Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 6

My Love for Ethiopia is Dying Fast

My Love for Ethiopia is Dying Fast
There is always an infatuation with a new country, I am over my infatuation, the new country, the new culture and the new people feeling has worn off. My wonder-of-it-all-glasses are coming off and I am able to see Ethiopia.

I continuously read there are over 70 languages in the country and I have only discovered one. “Amharic.”

It is not fair to make any decisions about this country; I think may still culturally be in a suburb of Addis Ababa.

The number of large trucks is staggering, I feel like I am living in a Truck Stop, all the Hotels of Mojo either have large trucks parked in front of them at night or parked inside.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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It is confusing because of all the Horses, Donkeys and Goats walking around everywhere it was my first impression to see the goals and not the trucks. My mind dwells on the Goats and Donkeys and forgets to see the Trucks; I have misplaced my interpretation of the country.

Today, after only visiting two cities in Ethiopia I see little Ethnic diversity or Tribal mannerism. I see six major types of cultures dominating the country so far.

If I ask myself, what are the people of Mojo preoccupied with doing on a daily basis?

1. Orthodox Christian 30 Percent
2. Muslim 10 Percent
3. Chat or Ghat the eating of a plant drug - 20
4. Coffee and Avocado Drink - 20 Percent
5. Video Shop - 10 Percent
6. Draft Beer - 20 Percent

ORTHODOX 30 Percent
The Ethiopia people call is “Orthodox,” which means almost nothing in the English language to me. The local people do not have the ability to compare and contrast their religion with other religions, they know their own.

The language is Ahmaric and the religion is called Orthodox.

MUSLIM - 10 Percent
I am guessing that about 10 percent of this area is Islamic, I was very confused with my interpretation of religions because both the Christian and the Islamic women dress the same, they both wear scarves that covers their head. I can see the Islamic Mosque, and overwhelms the Christian faith because of the loudspeaker system that has a call to Prayer.

The call to prayer system is loud, I mean extremely loud because of the electronic loudspeaker call to prayer system. It is not as loud as in Cairo, Egypt; however, you would think the whole village of Mojo is Islamic, however with close observation it becomes apparent they only are about 10 percent, a noisy minority.

CHAT, GHAT, OR KHAT CULTURE 20 Percent
The culture of sitting around eating the leaves of a bush that makes them high.

COFFEE SHOP CULTURE 20 Percent
- Coffee drank in small shot glasses for 2 Birr
- Avocado mixed up in a blender for 6 Birr
- Papaya mixed up in a blender for 6 Birr
- Miranda an Orange drinks, sometimes Fanta sold for 4 Birr.
(There is a shortage of Coca Cola it is scarce.)

VIDEO SHOPS 10 Percent
There is a video shop renting videos about every 25-50 meters.

DRAFT BEER BARS 20 Percent
More or less the Sport Bar, sit around and drink beer culture of any country on the planet.

Humorously, I can say there is a culture of Barbershops, because on every corner there are people getting 3 Birr haircuts. An amazing amount of Barbershop for a culture that has a mono look, the men all have short curly black hair.

The food market is huge and very dusty and dirty, where the modern part of the city if full of large trucks pushing the dust around, in the market the people, donkeys, goats and Gari Horse Taxis push the dust around.

Anthropology, - Culture, - Customs of Countries, - Food, - Languages, - Religious Travel, - Fashions, -

My Love for Ethiopia is Dying Fast


Ethiopia Women Balance Box on Head

Ethiopia Women Balance Box on Head
I have seen many women carrying items on their head from Water tor Firewood, if they can put in their head, they will. However, I seldom have seen such a great balancing act as this women here in Mojo, Ethiopia walking towards the Saturday Market.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 09, 2009
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This is quite a feat of strength and balance, while walking along with a huge pack on her back, she also has a cardboard box balanced on her. Being that she is not a spring chicken, this even further demonstrates this rare ability of strength and balance. She is way above average in her ability to carry things on her head.

Ethiopia Women Balance Box on Head


Beware of Airline Baggage Scales

Beware of Airline Baggage Scales
Travel Tip

I have known for year that some airlines cheat their customers. If I enter an airport and there is a special “Excess Baggage Fee” collection office, I know there is trouble brewing.

Jereon from Bangkok writes again,
“Andy,
Funny RyanAir just got taken to court for altering weight scales at the check-in desks. You think you have 15KG, you get to the airport; the scale says you have 17KG. Ryan air fines you 20 pounds for not having pre-paid for 17 plus an additional 8 pound a kilo overweight. In total Ryan air receives 36 pounds a passenger (illegally). Times
hundred's of thousands of passengers and Mr Leary can build himself another castle. (he has so many already)”

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 09, 2009
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I can say beware, give you a warning, but so what? This is of little value, what we need is a way to check these airline scales. I sometime take my bag and put it on about three different scales. I can prove or disprove they are weighing the same, however they all may be cheating. It is not easy to walk around carrying a one kilo weight to test scales.

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

Beware of Airline Baggage Scales


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RSS Feeds is Being Removed

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 09, 2009
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My goal is to have 40,000 daily readers of the Travel Journal, the RSS feed is in direct conflict with the achievement of this goal.

I do not expect you to understand. However, please have trust that I am doing this so that HoboTraveler.com can continue to thrive as a business. As a business owner, I must do what is best for the company. I must continue to make enough money to travel, two dedicated servers, Boy Genius in India and other workers. It is my responsibility to make choices to guide the site into the future.

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Video of Ethiopia Horse Taxi

Video of Ethiopia Horse Taxi
When I first arrived in Mojo, Ethiopia I spent about one dollar in Horse Taxi rides around the city. It cost about 20 cents USD per trip.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 8, 2009
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Mojo Ethiopia Motel or Hotels Travel Tip

Mojo Ethiopia Motel or Hotels Travel Tip
Should you choose a Motel or Hotel in Ethiopia, Africa? Motels are for people who have cars and hotels are for people who use taxis or walk.

Motor - Hotel or Mo-Tel

THERE ARE NO MOTELS IN AFRICA

There are 1000’s of Motels in Africa, however they call them Hotels.

The Guidebooks of Africa are F##KED, they usually recommend Motels, truly a “Tourist Hazard.” WARNING: 99 percent of Travelers in Africa drive a car, if you are not driving a car, then the information you are reading in Guidebook can be junk.

The problem is this, they do not call Motels in Ethiopia Motels, and they call them Hotels. The Guidebook should have the empathy to separate the Hotels from the Motels, and help the Backpackers. It comes down this, parking or no parking; a Backpacker can live in a great Mom and Pop Hotel with no parking.

There are at least thirty Hotels in the city of Mojo; I am still trying to learn why. My only guess is this is a truck stop city, every trucker from Kenya to Ethiopia stops here to rest. The second guess is this is Market City and on Saturday, all the local villages come here to sell their products and need a Hotel.

Do tourists need to visit Mojo? The answer is no, however think about it, nor is there a need to go to Paris, France, the answer is again no. Tourism is a want, not a need. What a tourist needs is freedom to enjoy a country or people the way they want, and not only the way of the guidebook.

If a person comes to Mojo, Ethiopia, every local you meet will point you to this Hotel.



This Hotel is nice; a person can get a good room for 7 U.S. Dollars with a shower and a Mosquito net. In the United States, we would call this Hotel a Motel, because people would drive along the highway with their “motor” vehicle and stop.

Motels are great choice for Budget Travelers with a car, and truly a horrible choice for a person without a car. Can you imagine walking with a backpack to the motel along the interstate in the USA?



30 Birr per day or Three U.S. Dollars.

This is the Cyprus or Saypres Hotel, both have parking, however the Cyprus Hotel is close to the Ruut Kaffee or Internet Café, Market and the center of the village. The one allows you to walk around and visit the city, the other requires you have a car.

To get to this Hotel, walk to left of the Daema Hotel and look for a Horse drawn Taxi, show them the address on the paper and they probably will be clueless, but eventually have a long horse drawn tour of the city you will probably find he place.

The cost of the Gari or Horse Taxi is 2 Birr or 20 cents US. The horse taxis are great during the day; however appear to stop when the sun goes down.

When you are reading a guidebook in Africa, try to ask yourself, is this Hotel really a Motel.

Try to take a Greyhound Bus across the USA, you will quickly realize the cheap Motels are incredibly difficult to reach and located in very boring locations.

Accommodations, - Hotel Critics, - Guidebooks, - Hostels, - HoboHideOur.com

Mojo Ethiopia Motel or Hotels Travel Tip


Words I Learn in Ethiopia

Words I Learn in Ethiopia
If a person made a list of words closely associated with a country, then proceeded to study the words it would be a guidebook.

I have only been in Ethiopia for about 10 days. My two sources of good information are the Ethiopia people I meet and the Microsoft Encyclopedia.

There are words that are often repeated when a person enters a country, and like a child, I slowly learn these words. The Ethiopia people speak a language called Amharic; this word is confusing because they say “Ah-Mar-Ree,” and the spelling Amharic to me does not match.

The Amharic language written language looks like Arabic, it is all wiggles, jumbles and messes to me, and therefore there is much confusion in the transliteration.



Example of written Amharic Language of Ethiopia

I am learning Amharic words and I am learning words from Guidebook, Encyclopedia and from Readers. There is small competition between the words and phrases. I in turn observe repeated type of behavior or situations here in Ethiopia.

OBSERVATIONS - WHAT ARE THE RELATED WORDS?
- This is a coffee shop culture
- Chat or Khat a large business here
- Landlocked country
- I am supposed to shake hands, bow, and touch shoulders to be polite.
- Food is served on thin piece of rubbery food and ate with hands.
- Tannery or leather is a big business
- Greenhouses - A girl was going to a Strawberry farm.

ETHIOPIA LANGUAGE WORDS
Gari - Horse Taxi
Abasha - Type of bread
Kaffee - Coffee a common social function here in Ethiopia
Orthodox - Religion people I am meeting here in Mojo, Ethiopia
Name - A curse word or word to avoid using in Amharic language maybe has something to do with sex in hotel.
Chat or Khat - A type of stem or soft plant that people eat to become slightly high.
Habasha - People from Ethiopia
Konjo - Pretty
Shamah - Candle
Foreinje - Foreigner

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 8, 2009
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GUIDEBOOK, ENCYCLOPEDIA AND READERS
Stelae or Stele - LP Guidebook and Encyclopedia - Large Stone like a totem pole.
Morsi - Tribe in south of Ethiopia that place plates in their lips.
Ark of Covenant - Gary G
Kingdom of Aksum - Jim G
Gonder - A city in north of Ethiopia
Coptic - A type of Christianity
Queen of Sheba

The journey into a country is like a child, I start by speaking baby talk, and one day I become an adult, the so-called land of understanding. I am a baby here in Ethiopia, I am sure childhood is the best time to enjoy a country, this is when the country is the most beautiful, the time before I know, truly ignorance is bliss.

Anthropology, - Culture, - Customs of Countries, - Food, - Languages, - Locals - Meeting

Words I Learn in Ethiopia


RSS Real Sucky System

RSS Real Sucky System

I truly hate RSS feeds; I consider the whole system a way of screwing writers. I am 90 percent in favor of stopping the RSS feed to this Travel Journal and requiring readers to subscribe by email. If you wish to continue to receive this Travel Journal, I recommend you subscribe by email today.

There is one irrefutable absolute truth of world travel,
“you need money.”

Travelers need money.
A Hobo needs money.
A Tramp needs money.
A Bum needs money.

A Hobo is willing to work for money, tramps and bums are beggars.

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Mojo, Ethiopia
One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Saturday, March 7, 2009
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I have asked myself daily for 11 years now,
“how can I earn money for travel?”

There are hundreds of ways to go to work, earn money and live in other countries. There are very few ways of perpetually moving and earning money.

I owe the Internet and “Google Adsense” my “Hobo Travel Life“, these two entities have given me the opportunity to travel and earn money. However, all RSS feeds have ever given me is a way of working for nothing.

I am trying folks, however I am lost.
I can see how the RSS Feed system helps you.
I cannot see how the RSS Feed system helps me?

It does not make me money; it is a cruel joke, a way for other internet sites to get free content and me to work for nothing.

The RSS Feed is a Real Sucky System, if you told me I had to make money by getting people to Bookmark my site, I would say,
“I give up.”

I consider RSS feeds the same as a Bookmark, yes, I appreciate you when you bookmark this site, however I need to pay my Hotel bill today.

Yes, I am angry; I am tired of the world devising selfish ways to take money from nice people.

Do you want to see truly what the world has become, do you want to see true corruption of the human spirit, and then come to Ethiopia? This country has tons of white people over here that take your donations and go drink beer and give you nothing in return.

I do not want to be clever to make money, I just want to work hard and make money.

How to Travel Journal, - Internet, - Jobs, - Blogs

RSS Real Sucky System