Ethiopia Details

The majority of the first part of my trip was not photographed because I was far too busy with work to even pull out my camera. These snip pits were taken here and there and are tiny details that I captured to remember moments in Ethiopia.

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3 wheeled Ethiopia taxi called "Tuk Tuk" I even made a new friend Nahom who taught me how to drive one and I got to drive it all over Lalibela one evening. I will never forget it. If you go to Ethiopia I would suggest taking a Tuk Tuk around. They seat 3 and it's a very fun experience. If you visit Lalibela ask for Nahom (it's a small town so he shouldn't be hard to locate)

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We stopped at all the local fruit stands along the dirt road for bananas. We ate tons of bananas.

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Best part of Ethiopia was coffee time. Truly the most amazing coffee I have ever had. If you visit, be sure you take time to enjoy every chance you get. The experience from start to finish is incredible.

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In Addis I was in a conference so I stayed at the Hilton Hotel with my colleagues. In Lalibela we stayed at the Maribela Hotel and it was fabulous. I would recommend the hotel. You can see more photos and read about it here. It was $65 a night and included breakfast. The staff was incredible. There were 2 cute pups who ran around the grounds. The view was spectacular, breathtakingly beautiful. The food was delicious. All in all it was absolutely lovely. *note that Lalibela is a 10-12 hour drive from Addis and or a 2 hour flight which is what we did. It is quiet expensive but absolutely worth it if you are in Ethiopia.

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The view from my room at the Maribela hotel.

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Breakfast was included at the Maribela hotel. It was not only delicious but beautiful. The hotel's restaurant and lounge is beautiful and the food is delicious. I would recommend having dinner here even if you don't stay at the hotel.

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I took so many photos of the plants. I couldn't believe the variety that covered the grounds. Greens, flowers, cactus, palm tree etc. you name it and it was in Ethiopia.

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One of my favorite parts about coffee time was the incense burned. Anyone who knows me knows John and I love incense so I was such a fan of resin frankincense.

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Fastest little friend I have ever made.

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Enjoyed lunch at the Ben Abeba in Lalibela. The coolest restaurant I have ever been to. It had a panoramic view of Lalibela. It felt like we were having lunch in the clouds on the top of the world. Amazing in everyway! I ate the Pasta with meat sauce and would not recommend it but could care less about the food because the view was incredible.

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Stopped at a shop along the road to have coffee and to learn the coffee making process from start to finish. It is incredible what goes into it. One of my favorite experiences in Ethiopia was this one.

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I found the food in Ethiopia to be limited. Lots of egg dishes for breakfast and authentic Ethiopian food and pasta for lunch/dinner. I haven't decided if I like Ethiopian food or not. It sure is fun to eat (as you eat with your hands) by using injera to scoop of vegetable or meat with your hands. It is something about the texture I am still struggling with. I will say that the food is beautiful and the colors are magnificent!

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What I would do again and or differently next time (In Addis):

  • We had dinner at Aladdin and it was my favorite meal in Ethiopia (funny because it was Mediterranean, Middle Eastern food). I would recommend everything. We ordered 11 some small dishes to share.

  • We had dinner and enjoyed the dancing at Yod Abyssinia. Where I spent the evening of my 29th birthday and it was a memory I will never forget. This is absolutely a must if in Addis!

  • I did a bit of shopping along a street but if I were to go back I would visit the Merkato. I had wanted to go but ran out of time.

  • Must go to Tryst for coffee. I had the iced Mocha mmmmm

What I would do again and or differently next time (In Addis):

 

  • Visit Ben Abeba for lunch or dinner and or a drink to enjoy the amazing view. We went during lunch and I would suggest going during the day so that you can take in the view but if I were to go ever go back I would go during the day again and make a stop in the evening to take in all the stars.

  • We went to Torpedo Tejbet for a drink and to enjoy the dancing. We did not dance (although they tried to get us to several times). If I were to go back I would definitely stop by Torpedo again. They serve Tej. I stuck to Waylin (a local beer that is now my favorite)

  • Take a "Tuk Tuk" around town. So much fun!

  • Stay at the Maribela Hotel. I don't have anything to compare it to but it was such a wonderful time I would definitely return.

  • The town is really dark in the evening so take a flashlight and be safe and or take a Tuk Tuk around (which is what we did)

  • Try to find/meet Nahom. He became a fast friend of ours. Serendipity brought us together on 4 different occasions during our time in Lalibela. We were destined to be friends. Nahom would make an excellent tour guide around town.

  • Take TP with you and hand sanitizer  (pretty much everywhere in Lalibela) and be ready to pee over a hole in the dirt, sometimes even without a door. It's all fun! Promise! Don't flush TP in Addis even if you do find a toilet :) 

  • Wear sunscreen! The sun is STRONG!  

I know I am going to think of a zillion other things to share but it's 2am right now so my brain is foggy. Leave questions below and or shoot me an email and I will get back to you. 1 more post coming soon of the 3 attractions we saw in Lalibela and on the way to Lalibela. Cheers!