Eastern Africa 2007

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Glorious Yemen!  My "dry" international flight fron Addis to San'a landed at 12:30 pm.  Upon entry into the immigration/visa hall I noticed the ATM machine was down and was ushered through to use the machine in the waiting area and then headed back to the visa window to purchase my visa for 5500 rials.  I [...]

By |December 7th, 2007|Categories: Yemen 2007|Comments Off on San’a

Cognac in Ethiopia

  I acquired a taste for cognac in the Ukraine in the Spring of 2007.  At home in Canada it has become an expensive habit to maintain. After alcohol abstinence during travels to Sudan I was delighted to find so many bars, beers and so much alcohol in Ethiopia. I enjoyed the beers,but was also [...]

By |November 30th, 2007|Categories: Ethiopia|Comments Off on Cognac in Ethiopia

Addis to Arba Minch

I caught the bus at 5am to Arba Minch and was lucky to score a seat near the front as the 11 hour trip is very bumpy.  In fact a couple of times people were jostled out of the back seats on to the floor when the driver when over a large bump. We arrived [...]

By |November 24th, 2007|Categories: Ethiopia|1 Comment


After 6 weeks of basic amenities te offering fo Addis were too tempting.  Addis is a very mellow, easy going, city with many services to support the large NGO and UN community. First class restaurants at McDonald's prices serve mediterannean, Italian, India and Middle Eastern Food in attractive surrounds. The city is easy to nafigate [...]

By |November 24th, 2007|Categories: Ethiopia|Comments Off on Addis

Jigger/Chigger Fleas

I noticed some black round spots on a couple of toes on my right foot.  But with th dust and cold showers I thought it was permanent dirt until it started to develop into a lump.  I thought it was a blister as I had been walkignso much so I went to the Bethzatha Hospital [...]

By |November 17th, 2007|Categories: Ethiopia|Comments Off on Jigger/Chigger Fleas