The fifth stop on my trip around the world.
30.06.2012 - 04.07.2012 34 °C
On June 29th I left Cape Town, South Africa and continued my journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I arrived in Ethiopia on June 30th after a 23 hour flight that travelled approximately 5241.03 kilometers . The flight had one stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The cost for this flight was $606. I was very lucky to be able to spend 3 full days in Addis Ababa. While I was there, I visited the Beza Entoto Workshop, a Lion Zoo, and Entoto Hill. By visiting the Beza Entoto Workshop you support the local NGO, which are people who dedicate their time to helping a community living under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. There were booths to purchase jewellery that were hand made, and made out of coffee beans. By buying the jewellery, you are providing an income for the women as well as giving them a sense of purpose. The prices are very reasonable, I ended up giving them more than they were asking for. The profits not only go to their salary and health care, but also go towards their children's education. I found this experience to be very emotional, and really gave me a sense of reality and how blessed I truly am.
While at the Lion Zoo I felt really bad for the lions. They were very old and placed in cages with cement floors. The zoo was not maintained very well and had garbage all over the place. The lions were not given an open habitat to walk around in. On the bright side I got some really nice pictures of lions up close! They got so much attention!
The Entoto Hill is a geological formation that provides an amazing view of Addis. There were a lot of Eucalyptus trees and you could hear baboons howling in the background, it was quite romantic. The cool, fresh air was a nice change from the pace of the city. I went at dusk and it was really nice because you could see the cities lights sprawled below. I really felt as if I was in Asia, rather than Africa. The hill also had many churches and buildings that were quite the sight to see.
I stayed at the 'Addis Regency Hotel', which was located on the side of the major road. It was not really close to anything which made it quite hard. The staff was very helpful, as they took our bags to our rooms, since there was no elevator. For brunch one day I went to a restaurant known as 'Tomoca'. Tomoca supplied me with some of the best coffee I have ever had! It was so good, I ended up buying some roasted beans to bring home. The coffee smelt and tasted so good! My next stop will be Rabat, Morocco! I am so excited, this has been an amazing experience and I have loved every minute of it!