Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 4

Maps of Nile Rivers Influence on Ethiopia

Maps of Nile Rivers Influence on Ethiopia
The Nile River comes down from Egypt through the central part of Sudan arriving to whet it starts more or less at Lake Victoria. This lake is surrounded by three countries Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. What is interesting is the Blue Nile splits off from the Nile at Khartoum, Sudan and goes over to the Lake Tana, which has to larger Ethiopia cities close to it, Gonder and Bahir Dar.

I have not been to Gonder; however, every indication, every person and all tourist ideas lead toward Gonder. When someone talks about Tourism, the majority say the city name “Gonder,” like the Mecca of Tourism for Ethiopia.

I do not really care about where the majority of tourists go in Ethiopia; however, I am happy to understand the major river transportation routes leading to Ethiopia. Cities are founded on River and Lakes because people need water, without water we cannot live. However today’s world focuses on Roads and Airports, and it become increasingly difficult to understand “How the world works.”

The cities of the earth were created around sources of water the transportation the water allows to the people for food and commerce. Even the Camel Caravans across the desert were going from Oasis to Oasis.

These maps of the Nile, White Nile and Blue Nile help me to understand the influences of the Nile on Ethiopia and my path leading into Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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A larger overview of the river, I drew on the Blue Nile so you can see how it enters Ethiopia.



This Map of the Blue Nile helps you to see how the river enters Ethiopia. As best I can understand, the city of Addis Ababa and my present location of Awasa are on the other side of a mountain range.

There are barrier and separations between cultures, rivers are often are the borders between nations or states. Mountains separate countries and cultures, even in cities you can see or know about the people on the other side of the railway tracks. Separations are real, they exist and these maps help me to realize there may be another culture over the hill.



A good map, although small showing how the Nile River is in Africa.

To enjoy the world, it helps to understand how it works, and slowly we can connect all the dots.

Geography, - Maps, - Nature, - Routes or Itineraries

Maps of Nile Rivers Influence on Ethiopia


Video of Ethiopia Enjura Injera Food

Video of Ethiopia Enjura Injera Food
There is something basic and real about eating Enjura, a typical food of Ethiopia. I am in information overload; I have yet to learn a way to explain in photos, videos and words the numerous experiences that make up a country.

I am happy making videos has become easier, because even though I may not understand in words all of what I have seen or done, there is often a reader who can clarify and explain.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 13, 2009
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This is a platter or raw meat, the rolled up bread like food is called Enjura and no doubt I am spelling wrong, however this is how a local person wrote it.

Enjura is like rice, spaghetti, potatoes or bread to many countries, the Ethiopia people take the Enjura and use it to grab and eat the food. In many ways, it is a replacement for a spoon and fork.



This container of cooked beef is almost a great reason to live in the Family Club Hotel for 50 Birr. There is a beef shop in front of the Hotel, somehow you can purchase by the Kilo, Half-Kilo or Quarter Kilo the beef, and they then cook it and serve it with the Enjura Bread Substance and the Dedet Sauce. I rip off a piece of Enjura; grab a piece of cooked meet. I wrap the Enjura around the beef and then dip in the Didet sauce and I am prepared to eat.

I believe the word Hot in Amharic is Barabary. One quarter Kilo of cooked meat cost 15 Birr or about 1.50 US. Dollars, a very cheap meal.



Daily a few girls who live in the local area come to eat in the Family Club Hotel. Three girls invited me to sit and eat the meat. Two of the girls worked in the National Nightclub and the other works in the Ply Club just down the street from my Hotel.

The are enthusiastic women, truly interested in explaining the culture of Ethiopia. They invited me back to their house to have coffee and chat, have another video of the Ethiopia coffee ceremony.

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Do Not Check In Airport Early

Do Not Check In Airport Early
Travel Tip

I am always tempted to try to check my bags in early at the airport, however I believe best to wait until the line opens and the general group of passenger arrives.

Why?

Because the earlier I check in the more likely the bag will not be on the same plane, or it will arrive a day or two late.

I often arrive at airport too early because of many reasons, here is a couple.

1. I had to check out of my Hotel at 12:00 noon, however the airplane does not leave until 7:00 pm, therefore I have seven hours to waste until the plane leaves.

2. The USA Coach Bus from the South Bend, Indiana airport leaves at 12:00 noon and arrives at 3:00 pm, however, the plane does not leave until 10:00 pm at night, and I have seven hours to wait in the airport.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 13, 2009
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Some airlines allow you to check in up to 24 hours before the plane leaves. This is truly a benefit because a person than is free to walk around in the airport unencumbered with large bags. There are also times when I must sleep overnight in the airport and this is more safe and secure.

In the past, the airports often had storage locker or luggage storage services; with the continuous fear of terrorist leaving bombs inside these storage locker they are being abolished.

I would love to check my bag in early, however I normally wait.

Why?

Because the earlier I check in the more likely the bag will not be on the same plane, or it will arrive a day or two late.

When you check in to an airline, they place a luggage tag with a bar code on the handle of the Bag. It will have the code for the airport, for example, Bangkok, Thailand is BKK. You will read or hear knowledgeable travelers say, I am going to BKK. I also want my bag to go to BKK, however if I check in early there are many problems.

The bag says, “BKK.”

1. Maybe there are two flights with the same airline going to BKK before mine leaves, so the baggage handlers put in on the earlier flights.

2. I check in seven hour early to BKK, the baggage handler see the tag and knows the flight is not for seven hours. He or she put it over in the corner and stores the bag. The flight leaves seven hours later, however the bag was in storage and they forgot to put in the flight.

Yes, the bag will eventually make it to BKK; however, the goal is for the bag to arrive at the same time as my body.

SOLUTION:
Wait until there is a long line of people checking into your flight, stand in this line and check in. Your bag will now be part of the group of bag and not an isolated bag to watch this make life simple for the baggage handlers and almost guarantees your bag to arrive on the same flight.

Note, I have only had problems leaving or entering the USA with baggage being lost. Why do you think this happens more in the USA a large country with many domestic flights?

Airfares, - Airports, - Airlines, - Air Tickets, - Low Cost Airlines

Do Not Check In Airport Early


RSS Versus Clogged Email Box

RSS Versus Clogged Email Box
Something, somewhere went terribly wrong.



Photo of saying on a t-shirt I purchased in Bangkok, Thailand.

I sat down and started to read all the comments against me removing the RSS feeds from these travel Missives. Many readers commented on their already clogged email box. I found this interesting and in many ways hilarious, I receive over 100 emails per day, and will the new email subscription system I will receive even more. If a person replies to these emails, I will personally receive the email; this is not a “No Reply Email.”

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Friday, March 13, 2009
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TYPES OF EMAIL I RECEIVE

1. 15 Spam
2. 5 Personal from Friends
3. 5-10 Help Center from readers
4. 40 Submissions to HoboTraveler.com
6. 5 Newsletters
7. 30 Google Alerts
8. 5-10 Twitter.com, Facebook.com, LinkedIn.com
9. 5-10 Mixed up, notifications, statistics and miscellaneous.

Something, somewhere went terribly wrong.

Yes, this is my belief, the computer is a tool, like a hammer, it is meant to make life simpler, and in reality is has made the majority of normal peoples lives more complicated. My email box is not cluttered, it not clogged, and it is not full even though I daily receive from 100-150 emails.

Something, somewhere went terribly wrong when the best of the best have a clogged email box, I will stop here, no need be candid and elicit hate mail. The challenge my friends, is to manage our world, to use the computer to increase our free time, so we can do more and not less.

Blackberry, - Communications, - Computer, - Internet, - Mobile Office

I admit, I do not work very hard, however I am sure I work very effectively.

RSS Versus Clogged Email Box


Video of Ethiopia Avocado and Incense

Video of Ethiopia Avocado and Incense
I live in a world where I never really know what I am doing, I never know the what, when, where, why and how of my world. I was in the Ruut Kaffee; I guess the name is really “Kaaffee Ruuti.” Ok, I keep thinking Root Café, because the only way the Gari Horse Taxis will take me there is if I say “Root Café.”



The sign showing the English used in Mojo, Ethiopia

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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I call this girls “Miss Ethiopia,” this girl is incredibly beautiful, has a name I can not pronounced and normally does not say two words to me. Then again, she does not speak two words of English and I do not speak two words of Amharic.



Avocado and Papaya Drink in Mojo, Ethiopia at a Coffee Shop.

Ruuti made me a pure Avocado drink, I added some lemon to it and another red colored flavor and it was great. I think this cost about 60 cents US or six Birr.


The burn small piece of wood creates a lot of smoke to be enjoyed by the Ethiopia people.

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Love Business and Tourist Hotels Travel Tip

Love Business and Tourist Hotels Travel Tip
If you travel around the world, there are three major types Hotels on the planet.

1. LOVE
There are love hotels that cater to the men and women of the world who want to have sex and need a room.
--- Brought the girl.

2. TOURIST
These Hotels try to give you the feeling of being in the USA or Europe.
--- Brought the girl as a wife of girlfriend.

3. BUSINESS HOTELS
There is the local business Hotels for he people who are from the country you are in, and the business Hotels for the foreigners. More or less the traveling salesmen of the world, and away way you do it, this describes them.
--- Alone looking to find girls in the bar or going the local Brothel.

(The big money to be made is in the Business Hotels.)

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Awasa, Ethiopia
South of Addis Ababa on road leading to Kenya
East Africa
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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I do not think I have to explain more, this is the Travel Tip; as you travel, you need to define in your mind the differences. In any Hotel on the planet, the first thing people look for is the Bar, drinking is the only competition with shopping the planet. Either tourists like to go shopping or they like to drink.

Love Hotels like to drink, and already have the girl.

Business Hotels like to drink and go to visit the Boom Boom girls

I am what the travel industry calls an “Independent Traveler,” we are a rare breed, very few left anymore, about 10 years ago it was common to find independent travelers. Nowadays it is rare, I find few people traveling alone, people travel as couples, except for the business travelers.
How to choose a Hotel is always the dilemma, I want a balance, I do not want to live in a Bar, however I do want is so quiet there is nothing to do. Normally the Guidebooks are helpful, except in Africa, and then for sure they suck. They only cater to tourist couples who are driving a jeep or four-wheel drive car so they choose Hotels with Parking and easy access to leave or enter the city.

The problem is always the same, I came to Ethiopia to learn, see and enjoy visiting with Ethiopian people. If I follow the guidebook or tourist, I will end up in a Hotel that tries its best to be “Nothing Ethiopia.”

To visit Ethiopia and to learn about the true culture of Ethiopia I need to choose somewhere between a local business Hotel and a Boom Boom Love Hotel.

Do you want to travel the world to meet tourist, or do you want to travel the world to meet the locals? There is nothing wrong with traveling the world to meet the tourist; I am only telling you my preferences. 99 percent of all travelers go and visit the tourist, I am not sure how long a person can do this, it is vacation traveling, something new, something different every day while on your vacation. I personally would stop traveling if I had to live in Tourist Hotels.

Accommodations, - Hotel Critics, - Guidebooks, - Hostels

Love Business and Tourist Hotels Travel Tip


Bus from Ziway to Awasa Ethiopia

Bus from Ziway to Awasa Ethiopia
I searched for any reason to stay in Ziway, Ethiopia for a few days and enjoy the city. I am sure there was something interesting about this city, however by choosing the Brothers Hotel in Ziway I had sealed my fate, I was bored and ready to leave, it was a roadside Motel with a Bar.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
South of Addis Ababa on road leading to Kenya
East Africa
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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I think the words “Home away from Home,” are written on more Hotels then any other words on the planet. I was going to take a photo of a Hotel sign in Addis Ababa with these words, then became disgruntled and angry when thinking about it because I knew this was the last thing the Hotel was in reality.

The Brothers Hotel in Ziway was probably a great Motel if I was driving a car from Addis Ababa, to Kenya and needed a place to sleep for the night It made me feel like I had pulled into a parking spot, and unloaded my bags, it was a Motel. Walking around the city made me feel like I was again in a truck stop, a long strip off road with a lot of Hotels on both side and no soul.

I woke up, gave up on Ziway and walked across the road to where the Buses were passing, within minutes I was in a Bus that cost 15 Birr going to Shashamane, pronounced Sha Sha Mah Nee.

The buses in Ethiopia are convenient, easy, cheap, I have been in few countries that was this convenient. The buses that are midrange, not the small vans do not crowd in the people, I saw the bus driver turn away passengers because there were no seat left yesterday.

So I paid two dollars U.S. and I go about 75 Miles, traveling around Ethiopia is a cake walk.

If I did not mind being hijacked on Taxi fees when I got off the Bus then traveling in Ethiopia would truly be convenient.

Ethiopia has Tuk Tuk, they call them Baja’s because of the name of the company that manufactures them, I think they are the one made in India, the are truly cheap.

I got off the bus in Awasa totally lost, not really sure of the size of the city, then took a Tuk Tuk to the Pinna Hotel which cost me 5 Birr and I am positive the man cheated me. This is 50 cents US, however still got cheated so makes me feel bad.

I chose the Pinna Hotel in the middle stretch of Hotels listed in Lonely Planet, I knew I was not going to sleep in there because it was listed at 20 U.S. Dollars in the Guidebook. The guidebook I have is way behind on Price, a person needs to double the prices.

I was searching for Internet Café, so I proceed after a lot of deliberation to walk towards the Lake… hehehe When reading the guidebook, this whole country reads as if you are going to always be sitting in some mountain valley on some lush lake. I feel more like I am in some cheap B movie made in Mexico where the person stops at the Gas Station to fill up with gas, maybe that girl from the Terminator movie where she is getting ready for doomsday.

The road is long and as normal, the perspective of the Lonely Planet is for a person with a Car or SUV. The city of Awasa is long and expansive, I was walking on huge boulevard that looked like it would never end.
I looked to my right, I see a sign advertising “Broadband Internet,” another chuckle, as this sign also means nothing on planet earth. However it does mean Internet. I looked down the street and could see about three signs that said “Hotel.”

Internet and Hotel, life is good so I walked down the street, it was maybe about noon, there was not much going on, the heat was cooking me and I was ready to take a shower.

Hmm, the Ply Hotel looks like Boom Boom, cheap floozy women Hotel with one of them entrances where you have to go left, then right, then left to enter so nobody can look in. I walk to the Edea, Hotel enter and go the back, two girls are sitting on the ground in front of their rooms. They all look at me like I was crazy, however what the hell, I ask,
“How much for a room.”
They say,
“25 Birr.”
Or
2.50 US Dollars, cheap, close, convenient and hmm, I am thinking to myself, these girls are probably working as prostitutes. I do not mind prostitutes living in my Hotel, however I do not like when they are dragging men in and out all night. Living is ok, while working out of the Hotel is bad.

I walked out of the Hotel and walked across, the name of the Hotel was the Family Hotel, and just like “Home away from Home,” there was nothing family about it. However for 50 Burr or Five dollars I got a room with a shower and toilet inside, very secure and safe. As best I can tell, this is more of a love Hotel, the men come here with this girlfriends, pretend to eat, pretend to drink, then do what the wanted to do all along, go into a room with their girl and do boom boom.

As best I can figure, I am living in the Red Light District of Awasa, just around the corner from the fancy Pinna Hotel, and in the center of action in all ways.

Well Come to Awasa as the Signs in Ethiopia often say.

Bus from Ziway to Awasa Ethiopia


Hot Water Tank Shower Switch Travel Tip

Hot Water Tank Shower Switch Travel Tip
You need to turn on the electric switch and wait at least 20-30 minute for the water to heat.

This is one of them travel tips that tourist and travelers desperately need to learn, however I feel impotent to teach. It is not possible to teach people how to diagnose the multiple problems and implement the multiple solutions, however I will continue to try.

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Ziway, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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This photo below was taken in the Wanza Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am now in the Brother Hotel in Ziway, and as best I suss out so far, this is the normal country of Ethiopia hot water shower system.



This is the easy problem, we can see the tank, normally the tank is in another room, or shared by the hotel. If you can see this tank then all you need to do is follow the electrical wire to the switch, turn on the switch and wait for about 20-30 minutes.

There was no cold water in the Hotel in Wanza, if I allow the water to heat to long it became dangerously hot, it was possible to burn my skin.



This is the switch, as you can see; I took out my black permanent marker and wrote on the wall telling other travelers to turn on the switch. I feel helpless though, what am I to do, put complete instructions on the stupid hot water system. There is supposed to be thermostat and you leave this switch on all the time.

Am I supposed to also warn them to walk around barefooted and touch this switch is a great way to get a 220 electric shock, not very safe.

There is a never-ending checklist of small configurations that need done before you are ready to take a shower.



This is the thermostat, if the company that manufactured this device cared in the least, they would have put the temperature on the side in Celsius or Fahrenheit. I have again labeled the temperature that is best for a shower.

I have overheated the water, the tank is insulated, and the water will take hours to cool. I have also labeled it saying to cool the water you must let the water run for a long time.

I am sure many readers think of me as an arrogant jerk, terse, uncaring and insensitive. However, the truth is the opposite, yes, I am stern, strict, and harsh when trying to explain, I want you to really listen, and I know the majority of readers just turn off their brain, some truly read on.

Why do I say I care? Why am I a good person?

This hot water heater is dangerous; a person can be burned if they turned on the switch and just turned on the water.

The electrical switch is also dangerous, however more of a great shock then life threatening.

1000’s of white English speaking people have lived in the Wanza Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

I am the first to care enough to have a black marker to try to label dangerous items.

I normally just label which is hot and which is cold, but again I prove myself a caring person… Hehehe

Why do I explain that how I care for other people, I am trying to shame you, I want the rest of you to join in the world and help implement true solutions, and quit boring me with the talk of global warming.

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Hot Water Tank Shower Switch Travel Tip