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Ethiopia Favorites

  • Macchiatto

    Macchiato was one of my favorites in Ethiopia. You can see it spelled in a lot of different ways and the same goes with the taste... This is espresso coffee with a dash of milk, usually foam. It bears the Italian influence that is very common in Ethiopia. It is supposed to have very little milk but sometimes it has too much milk or too much sugar....

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  • Juices

    Juices in Ethiopia are divine! They are pure, fresh and no water is added. You should have one every day! It is absolutely necessary for our tired bodies! And a small tip from me: Never drink it when you are really tired, relax first for half an hour so that you give your stomach the time to get ready to digest properly. My favorite combination is...

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  • Coffee ceremony !!!

    Coffee time is especially “honored” in Ethiopia as this is a time to relax and forget the hardships of life.. It is an important part of their social and cultural life. They have it three times a day but they like it most when they gather with family and friends and enjoy every minute of it, particularly after a hard working day, or when they have...

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  • Getting the Visa in Ethiopia

    In Adda Abeba the Djibouti embassy (close to Airport/Bole Avenue and Capvarde street) wants to see a airline ticket, hotel booking, 2 fotos and $ 120 (more for fast service), where in the consulat in Dire Dawa (near the Samrat hotel) you van get a transit visa (valid for 1 week) for $ 70 and 2 fotos.

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  • Going down in the Blue Nile Gorge

    After we walked for some time along the edge of the Blue Nile Gorge, we saw the road winding down. We got again in our bus to continue our route.The winding road dropped more than 1000 M into the Blue Nile Gorge. At the bottom of the gorge we had to cross the river by a bridge, which, like the winding road, was built by the Italians. The bridge is...

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  • Bird Watching

    Ethiopia is one of the main ornithological destinations in Africa, where more than 860 species of birds have been recorded. I read that the 40% of the tourism in the country comes for this purpose: bird watching. Bahir Dar is one of the places in Ethiopia where I saw more different species of birds, being the most common the king fishers and...

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  • The culture con

    The rock temples of Lalibela are awesome....the country boasts a lot of other cultural sights but 2,500 km of travel only revealed a few third rate ruins. Don't be conned into making a trip up north to Axom to see the Ark of the Covenant...it doesn't exist...no photos, no drawings...nothing! It's a really interesting country but don't expect to see...

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  • Banks -Telephone - Internet

    Banks with ATM: Only Dashen Bank has ATMs connected with Cirrus, Master card, and Visa, and you can withdraw money with no problem. There are many branches in Addis and several more cities around the country. I remember I took money in Harar, in Dere Dawa, in Mekele, in Bahir Dhar, in Gondar, in Awasa, in Aksum and some other cities. I am sure...

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  • Talo, traditional dish in Tigrai

    "Talo" is the traditional dish of the area of Addigrat. It is beef cooked in a typical tomato sauce in a clay pot, and served with local white cheese on top. It is escorted by salad and rice. But the most important are those little balls, made of barley flour, and served around the main pot. These little balls are not cooked, they are completely...

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  • Traditional drinks

    Tej is my favorite. It is a kind of honey wine and it is really delicious if it is home made. I think the tej I tried in a small village in Tigray, Atsbi, was the best in Ethiopia. Tej can be strong with a lot of alcohol or lighter, you can order it the way you like. It is brewed with fruit and is sweet and very refreshing? You don't realize the...

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  • some useful words...

    Here are some useful Ethiopian wordsAmharic is the official language of the country. There are plenty of dialects but in general they all understand amharic.. ferentzi = touristsmuk waha = hot waterbeka! = enough(the most polite when they are very pushy)chow = saltsikuar = sugarberbere = pepperdabo = bread (not injera)eshi = yes ( you will often...

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  • COUNTRY INFORMATION

    COUNTRY INFORMATION:Visa: Visa at Bole Intl. airport in Addis Ababa takes 10 minutes. Costs 20 USD.Mobil phone: Good connection with foreign SIM cards from 2010.ATM: Some few ATM's inside the luxury hotels in Addis Ababa. It gives a normal rate.Recommended language: English.Infrastructure: Very poor.Friendliness by the people: Very friendly. Some...

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  • Visa on arrival

    "Visa on arrival" will be issued at Bole Intl. airport if you have a nationality from a socalled tourist-generating country. Just line up in queue. 4-5 officers will issue the tourist visas quickly. Make sure to have your passport and 20 USD ready. For a single entry visa you don't need photos and you don't need to write anything. The visa is valid...

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  • Using mobile phone in Ethiopia

    I was in Addis Ababa the first time in 2008. Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp was the only mobile phone operator in Ethiopia at that time. And a foreign SIM card was at that time very hard to use. The situation is quite different now with more operators. Using a foreign SIM card is easy, but roaming is still too expensive. If you stay a longer...

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  • Money

    NEWS ON MONEY-WITHDRAWAL:Most guidebooks still do not mention it, but now you can get cash at ATMs of DASHEN BANK with EC-, VISA- and Master-Card plus PIN in most larger cities. For a list of ATM-locations see under the respective link ("City" for Addis Ababa and "upcountry" for other towns in Ethiopia)...

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  • Some amharic words

    Amharic is the main Ethiopian language. Here are some words...Say hello to a man - dhnanheSay hello to a woman - dhnanishSay hello to many people - dhnanachuWhite man - ferenjyEthiopian man - habeshaThank you - amesegnalehuYou're welcome - chiger yelemI like you - ewodishalewI love you - afekrshalehuMy love - yene konjo

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  • Lonely Planet: Ethiopia & Eritrea

    This Loney Planet guidebook about Ethiopia and Eritrea is a good. Buy it if you need information before you visit the country

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  • Ethiopian Travel Visa if no Embassy...

    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...

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  • everywhere

    in ethiopiapeople can be charmed into anythingremember to smile n be pleasant works all the timen 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....

    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

    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...

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  • THE PRIEST'S UNBRELLA

    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...

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  • Know an honest local

    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...

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  • Money

    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...

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  • Visas

    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...

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  • 13 MONTHS OF SUNSHINE

    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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  • SAINT YARED

    Hello. This is a tip in the process of being built with information. If you would like this information now, please email me!

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  • EMPEROR TEWODROS II

    Hello. This is a tip in the process of being built with information. If you would like this information now, please email me!

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  • EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I

    Hello. This is a tip in the process of being built with information. If you would like this information now, please email me!

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  • EMPEROR MENELIK II

    Hello. This is a tip in the process of being built with information. If you would like this information now, please email me!

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  • ATM machines in Ethiopia

    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...

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  • Sleeping with monks

    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...

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  • Time

    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...

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  • Art

    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?

    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...

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  • Green

    In spite of a (wrong) general impression, Ethiopia is not a dry endless desert. All the north part of the country is mountanious, green and beautiful. Some parts, as the Simien Mountains, make an ideal scenary for trekking and hiking.

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  • Ethiopians

    Ethiopians are usually tall and thin. You can find some that are very beautiful, specially women in the south, near Somalia.Most are friendly and many people approach to you in the streets, though 80% are after some tip after guiding you here or there, or showing you his cousin shop.Most young people speak english, though sometimes very basic.

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  • Get naked with the Mursi!

    Visiting with the Mursi is a stressful experience. I visited with them for a few hours. In the first hour, I was completely surrounded by tribesmen. The women got in my face and began shouting and grabbing me. Their hands were in my pockets as others tried to pull at my clothes and rub the "white" off of my arms and legs. Some even plucked hairs...

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  • Money, Telefon, Internet, Time

    Money – No credit cards are accepted except in expensive hotesl in Addis Ababa! There are ATMs but they only accept cards of Ethiopian banks.Telefon – Mobilfon network is only in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar but not for Vodafon. Long distance calls are available from Telcommunication offices and privat phlone shops and cost about 3 $ a minute.Internet...

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  • Moyale, bordertown

    Coming from Yavelo, we reached Moyale the bordertown with Kenya around midday. At both sides of the border the bordertown is named Moyale.We took our lunch at the Ethiopian side in one of the bars along the main road and succeeded to find people to change our last Ethiopian Birr in Kenyan Shillings in the meantime.Passing the Ethiopian and Kenyan...

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  • Camels along the road to Moyale

    In the Omo region we didn't see camels, like we did a lot in the northern part of Ethiopia.But on our way to the south and the Kenyan border in the dry areas we saw regularly camels again. Also in the north of Kenya the people use a lot of camels.

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  • Road from Yavelo to Moyale

    After our trip to the Lower Omo Valley with its dusty and bumpy tracks, we reached the tarred road in Yavelo. Our truck could drive so fast, heading south to Moyale and the Kenyan border, that we needed our fleeces in the open backside. When we made a sanitary stop, we noticed that it's still hot, like in the Omo region. For the huts along the road...

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  • Carved Stelae south of Lake Langano

    In an area of about 200KM from Tiya in the north to Dila in the south are several places, where you can find the ancient stelae. The largest stones are about 2 M high.Like the standing stones in Europe, also these stones are mysterious, because nothing is known of the meaning and purpose. Also the engraved enigmatic symbols ar intriguing

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  • Stelae south of Lake Langano

    South of Lake Langano we saw first a lot of colourfully painted Islamic graves near the villages and houses. I could recognised them, because I had seen a replica in the Ethnological Museum in Addis Abeba.Later we made a stop, to have a look at some stelae just west of the highway from Lake Langano to Shashemene. You have to know the place, because...

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  • Is this Ethiopia ?

    Is this Ethiopia? Yes, this is Ethiopia. There are a lot of varied landscapes in Ethiopia, exotic, impressive, stunning .... But sometimes the landscape looked very European instead of African.On our way to Addis Abeba, coming from the north, just south of Kombolcha, I saw this path along the mainroad, edged by Lombardy poplars. All looked so very...

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