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Back to basics...

25 °C

We finally made it to Addis Ababa, the date in Ethiopia is 5th May 2005 (as we know it, 13th January 2013), the time is 2.35am (as we know it, 8.05am) and we can finally relax after a traumatic and dramatic 36 hours. After a 9 hour layover in Nairobi, we arrived at Bole airport in Addis and waited for our backpacks...and waited...and waited. But they never arrived and in our delusional tired state, we bartered for a taxi (after missing our lift from taking so long waiting) and found our tiny brothel hotel. Don’t worry, today we collected our bags from the airport and it’s probably put us in a better state of mind for our adventures than if we hadn't lost them!


- Always put ‘tracing tags’ on your bags when flying Ethiopian Airlines – Google tells us that losing bags is part of their service.
- Always put a spare set of clothes, undies and washing soap in your hand luggage.
- Always carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer – not high on Ethiopian’s requirements.
- Ethiopian hotels generally double as brothels – makes for interesting sound effects through the night...boom chicka wah wah!


- Talking for hours to Steve, a retired British gentleman who is cycling the world solo, only picking up companions on his route. (http://tarpot.wordpress.com/)
- Portion sizes to challenge the U.S. and delicious local food.
- Back to basics for 2 days with only the clothes we were wearing, no means to wash and a tiny, cold hotel room where we were too afraid to sleep under the covers (yes, which meant we were also sleeping in said clothes).
- 22 pence macchiato’s – about 10 per day!

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Next steps: Bahir Dar 10 hours by mini bus.

Posted by moseyingmizuiks 21:34 Archived in Ethiopia

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22p for a macchiato?! Awesome

by Ian

Wow! Sounds eventful already!!! Glad to see you are making friends already!!! Its snowing here in old blighty so pretty cold a world apart from you guys!!

by Sarah Leipnik

Sounds exciting already guys. Steve make sure u collect those recipes - start already!


by the wellsy's

Haha, awesome. This blog will be my new morning coffee indeed. Lots of love from London, you two!

by Jasper

22p for a macchiato? Sounds a bit expensive for that part of the world haha. I would be having 10 a day too. Sounds like you've got right into the experience from the getgo - glad you're both enjoying it and still have your belongings, which is always good! Bon travels, JR.

by James Rose

Sounds like an epic start to an epic adventure! Keep writing & you better be making a detour to see me. Love to you both MWAH x

by Jojo Wells

Still snowing here and the forecast is for heavy falls tomorrow (friday) Les Mis was fab-want to go again. Glad you have all your luggage and are moving on, what an adventure ! Love and miss you both. xxx Dad

by David

Wow!!! I now know what a blog means.. lovely to read and see the pictures.. but now i miss you more. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

by Mum

We miss you and love you and are thinking of you guys every day be safe and love you love mom &dad

by Brian &Louise

WICKED....awesome....wonderful to see you both having settled into new way of life!!! Didn't realise when i thanked you for blog i thought that was email....eeerrrr! love you both. have fun. Bee


Loving the life at the moment! 20p coffees, 60p beers, 2 meals for £3 and getting charged "farangi" prices when applicable. Always up for a good haggle!

by moseyingmizuiks

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