababa. I tried to book an organized tour but I appear to be the only tourist in Addis today. All the companies needed a minimum of 2 people. So Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jun 29, 2016
  • The long tripHow do you pack for this sort of trip? I'm told it is 'wet season' so hot, humid and muddy (remind me again why I'm doing this!). And I have to protect against those nasty malaria-ridden mosquitoes. I was Posted by gunny64 in Ethiopia Adventure | Jun 28, 2016
  • Addis Abeba... capitale d'AfriqueDernier jour sur les terres éthiopiennes... Nous quittons Mekele tôt le matin pour voler vers Addis Abeba. Nous avons toute la journée pour découvrir la capitale. C'est une ville qui bouillonne, dans un pays qui ne demande qu'à croître. Le café Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 18, 2016
  • Retour vers Mekele3h... Guy nous réveille... Petit déjeuner et on plie bagage! Les dromadaires et leurs très jeunes guides sont prêts... Nous descendons les premiers 150 mètres de dénivelé à pied car le terrain est pentu et il faut ménager les Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 17, 2016
  • La caldera du volcan Erta AleLa nuit fut douce... Bercés par un petit vent frais nous avons dormi jusqu'aux aurores. Le campement s'anime... Petit déjeuner sous abri, et nous partons découvrir de jour le volcan. [img=http: Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 16, 2016
  • Sur la route du volcan Erta AleLe groupe a fondu 8 sur 14 partent vers le Erta Ale point chaud se trouvant au fin fond du désert du Danakil, à l'est de Dallol. Nous prenons une autre route serpentant à travers les roches stratifiées... La plaine Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 15, 2016
  • A la découverte de MekeleNuit reposante et rafraîchissante à Mekele... Le groupe se divise, 5 courageux vont affronter la cuisine locale. En tuktuk, sorte de mobylette carrossée, nous partons en quête d'un restaurant typique. Après avoir trouvé la porte fermée d'une Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 14, 2016
  • Le lac Karum et les travailleurs du selLa nuit fut relativement plus fraîche (30 °C) permettant un peu de repos. Nous reprenons les 4x4 pour rejoindre les canyons de sel rose situés à l'ouest du plateau de Dallol. Avec un énorme plaisir, nous retraçons la route que nous Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 13, 2016
  • Dans la fournaise du volcan DallolPersonne n'a bien dormi... Mais beaucoup ruisselé... Et pour cause, la température nocturne est restée autour de 47 degrés... Il a fallu attendre une maigre "fraîcheur" pour s'endormir un peu. Après un bon café, nos 4x4 fendent l'horizon à travers le Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 12, 2016
  • Sur la route de la dépression du Danakil9h30... Nous sommes fin prêts pour le départ. Nous allons rouler à 5 4x4... Mekele est à 2000 mètres d’altitude, mais curieusement, la route vers le désert du Danakil situé sous le niveau des océans commence par une longue montée. Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 11, 2016
  • Arrivée à MekeleArrivée à Addis Abeba sous un ciel gris... Le terminal accueille des vols du monde entier. Quelques minutes d'attente et le visa de touriste est en poche! Direction le hub local... Salle d'attente frustre, mais avec de sympathiques chaises longues qui Posted by bloomglance in Dallol et Erta Ale | Apr 10, 2016
  • Return to AddisSpent a nice day in Harar just walking around mostly. Lots of little alleyways in which to wander....really lively Muslim market with veggies, meat, baskets and the like. We took a tuk tuk a few km out out Posted by madpax in Ramble On... | Feb 27, 2016
  • Highway to HararSo what was supposed to happen yesterday was this: We were to wake up in Mekele and take the 9am flight to Addis. Directly from the Addis airport we had arranged for a driver to take us directly Posted by madpax in Ramble On... | Feb 25, 2016
  • Danakil DepressionWe have just arrived back from the Danakil Depression and have had a well needed shower. We were supposed to fly out tonight to Addis Ababa and but have decided to change our flight and leave in the morning Posted by madpax in Ramble On... | Feb 23, 2016
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