Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 9

Go To Internet Café in Morning Travel Tip

Go To Internet Café in Morning Travel Tip
I originally was going to title this Blog post BackAssWard Travel Journalging, however realized it was a travel tip. A person should not go to the internet café at night; the optimal time to enter an internet café is the minute the place opens.

I save 30 US dollars per month by going in the morning and not at night.

BackAssWard Travel Journalging
I just arrived in Ethiopia the other day after a 24 hour travel trip from the USA, therefore there was some urgency for me to go to the internet café. However, I needed to enter my room, type out some missives, and then I took a nap… oops. I guess I was very tired, and then later about 5:00 pm I went to the internet café. When I got there I saw the German man and the Czech girl from OurWildJourney.com were already there trying to publish photos and doing emails. I was laughing, truly the wrong time to be in the internet café.

URGENT… I try to Blog quickly after a long trip to allow my family and friends to know I arrived safely and life is good. My parents are 75 and 76, they have too much time to think, they can sit there waiting for me to Blog, therefore I try to relieve their stress.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Monday, March 2, 2009
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The internet café truly sucked that night, the connection broke and we ended up paying to sit three half the time waiting for another connection to start. It was packed, as the time from about 6:00 pm to about 10:00 pm is the absolutely worst time to go an internet café on planet earth.

I personally was enjoying the chaotic atmosphere of stupidity at work, I seldom go to an internet café at night and enjoyed watching everyone doing things BackAssWard or backwards to what is effective, efficient and cheapest. I have no idea why I enjoy the observation of people fuddling around at what they do.

I have now been to the internet café three times.

It cost one dollar per hour to use the internet here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each time I entered the internet café I did the same amount of work, I used the same amount of bandwidth.

First night at 6:00 pm, it cost me three US Dollars.
(Waiting line, slow connection and truly crap internet)

Second day at 9:00 am it cost me 1.50 US Dollars.
(Two or three people using machines and I was disorganized.)

Third Day at 8:30 am it cost me 1.00 US Dollars
(I was there alone for the first half hour, and

I suspect it will cost to post this about 75 cents US Dollars because I have learned how the internet café works and can avoid the problems of this specific café. I am in transition, I have been using a 24/7 connection for about six months I will not be working with shared, slow connection in internet cafes for the next few months.

There are places on the planet where the internet cafes are truly great, however this is rare.

I am cannot explain to you the bandwidth problem in technical terms, however I truly have observed and propose the high usage time for internet and telephone use in any country is between 6 pm and 10 pm at night, this is when the whole world decides to make a telephone call or use the internet. We are sharing this bandwidth with the other people in the city, at this time is truly the time when there is a traffic jam on the internet in every country.

You want to save money, go to the internet in the morning, although I know that only a few of you have the capably of getting out of bed.

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Go to Internet Café in Morning Travel Tip


Plans to Leave Addis Ababa Wednesday

Plans to Leave Addis Ababa Wednesday
British Airlines or maybe BMI lost my one Backpack; I now have it in my possession without too much damage. Inside the bag was the Lonely Planet East Africa, therefore it was a little difficult to plan how to enter Kenya until I had this book.

I am going to make small test run to a place called Mojo, Ethiopia about one hour south of Addis, Ababa to learn about transportation, Banks, Hotels and Internet Cafes because the Lonely Planet Ethiopia is almost worthless on these issues.

I am planning to drift down the country of Ethiopia by going about one to hours per trip and staying about two to five days per city. Now, I am trying to decide which cities on the maps I have are really cities big enough to have hotels.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Monday, March 2, 2009
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About the same as West Africa, the guidebook writers obviously are driving around in Cars or 4-wheel drives and truly do not explain the necessities well. need to know if there are any ATM machines from Addis Ababa to Kenya, or do I need to stock up enough money to make the whole distance? I would like to know about Internet cafes.

I think the writers are from the dark ages of backpacker travel, they seem to all carry traveler’s checks and write letters home. Then again Lonely Planet seems to have stopped updating books.

My instincts are telling me these East African countries about five times easier to Travel than West Africa. Safari this and Safari that means there are some truly silly tourists wandering around. There are not many tourists in West Africa in countries like Togo, Benin, Niger, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali.

My standard belief in Africa is the ATM machines are in the biggest city almost for sure and after that, I need to be careful. My standard belief is most Africa has Internet Cafes in the moderate size cities throughout all the countries.

I am anxious to get to Kenya to test out my Blackberry; I want to see if I can Blog over it, this would make wandering around Africa a breeze.

Plans to Leave Addis Ababa Wednesday


What is the Name of Science of Research

What is the Name of Science of Research
There is probably a name for people who study the methods and try to explain how to use the “Scientific Method.” There must be a few professors out there trying to explain how to do research in the field, I would love if they contacted me.

Researchers need to spend at least three months in any location before I would consider their work valid.

I have studied the Scientific Method and often try to understand how Scientist study the world. I however, believe there are problem when researchers go to Africa with their methods and procedures, I do not believe it possible they are adequate prepared or trained.

I believe only about 5 percent of Scientist who study Africa or does fieldwork that requires them to leave the University and travel to other locations have the ability to do this correctly. I think the other 95 percent are performing junk science; they fill in the blanks and write big long opinions that they then misrepresent as scientific study and facts.

“Scientific Method, term denoting the principles that guide scientific research and experimentation, and also the philosophic bases of those principles.”
- Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Monday, March 2, 2009
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I have traveled perpetually for over 11 years; I am great at collecting information and writing small stories about the information. If I observe something, I need to photograph it, take notes on the subject and then explain it very rapidly or I will forget. I also need to return to the subject and collect more information that was missing or lacking. This process needs to be done without interruption or there are extreme problems with my interpretation of reality.

I am aware of Scientist that goes to a location for two to three weeks to perform research, and then return to the University to use the data. I believe is highly suspect and reeks of junk science methodology.

I continually strive to create an environment where I can collect data and within hours transform it into a Blog post. Now, I am not normally doing any formal research whereby I am going to publish in journals. However, if I were going to do this, it would be incredibly difficult to do so accurately and without interruption.

Researchers need to spend at least three months in any location before I would consider their work valid.

I have brought with me Solar Panels and 12 Volt Electronic equipment so I can work in area of Africa where there is no electricity. The logistics, the equipment needed, the skills needed to do proper research cannot be learned at the University, it would take at least one year of field work before they would in my opinion have the ability to even venture to say they know how to do research, halfway write something they wish to call research.

I have observed travelers and tourist for years, they are so preoccupied with just eating, sleeping and transportation, seldom does one have the time to ponder, and research is out of the question. It takes about one month before they are familiar with the location whereby they are not over stimulated.

Pretty much, I am saying most scientific study in the field is just pure crap, hehehe….

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What is the Name of Science of Research


OurWildJourney.com in Africa

OurWildJourney.com in Africa
I met a German man and a Czech women traveling together in an extremely well equipped four-wheel drive vehicle. I have met many of these types of travelers in Africa; I believe this is the most common way to travel to multiple countries in Africa. Normally independent travelers only visit one or two countries, while the ones with vehicles will drive all the way across Africa and for sure call is an adventure, I think the word ordeal be more accurate. Driving is dangerous therefore maybe Adventure is the correct word, I am more or less doing the ordeal type of travel here.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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They were sleeping in the tent on the top front of the SUV or Jeep vehicle when I arrived to Ethiopia in the early morning the other day. The man got up, set up a cook stove and prepared some coffee and eggs; it was interesting to watch their travel procedures or methodology.

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As best I know, there is no strict scientific studies of the ways to travel the planet. There are tons of schools on tourisms that teaches the hospitality industry how to suck the cash out of travelers, however no formalized study or schools on how to travel. I have thought about giving two or three day lectures as a way for me to earn money.

I often think about buying a vehicle to travel across Africa; however, I am always waylaid by the cost. These people are not saving any money, I am sure the cost of the vehicle, fuel, insurance, border-crossing fees, and other variable cost must be close to 50-150 dollars per day. The longer their journey, the cheaper the daily cost.



They said they entered from Tunisia, went to Egypt, and then South to Sudan, and they are not in Ethiopia, I think they are going all the way South to the tip of Africa. The vehicle had Czech license plates, I have no idea how they got from Europe to Tunisia, I think they must have used a Ferry.

Ok, I suppose their website explains all this and I hope them good luck in their venture.

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I would not travel in a vehicle to save money; I consider it an expensive and dangerous way to travel.

The reasons I would consider traveling this way in Africa are:

1. Able to go to remote areas in great comfort.
2. Avoid the overcrowded buses and truck transportation of Africa.
3. Carry an electrical generator so I can work on my computer and do research easier.
4. Pick up other traveler so I could have some company along the trip.

Reason not to travel this way:

1. Expensive
2. Crossing border with a vehicle is a hassle.
3. Police or Robber can easily stop you can rob or kill you anonymously and nobody will know.

--- They can drive ahead of the vehicle, block the road, stop your vehicle on a deserted road and rob you.

4. No way to exit easily, the have spent thousands, I am guessing close to 15,000-20,000 dollars, I do not believe they are willing to leave it they must travel in a circle or pay extraordinary fees to ship vehicle back or sit around for months trying to sell it.

I would probably buy a 2000 Dollar Air Conditioned van in Spain and outfit along the path as I went, and carry a motorcycle inside or on the top of the vehicle, then desert the vehicle when finished.

I do not believe the four-wheel drive aspects of the vehicle are highly over valued. I would for sure put a winch with a cable on the front of the vehicle with about 50-100 meters of cable though.

OurWildJourney.com in Africa


Choosing ATM or Bank Machine Travel Tip

Choosing ATM or Bank Machine Travel Tip
Why doesn’t your ATM card work?
What is wrong?
I am not able to get any money…

Not all ATM or Bank Machines are the same on planet Earth.

Ok, first you need to check the machine to make sure it takes your card?

Look on the back of your card, it probably says Plus or Cirrus.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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When you walk up to a Bank Machine or ATM - Automatic Teller Machine on the other side of the planet you need do an inspection of the machine. You want to know if it takes your card…

HOWEVER, what the hell, give it a try, maybe it does, and you need to try the machine only one or two times, never three.



Look for this type of display above or near the ATM machine, if there is no sign like this, maybe the machine is only for local banks, and not international.

Cirrus and Plus are the common banking systems for the USA.

Look on the back of your credit or debit card, just because it says Visa or MasterCard does not mean this is the machine.
There are numerous reasons why an ATM or Bank Machine will not give you money.

Broken
Empty, no money
No electronic connection to the your bank overseas
Local Banks only
You card is not accepted
You are not using the correct PIN number or code

Whatever the reason, please check the back of your card, the look for the corresponding logo for your card.

Not all Bank Machines are the same.

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Choosing ATM or Bank Machine Travel Tip


African DMZ of Christian and Islam

African DMZ of Christian and Islam
I find myself metaphorically speaking in the demilitarized zone between the Islamic Arab world of North Africa and the Christian world East or Central Africa.

Religions are used as weapons, therefore in this area of Africa they agree to pretend there is no difference between the two religions so that it does not escalate into real war.

In this DMZ, they want me to take sides, neutrality is not respected, nobody wants neutrality, because they want dominance.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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FACTS FROM ENCYCLOPEDIA ENCARTA

SUDAN
About 70 percent of the people of Sudan are Muslims
15 percent are Christians
Remainder follow traditional religions

ETHIOPIA
Orthodox Christian (Ethiopian), 36 percent
Muslim, 30 percent
Protestant, 14 percent

KENYA
Christian Protestant, 43 percent
Roman Catholic, 23 percent
Indigenous beliefs, 12 percent
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I think in the Sudan to the north of here there is a hard line between the religions, here in Ethiopia there is a soft line.

I am just observing this religious war knowing it is easier for me to live either in areas dominated by Christian or Islam, however in the DMZ areas the life is more unholy. I prefer the Christian areas because less dogma and more secular.

Religions where uniforms, I do not enjoy walking around in areas of the planet where people are wearing their uniforms.

The traveler culture has a uniform that is in fashion of dreads and tattoos, these uniforms separate people, they do not unite. I feel it is better to blend in, which is humorous here in Africa, I am a white person surrounded by Black people, there is no way to blend in, I am instantly defined and labeled, and I accept this.

Religions

African DMZ of Christian and Islam


Ethiopia Child and Blind Beggar

Ethiopia Child and Blind Beggar
I have already found a Bakery that sells great Bread just up the hill from the Wanza Hotel here in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia. I seem to awake earlier than the staff or guards and had to wake them to leave the Hotel, so I decided to sit out in front of the Hotel and watch the world pass by eating my bread of course before waking the guards again to enter the Hotel.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Just before I was about to stand up and walk into the Hotel this kid suddenly was at my feet, therefore what the hell, I took a photo.



I do not think the Kid has anything to do with the Beggar; he just sat down to watch.

The kid was able to sneak up on me because I was watching this Blind Beggar work his way down to the road and start begging. I was trying to be very quiet; I was hoping the Beggar could not see me. It is often strange, how can blind beggars know I am close?

I took this photo and as he turned around, he suddenly recognized that I was there, hard to say, maybe one of the people walking by alerted him to my presence.

Ethiopia Child and Blind Beggar


First Impression of Ethiopia

First Impression of Ethiopia
I sat in the Ethiopia Airport for a few hours a year or two ago while in transit from Mali to Thailand and kept thinking,
“This place is modern, what a nice Airport, nothing third world about this.”

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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THE TRUE ENTRANCE INTO ETHIOPIA

The taxis at the airport were rough, shoddy and the drivers wished to suck cash from any White person, exactly what I expect or even a little better in quality. Now the road from the airport to the Bole area off Addis Ababa was truly nice, a boulevard, wide and spacious and truly nice.

(This place must be perfect for the blood sucking NGO - ONG or United Nations folks who want to live in five star comfort and pretend to change the world.)



However, the funny first impression that prompted me to write this Blog post was the Wedding Store across the street from the Wanza Hotel here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I arrived at about 4:00 am in the black of night, and this store was completely lit up and advertising white people manequins in wedding dresses. I thought to myself,
“Hmm, are there a bunch of white women in this country?”
The next thought was,
“What type of poor country has their store lights on all night, don’t they know they are supposed to be too cheap for that type of advertisement.”

I then saw a guard sleeping in front of the Wedding Dress shop and thought, now that is truly underdeveloped world style, it made me feel good, maybe I was going to have some fun. I truly do not want to live in Japan or the USA, I wanted to come to an underdeveloped nation and my first impressions of Ethiopia are nothing but this place is too nice, and too modern, and there are many glitzy high rise buildings in this area.

Addis Ababa reminds me of Bamako, Mali, this country is at the bottom of the rung on the Human Development Index, however also an extremely modern city.

Well, I was a little relieved, there are a few beggars on the path up to the internet café that so far has a truly horrible connection. I saw a blind one, a mother with a baby sucking on her breast and a few children, normally called street urchins.

Now, you may think this is strange, but I get awfully angry at the Television News people who are in partners with the NGO Non Governmental Organizations to proprogandize the planet to convince us whole countries live in poverty. I have a preconceived idea of all countries because of the television and about 99 percent of the time the preconceptions are wrong, unless I force myself to believe them as do the majority of traveler or tourist.

What can I say, the it is standard also standard operating procedure for Travel Journalgers to make places appear horrible so people buy into this “I-am-on-an-adventure-story-crap.”

Sometimes I think there would not even be wars if there were not cameras to make someone famous.

I know, I know, it is a lot more interesting to see photos of beggars and poor people, or at least people who look different then you… I will go for a walk, I spotted some donkeys carrying flour yesterday.

The problem with the mind of men on planet earth is their incredible failure to see the world on a continuum from poor to rich. There is no totally rich culture and there is no totally poor cultures, there is just some balance between the two. It is cold in Addis Ababa, this city is about 2500 meters above sea level. A person needs to travel down to the desert at sea level to find truly lazy people who lay around all day and have zero need or desire to work.

I have to admit, I like the warm tropical areas better, the people are more relaxed and peaceful, less of the I must be busy to be ok and more of the I am ok, it is not a problem to do nothing attitude.

Lying around doing nothing all day is a good thing in many ways, some people would be a better humans if they could learn to relax at this level.

So far I am not fond of Addis Ababa and for sure will take off soon, this place is too modern for me, I want to go to the small villages and roam around, meet a few people who do not have cell phones.

First Impression of Ethiopia