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From Melbourne to Addis Ababa

27 Hours

Well that was a long journey, 27 hours had elapsed from when entered Melbourne airport to when I exited the airport in Addis Ababa. But the flights were not all bad. I was fortunate enough to get a business class upgrade for the Dubai-Addis leg. I could fully extend my legs and still not touch the seat in front :) During this sector I was seated next to a PNG parliamentarian who was headed to Addis for a women's forum. She was fascinating to person to converse with.

Addis Ababa is not as chaotic as I had expected. Don't get me wrong there is plenty of traffic, many of the buildings are run down, beggars aplenty but to my surprise, drivers use their horns sparingly, cars stay in their lane, crossing the road seems less like a game of frogger and power lines don't appear to be an imminent fire hazard. There are long orderly lines of people waiting for buses which in turn are not overcrowded. There is plenty of building in progress, new and restoration. However the wooden scaffolding does not engender a huge confidence in the safety of the labourers.

Arriving into my hotel at 3:00pm, it was too early to go to bed so I visited the National museum to see 'Lucy' and other prehistoric remains. Now it is time to say Good Night.

Posted by adtamo 09:36 Archived in Ethiopia

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