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2. Posted by Interluke (Budding Member 9 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!


Things have changed so much since I traveled across Africa many years ago.
But since I now live in Ethiopia, and have for the past 6 years, I can give you up-to-date info on Ethiopia.

In a nutshell, Ethiopia is probably the safest African country in which to travel. Unless, of course, there is a regional or specific issue of unrest in a specific area. But that goes for any country. But these issues are clearly discussed on State dept websites.

The people are at their core, gently and non-violent, and even a little naive. Most are un-jaded and unaccustomed to Western aggressiveness and dog- eat- dog way of life. There is petty theft, like in many countries. But violence is very rare against foreigners. So when you visit the great Marcado shopping area, be very aware that you will be a target. If you keep money or your phone in your pocket, there's a good chance someone will try and go for it at Marcado. Same goes for Piassa area, but to a lesser degree.
In the capital, there is no malaria which is no small thing. Not that you would only want to spend time here, of course.

The bureaucracy can be disturbingly convoluted. But it's Africa. On the other hand, you may be able to get a one-on-one with a top-level minister should you have an issue which needs timely action. Try doing that in the USA. Ethiopians are very proud of their peculiarities. The year is 2013 and many clocks will be set six hours ahead. The days are months are also different. Goggle it, you'll see what I mean.

I work in healthcare. It's improving. But in short, if you can help it, don;t get really sick here! And if you do, get to the Korean Hospital which runs with far greater efficiency than typical Ethiopian facility.

The variety of tribes is fantastic and many retain their look and cultural feel. You'll know you're not in Kansas anymore.

As far as the rest of Africa, or other placed I'd been, it has always served me well to maintain a heightened awareness of your surroundings when you are among the population. A little paranoia will go a long in keeping you safe. It's the necessary downside of world traveling, especially in potentially dicey locales. Be wary, but open to genuine hospitality.

And, unless you're only doing northern Europe, or some popular "gringo trail", get a big burly guy to travel with. It's just the way it is.

Gotta go. Happy trails!!!!!!!

3. Posted by Maria1611 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for responding Mark!

I have just added Ethiopia to my bucketlist :)

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