From Addis Ababa to Dar es Salaam


When you travel to Africa you spend a lot of travel time on airplanes and in airports obviously. Flying is one of my favorite things to do. You probably figured that out by now. I just love planes, even more than I love tunnels and bridges. I truly should have gone into logistics.  I also love trucks, but that’s a post for another day.

My trip to Dar es Salaam as an International Reporting Project fellow was really nice despite my mad dash to reach the gate in time to actually catch my first flight out of Washington Dulles. I have to remember to give myself plenty of time to check in on Ethiopian Airlines at Dulles. They always have massive lines that move terribly slowly. Lesson learned.

Arriving in Ethiopia
At Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

My twelve-hour flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia went faster than usual. Maybe it’s because I slept long and often. Before I knew it we were landing in Ethiopia’s bustling capital. And then I had a total of about three hours to spare before my less than three hour flight to Dar es Salaam. So, you know what I did for that time: tried to get online. I kept getting a strong Wi-Fi signal and logged on fine, but could never get Internet activity. It was maddening before I just closed my devices and gave up. I sat for the remaining hours in Addis reading a book and falling asleep.

Leaving Addis
Leaving Addis

I arrived in Dar at around 1:30 this afternoon, nearly 12 hours earlier than I was supposed to. I was booked on a night flight to Dar es Salaam, but a little bit of luck helped me get on the earlier flight.

Landing in Dar es Salaam. Notice the Indian Ocean in the top photo.
Landing in Dar es Salaam. Notice the Indian Ocean in the top photo.

As I mentioned before I will be traveling around Tanzania to report on agriculture, food security, hunger and poverty as it relates to women and girls. I hope you follow my journey!

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