Read about when we first arrived in Addis Ababa HERE. We arrived back in Addis on a flight from Lalibela and managed to negotiate a yellow taxi to the Piazza area for 150 birr (US$ 7.50). The taxi drivers were once again asking for 400 birr (US$ 20), but after we walked away one, Read More

Click HERE to read this post from the beginning. We already had Chris and Kate’s entrance tickets to see the Churches, so we decided to splurge on a tour guide. We had read that prices ranged from 150 – 350 birr, but the licensed guides we talked to were all asking 600 birr. Clearly,, Read More

Sara and I flew to Lalibela from Gondar as the trip by bus usually involves two days of bus travel with an overnight stop somewhere along the way. Lalibela is a small town of 15,000 people, nearly 2,800 meters above sea level, and it is the center of pilgrimage for much of the country due to, Read More

Click HERE to read this post from the beginning. On our third day of the trek, we woke up around 7am in Chenek camp but did not finish breakfast and pack our bags until nearly 9am. I was amazed when I realized our scouts had sat out in the freezing cold all night with, Read More

Click HERE to read this post from the beginning. On the second day of our trek, our entire group was complaining of the cold the night before and I think Sara and I were likely amongst the warmer people in the group thanks to our extra sleeping bags. Fortunately, everyone survived the night (though some would, Read More

The activity I was most looking forward to in Ethiopia was trekking the Simien Mountains. Prior to arriving in Ethiopia I had e-mailed many tour operators and was given a variety of choices for 3-5 days of trekking at prices ranging from US$ 200 – US$ 750. From what I read online, some people, Read More

We arrived in Gondar after a 3 hour mini bus ride from Bahar Dar. We had organized the bus from Bahar Dar with a group of people we had met at our hotel, so we were able to have the mini bus pick us up at the hotel in the morning and the cost, Read More

We arrived in Bahar Dar after a relatively smooth flight from Addis Ababa. When we arrived at the airport, which was under construction, a friendly guy named Addis (easy to remember!) from NGG Hotel was waiting for us. In actual fact, I think he was a tour agent who was somehow associated with the, Read More

We flew to Addis Ababa on a morning Emirates flight from Dubai. Upon arrival at the Bole International Airport, we found our way to the visa on arrival desk, paid our US$ 25 visa fee, and cleared immigration quickly. There is a bank on the arrivals side of the immigration, but when we were, Read More