Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 10

Cost of Television Travel Tip

Cost of Television Travel Tip
Normally when a person pays more than 10-15 dollars per night for a Hotel room a Television starts to be standard in your room. When the room is above 20 dollars, you should expect a television in the room.

If you enter a room that cost more than 20 dollars and there is not a television in the room, you are probably paying too much and receiving poor value for your money, now remember you do not need to watch it, I am just explaining value for your money.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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As best I can guesstimate, a room with a television in it is going to cost you an extra 5-10 dollars on your travel budget per day.

Truly if you want a television in your room expect to pay at least 20 plus dollars per night for a Hotel room. Normally in developed areas of the planet like the USA, Europe or Japan if you get a private room it is going to include a television and the cost for sure over 20 dollars.

I know that West Africa has a problem that the television is only French as the Language of Business is French, Brazil also appears to only want to give you television in Portuguese.

The world is changing quickly; in less than five years, a person should be able to watch English television channels anywhere on the planet without a problem. There are still a few pockets where this is not possible, however soon this will be standard.

If you are Chinese, Russian or Arabic my recommendation is to learn English, it is going to take another 20-30 years to accommodate your needs.

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Cost of Television Travel Tip


Low Quality Hotels Africa or India

Low Quality Hotels Africa or India
I am lying here my bed in Ethiopia debating who has the lowest quality Hotel rooms on the planet. This is truly a difficult decision; I just cannot make up my mind whether it is India or Africa.

I forgot the Arab type Hotels, they truly have some dumps for the money.

Oops, I forgot about China, they some inhuman Hotels for the money, Chinese people do not believe a shower should be included.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, February 27, 2009
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I should not debate this, I do not truly know China or Russia well enough to enter into a full fledge debate with myself and finding a global traveler that has gone to all these areas is close to impossible. I mean one that has lived for months in each of these areas, not just tourist who will pay any amount of money to enjoy themselves, and call it love.

Africa and India just stick out in my mind; however, any thought of India is just a memory of truly dirty and grimy people. Africans girls can be clean in the hot regions, while the men are pigs like the India men or women.

Anyway, I do it, Southeast Asia has the best rooms for the money, and I can get some truly great rooms for very cheap prices.

I think about this a lot; we are going to do some complicated reviews of rooms on our Hotel site HoboHideOut.com that will help people to compare the overall values of room. There is not doubt that in Europe you get the least amount of room for the money. Living in a Dorm Bed in Europe for about 25 Euros has been as close to living in a slum life gets on Planet Earth. There is no privacy, dirty, drunks, theft and people who do not care for about you at three times the prices of the poor countries.

I am happy to know I have the travel skills to transform about any dump into a livable abode. There is little hope for dorm room in Hostel, there is nothing like home about a Hostel Dorm room, however fun to watch the girls get dressed.

Low Quality Hotels Africa or India


Talk Sleep Talk and Sleep Trip

Talk Sleep Talk and Sleep Trip

TALKING
What a great trip Ethiopia, the good Gods made my trip enjoyable. The first three hours on the Coach USA Bus from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois O’Hare airport was enjoyable spent talking to Netherlands women who spoke five languages and sold some type of enzymes they use for food additives.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, February 27, 2009
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SLEEP
I was in a wide body plane from Chicago to London and was able to lie down in the middle and sleep the whole way from London to Damascus, Syria.

TALKING
I was had a great conversation with a British talking about everything under the sun. Our conversation started when I burst out laughing when he said he visited a factory in Tijuana, Mexico. I find it truly hilarious that anyone would have a factory in this city, truly one of my last choices on the planet.

SLEEP
The last leg of the trip, I was again able to lie down in three seats and sleep until I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A truly bad trip is when I must sit upright in a seat, try to sleep surrounded by dull people without a movie to occupy my trip.

One of my bags did not arrive, I am hoping it comes in the next few days; it is truly annoying when a bag does not make the transfers. I truly hope this bag arrives and is not lost; I do not enjoy fighting with airlines over lost baggage.

It is always a great trip on this long haul flights when I am able to sleep or have great conversations.

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Wait for Sunrise to Check in Hotel

Wait for Sunrise to Check in Hotel
Travel Tip

I like to arrive early in the morning; however checking into hotels before the sun rises is difficult.

If you fly in too early, it is a better budget decision to stay in the Airport until the sun rises.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, February 27, 2009
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I prefer my airplane to land in countries between the hours of 4:00 am and 10:00 am. This allows me to have the whole day to look for a Hotel; it is rare for me to get a reservation.

I arrived today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at 2:55 am was at the hotel by 4:00 am, and this was too early. I first went to the Wanza Hotel, however it was full, and I then went over the Rita Pension; however, they were obnoxiously over-priced at 25 dollars.

The kicker was this. If I check in, I had to pay 25 dollars to stay from 4:00 am to noon, or for 8 hours. I said this was very expensive and walked down the street. A man came to help and walked me to a hotel down the street, this one was better at about 13 dollars and I would have checked in, except again they wanted me to pay for just the morning. The manager continued to say, if I checked into the hotel before noon, I had to leave or start a new day at noon.

I went out the front door of the Hotel and sat on the porch for about 1-2 hours until the sun rose. Soon the guards came out from both the Wanza and the other Hotel and motioned me to come into the Hotel.

It is like this anywhere in the world, if they have an empty room, until the sun rises, they are hoping some couple will arrive and rent the room for sex. Two Hotels lied to me and told me I would not be able to enter until noon, I knew this was a lie and ignored it. Normally you can check into about any Hotel on the planet after about 7:00 am without much problem; however, you truly must make it clear you are not going to pay for the prior night.

I woke up all the managers of the Hotels; this is not a great way to get a good deal on room.

I suppose some of you are going think this silly, however I was paid about 13 dollars to sit on the front porch for an hour and I will get a cheaper room in the Wanza for 8 dollars and save having change Hotels to save money.

The sitting on the porch paid for two nights here in a Hotel, truly a good value. Next time I am going to remember to stay in the airport until the sun rises and people become easy…

Wait for Sunrise to Check in Hotel

Wait for Sunrise to Check in Hotel


2009 February 25, Leave USA, Enter Ethiopia

2009 February 25, Leave USA, Enter Ethiopia
Sort of strange, I leave on the USA on the 25, however arrived in Ethiopia on the 27th of February.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, February 27, 2009
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I am now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and very happy to be here.

This is a marker that logs in the dates I enter or leave countries for historical purposes.

2009 February 25, Leave USA, Enter Ethiopia


Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia Explained by Older Woman

Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia
A nice woman has been waving me over, I stopped and sat down with her, she does not speak English. However, a man from another city was trying to translate, it was a nice day. She was doing something to what the translator called “Chick Peas.”

This is a definite maybe, I am not sure, however reasonably sure they are chickpeas.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 6, 2009
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She is always smiling, and within just a few minutes of sitting down, she asked with the help of a translator if I was eating the “Chat.” When I went buy on a horse carriage taxi I was holding in my hand a big bundle of Chat, a plant they locals eat to get high. I said,
“No, I was helping the man in Taxi by holding the Chat.”

I am not sure, I think she looks down, or considers people who chew or eat the Chat as being low classed or bad. I am not sure; I think Chat has to be one of the biggest cash crops in Ethiopia.



Ok, somebody needs to give me a yea or nay, is this Chick Peas?



She had them on this platter; I think she was trying to clean them. She motioned that they were to eat. I held some up to my mouth asking with hand language,can eat. I then put in my mouth and she started to laugh, these things are like eating stones, they need cooked or something.

Chick-Pea
“Chick-Pea, common name for certain related herbs of the legume family, and for their seeds. The herbs have pinnate leaves, solitary axillary stalked flowers, and two-seeded pods inflated like bladders. The common chick-pea, also called garbanzo or gram, is native to western Asia and is cultivated widely. It is an annual, up to 61 cm (24 in) high. Slightly larger than common peas, the seeds are eaten by many peoples in a wide variety of dishes. They are sometimes roasted as a substitute for coffee.

Scientific classification: Chick-peas belong to the subfamily Papilionoideae, family Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae). The common chick-pea is classified as Cicer arietinum.
- Microsoft Encarta

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Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia


Rent Movies for 10 Cents in Ethiopia 1 Birr

Rent Movies for 10 Cents in Ethiopia
I rented the movie Slum Dog Millionaire for one Ethiopia Birr, this is about 10 cents US per day, I then copied it onto my computer in the hope of checking it, and I want to make sure there are no stops or glitches in the movie data. (Seldom the real thing outside the USA, they are always copies, sometimes good, sometime horrible; I am also wanting to learn the quality of movies in Ethiopia.)

There is a problem, so far, I think there is some guy speaking the native language of Amharic while I am also listening to English, and it is an annoying way to watch a movie while both languages are being spoken.

I am carrying five English books, I will probably read about 1-2 books per week, so I need backup up entertainment. I have many PDF or Text File books, however not as fun. I should start reading them on the computer and save the books until I am in locations without electricity if they exist, so far the electricity is great. I am more worried about the water situation.

I could have purchased new English books in Addis Ababa, however five is heavy enough, and my sciatic nerve does not need more weight on it, I was carrying 15 books in Ghana a year ago.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 6, 2009
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The person who rents the movies is a great person; I can test more on his TV in the shop and see if the voice over is the same. They are on CD ROMs and not on DVD, so it took two disks for the movie Slum Dog Millionaire.

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Rent Movies for 10 Cents in Ethiopia