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My trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The fifth stop on my trip around the world.

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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.
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Beza Entoto Workshop, Ethiopia

Beza Entoto Workshop, Ethiopia

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!
Lion Zoo, Ethiopia

Lion Zoo, Ethiopia

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.
Entoto Hill, Ethiopia

Entoto Hill, Ethiopia

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!

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My trip to Rabat, Morocco

The sixth stop in my trip around the world.

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On July 4th I sadly had to leave Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia opened my eyes to a whole new life style; there are so many people living in poverty with such harsh lives. Living in a developed country is truly an opportunity that many take for granted. I arrived in Rabat, Morocco on July 5th after a total flight duration of 21 hours and 15 minutes. I travelled a total of 1886.61 kilometers and the flight cost $1183.92. While in Morocco I was able to visit Rabat for 6 full days and it was an honor to be able to see the Flea Market, Chellah, and Downtown Rabat. The flea market was an interesting place to wander. The streets were filled with colourful carpets, leatherworks, leather slippers, and even copper crafts. It was interesting for travellers because the original diplomatic residences are still intact. It was also very interesting to think of the history that took place in that area. At one point the craft shops were once used for the setting of slave auctions in the days of the Sallee River.
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Flea Market, Morocco

Flea Market, Morocco

The Chellah is a place full of history! The cemetery, ancient ruins, and historic sites all made the visit a very educational and interesting one. The land is filled with wonderful gardens, old mosques, and churches. I was very lucky to be able to have the chance to see some Storks nesting on pillars. It was a very relaxing day as I spend it walking around, near grassy stone walls, and gardens full of fruit trees.
Chellah, Morocco

Chellah, Morocco

The city of Rabat was founded in the 12th century. Downtown Rabat is very modern; within it, it has historic sites, shops and nightlife. One thing I found very different was that you were never pressured into buying anything. It was a very safe place to explore and to take pictures.
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Downtown Rabat, Morocco

Downtown Rabat, Morocco

I really enjoyed a French cuisine near the hotel called 'Cosmopolitan Restaurant', it was recently renovated and now has a panoramic view and private garden. It looked more like a house than a restaurant. The dining room overlooked old wall of the city and the menu was very small but updated for different seasons. The hotel I stayed at was called 'Riad Kalaa'. It was only a few steps from the ocean and the rooms had an open fire. The architecture was very unique with hooks and crannies, terraces, alcoves and salons, which ensured harmonious and restful ambiance. I am so sad to be leaving Africa but cannot wait to continue my journey in South America visiting Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru.

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My trip to Mar del Plata, Argentina

The seventh stop in my trip around the world.

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Welcome to Argentina! I am so happy to finally be in South America. I left Rabat, Morocco on July 12th and arrived in Mar del Plata, Argentina on July 13th. The total flight derivation was 29 hours and 15 minutes, with three stops in Paris, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. I travelled 9585.69 kilometers and the flight cost $2079.90. I was very fortunate to be able to spend 3 full days in Mar del Plata. While visiting I explored Aquasol Water Park, Fuente Aguas Danzantes, and Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo. The Aquasol Water Park is the home to emormous water slides, a swimming pool with waves, and is so spacious that the whole family could enjoy it! Aquasol is the only water park in Argentina...in fact it is the largest one in South America! The water was so clear and I truly felt like I was in the Caribbean!
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Aquasol Water Park, Argentina

Aquasol Water Park, Argentina

The Fuente Aquas Danzantes is a water fountain that follows the beat of music to create movements with the water! It was quite the site to see.
Fuente Aquas Danzantes, Argentina

Fuente Aquas Danzantes, Argentina

Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo is now a cultural centre that features changing art and cultural exhibits. I visited this sight during late afternoon and was lucky enough to see a local musician preform. I also enjoyed a nice cup of tea at a cute little tea house in the garden.
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Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, Argentina

Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo, Argentina

I stayed at the Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel. I was very excited when I found out that my room had an ocean view. It was a lovely, modern hotel, with good looking rooms and a well decorated entrance. It was also very nice to be able to spend a couple of hours at the spa and relax. After such a busy vacation it was nice to have some downtime. A restaurant that I really enjoyed was called the 'La Marina'. It was the best place by far in Mar del Plata for those who like fish. The fish was so fresh; I have never tasted anything like it! I received a fish cream to start my meal and it was amazing. The next place I will visit will be Asuncion, Paraguay! I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity to travel so much.

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My trip to Asuncion, Paraguay

The eighth stop in my trip around the world.

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On July 17th I left Mar del Plata, Argentina and continued my journey to Asuncion, Paraguay. The flight was not very long; it only lasted 5 hours and I travelled 1413. 50 kilometers. The flight had one stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cost for this flight was $500. I was so happy to be able to spend 7 full days in Asuncion, it is so pretty there. While I was in Asuncion I got to see the Asuncion Municipal Theatre, Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera, and the Casa de la Independencia. The Asuncion Municipal Theatre is a historical theatre that opened in the late 1844, and became very popular amongst local people. I went to the theatre to share in the lives in the locals. The cost of the shows are less than $10. Any performance featuring a harp is a must see. The harp is the Paraguay musical forte instrument. The theatre has lots of detail and vibrant colours. It was really beautiful to see.
Asuncions Municipal Theatre, Paraguay

Asuncions Municipal Theatre, Paraguay

The Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera is an antique city block transformed into a museum, library, theatre, and café complex. The nine colourful houses are a cultural symbol of Paraguay, and upon visiting them you really get to experience the life of the locals.
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Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera, Paraguay

Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera, Paraguay

The Casa de la Independencia is the oldest building in Paraguay where Paraguayans declared independence in 1811. It was built in 1772 and is a quaint museum that features furniture, coins, and copies of speeches. Everything was written in Spanish which made it very hard to understand.
Casa de la Independencia, Paraguay

Casa de la Independencia, Paraguay

While in Asuncion I stayed at the Sheraton Asuncion Hotel. The staff were not fluent in English so it took a while to understand them. The hotel was located in front of places to go shopping and many restaurants. The rooms where clean and were a good size. I really enjoyed a South American restaurant nearby the hotel called Mburicao Restaurant. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere and great food. I really enjoyed the chocolate soufflé for my dessert. Asuncion, Paraguay was such a cool place to visit, I was so happy to be able to spend a lot of time with the locals. My next stop will be Lima, Peru.

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My trip to Lima, Peru

The last stop in my trip around the world.

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I cannot believe almost two months has gone by. I am so excited to be here in Lima after a flight duration of 20 hours and 5 minutes. The flight had two stops in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and La Paz, Bolivia. The flight cost $576 and I travelled a total of 2525.11 kilometers. I was able to spend 4 full days in Lima, and while I was there I got the chance to walk around, visit the Marcahuas, and the Parque Reserva. While walking around Lima I was able to experience the culture of this country. The ultra-modern seaside neighbourhoods with gritty shantytowns that cling to hillsides. Lima even has a golf course in the middle of the financial district. The glass enclosed apartment buildings, and high-rise business towers truly made you feel as if you were in New York City.
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My hike in the Marcahuas was one of the highlights of my entire trip. I was 13 000 feet above sea level, over-looking the Pacific Ocean. Marcahuas is the energetic and mystical wonder of the world. It was truly an amazing experience, but I got a little bit of a sunburn.
Marcahuas, Peru

Marcahuas, Peru

The Parque Reserve is an excellent place for people watching. It is located in the middle of many universities and schools. It consists of beautiful fountains and funky stores. I was quite surprised to find out that I had to pay .50 sole to use the washroom. It was kind of funny actually.
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Parque Reserva, Peru

Parque Reserva, Peru

One part of the Peruvian culture is returning to its roots, which is it's amazing cuisine. I was able to experience their cultural food at 'La Locanda" restaurant. There were so many foods to chose from and the staff was very friendly, and passionate in helping me chose what to eat. I stayed at the Hotel Atton San Isidro. This hotel was perfect because it was 5 minutes away from everything and was $70 per night. I am so sad to leave Lima, Peru and head back home to Toronto. This whole vacation has been truly amazing.

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