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    Some amharic words

    by georeiser Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Amharic is the main Ethiopian language. Here are some words...

    Say hello to a man - dhnanhe
    Say hello to a woman - dhnanish
    Say hello to many people - dhnanachu
    White man - ferenjy
    Ethiopian man - habesha
    Thank you - amesegnalehu
    You're welcome - chiger yelem
    I like you - ewodishalew
    I love you - afekrshalehu
    My love - yene konjo

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    Ethiopian Travel Visa if no Embassy inyour country

    by Nautilis Written Nov 10, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hello, hope this helps you.

    All visitors except nationals from Djbouti and Kenya need a visa to visit Ethiopia. You will certainly need a visa!

    Does Croatia have an Ethiopian Embassy (mission as they call it)? If it does, you may apply there, if not you will need to get a visa from a nearby country / state that does.

    If you do not wish to apply or refused by a nearby state / country embassy for visa you can get one from Addis Ababa International (Bole) Airport on landing.

    Because Croatia is not on Ethiopia's approved list of tourism revenue generating countries you will need approval for the immigrations officials to issue you a visa on landing at the airport. Requests for written approval (to present to the airport officials) can be obtained by contacting:

    Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs,
    PO Box 3741, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    Fax: 002511 55 32 09 / 002511 56 49 81
    Email: mdina@ethionet.et

    They will issue you a document to show at the airport which will allow a visa to be placed in your passport.


    COST AT AIRPORT

    The travel/tourist visa costs 20 US dollars at the airport itself.(NOTE WELL: make sure the dollar bills are only a couple of years old as you will have problems with them being accepted by banks / hotels / changing them to Birr all over the country if old and tatty)

    You may need $20 to exit as well! If you are leaving by a border control and not the airport, check as different rules apply for certain things (which I can't remember at the moment)

    It all sounds rather official, but the immigration staff at the airport were helpful and friendly.

    Fondest memory: Coffee was very good!

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  • everywhere

    by scarykitty Written Oct 22, 2008

    Favorite thing: in ethiopia
    people can be charmed into anything
    remember to smile n be pleasant
    works all the time

    n never ever hurry them into anything
    u wil get delayed out of sheer stuborness
    just let it flow or be flooded

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    Water....

    by choco15_2008 Written Jun 3, 2008

    Favorite thing: You should not drink the water in this country unless you like having dirrhea.becouse:
    - Some of the water can change your teeth color
    -can case some disese such as typhoid.
    If you have to boil the water for more then 5 mintes or as you doctor has told you.
    Water here in the bottle is max 4.50.

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    Greeting ritual

    by mickybleck Written Mar 4, 2008

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    Favorite thing: In Ethiopia, it is usually not enough to ask “How are you” once. Several questions about the well-being of a person are asked and sometimes repeated. The answer is always positive.
    If you are able to join in, or even better start greeting that way, you will earn smiles and friendship of the respective person (Even if the following conversation consists of just smiles and “hand-and-feet-language”).

    So here are some useful phrases for the ritual:

    Good day
    Tena yistillin.

    How are you (polite)?
    Indemin not?

    (I am) fine.
    Dayhna (nay).

    How are you (personal, among people about the same age)?
    Indemin naw (m) / nasch (f)?
    Or more common:
    Dayhna naw (m) / nasch (f)

    Is your family doing good?
    Yaynnantay betasab dayhna natschaw?

    All are fine:
    Hullum dayhna natschaw.

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    THE PRIEST'S UNBRELLA

    by DAO Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    Favorite thing: One day when I went to the historic Entoto Church high above Addis Ababa, I came across this scene. The head Priest was looking at ornamental umbrellas to use in a large procession for an upcoming Holiday in the Orthodox Church calendar. I have never seen so many brightly coloured umbrellas in my life. The Priest was examining each and every one and there seemed to be hundreds. When I came back about and hour later. Yep, the Priest was still looking them over!

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    Know an honest local

    by flynboxes Written Jan 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: Fellow VT'er DAO or Dave as some of you know him introduced me to Solomon or Gamon on VT.
    He lives in Addis right now but is origionaly from Arba Minch. Solomon is a young hard working kid. While he is not an offical guide he was a big help to me in Addis and I now consider him a friend. Unlike alot of his peers he does not drink, smoke, or chew chat. He did everything from show me around the Markato in Addis (without getting my wallet lifted) to taking me to Lalibela and showing me around. I guess you could call him a jack of all trades....some better than other but hey as much as we'd like to think we're not perfect at 21 yrs of age.

    Fondest memory: Got questions about what roads are open for your mini bus trip up North, want to head to the jungle in the South or just want to see see Addis for a few days Solomon is a great resource.
    He can meet you at the airport and get you to your hotel at 1 am when you are jetlagged from your long plane ride or he can check the current prices of a local hotel for you. I even had him help me ship some things home via DHL while I went to Harar.

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    Money

    by flynboxes Updated Dec 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Cash talks here and clean crisp bills are the rule of the day here or travlers checks also work.
    I had a guy refuse a $20 at the airport because it was dog eared but it was later taken at a bank in B. Dar. There are two ATMS that I know of that take the Plus simbole. One at the Sheraton and the other at the Hilton in Addis which are about 5-10 min walk from each other but only spit out Ethiopian Birr. Had I beleived DAO about this in the first place I would not have brought as many travelers checks which can be a pain in the a..to change....you will need your reciepts to cash them at most banks. Only the big hotels (Hilton/Sheraton) and the Ethiopian Airlines office in Addis will take credit cards to my knowledge.

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    Visas

    by flynboxes Written Dec 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: For most of us Americans and Europeans you can get a visa at the airport. No photo required just $20 for Americans and 5 min or so filling out the form and then a few minutes in the line at the visa office to your left as you enter the immigration hall at Bole Airport. They did not ask how much cash I had comming or going and for a hotel just list the Wutma or the Hitlon for example if you do not have a reservation...very easy and faster than some of the other places I have been.

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    13 MONTHS OF SUNSHINE

    by DAO Updated May 22, 2007

    Favorite thing:
    HELLO!

    You are looking at a tip I have not added content to yet. If you need information about this now, please email me and I will update it immediately. Thank you for your patience.

    DAO

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    ATM machines in Ethiopia

    by cabbage69 Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There has been some discussion in travellers circles of the lack of ATM machines in Ethiopia. I am currently cycling down to Addis Ababba Daves Travel Pages and in the town of Bahar Dar (sometimes written Bahir dar, next to lake Tana), the Daschen Bank gives out money on VISA cards with a 2.5% commission charge using a chip and pin system. I hope this helps anyone who maybe running out of cash!

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    Sleeping with monks

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In the same house I mean...
    I experienced it when I was at Debre Damo monastery, near Axum. You can stay overnight here, and will be hosted by one of the monks. None of them speak english at all, so is better to come with a local guide from Axum or Adigrat, he will act as interpreter.
    Monks live in rather spartan huts, with dusty grounds and just a bed and some chairs. They have very few belongings and they keep all of them in holes in the walls that act as wardrobes. Some houses have their own dwell, from where thay take "drinkable" water (from the rains) and make baptism ceremonies.
    When I arrived, "my" monk offered us injhera and local beer as welcome and we chated about how their life was up there. He had even travelled to Israel in a sort of exchange with israeli orthodox monks of Jerusalem. When he say my backpack and sleeping bag he said: "I even have a sleeping bag", he went to the other room and brought a potatoes sack that he uses as "matress" when he goes abroad sleeping on the floor... that's ascetism!
    I slept on the wooden bed that you can see in the background in the pic. He put some goat skins on top and that made a surprisingly comfortable matress. When he turned off the oil candle, the silence and obscurity was total. I woke up for "biological necessities" in the middle of the night (hard task if you don't have a torch light) and the sky was the starriest I had ever seen!

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    Time

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Time in Ethiopia is totally different. And I mean:
    - HOURS: Ethiopia follows a different time system, they start the day when the sun rises, so our 6am is their midnight, our 7am is their 1am and so on. Be careful when you ask for a schedule... and make sure you have aither occidental or ethiopian time. For instance, ALL the buses in ALL the country leave at 6am, just when the sun rises, so they make the most of daylight...
    - YEARS: As they follow a different calendar, they live now (2006) in 1998, still in the 20th century, and their year starts in our September.
    - MONTHS: The Ethiopian year has 13 months. Thus the touristic slogan "13 months of sunshine"- Though I can swear I had only 30% of days of sunshine when I was there in rainy season!!

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    Art

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Art lovers have a good reason to visit Ethiopia. In every little church or monastery you will find these amazing examples of religious art, scenes from the Bible, saints and local legends. It is not only something of the past, new churches have their own paintings, though I personally prefer those with a few centuries on it.

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    The Nile in Ethiopia?

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Yes, though Nile sounds like Egypt and Sudan, the river has 2 main branches that join in Khartum to make the 'Great Nile'. The major branch, White Nile, starts in Lake Victoria ("discovered" by Speke, 1863) and the minor one, starts in Lake Tana, in Ethiopia.
    Since XVIIIth Century it was believed that the main source of the Nile was Ethiopia, as the other branch was unexplored. Sir Richard F. Burton and Speke searched the true sources of the Nile starting in Zanzibar and heading west till they arrived to Lake Victoria. There's a great movie about that ('The mountains of the Moon').

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