Ethiopia Dispatch: Days 9, 10, and 11

Day 9, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Tuesday we set out early for a five-hour drive to Arba Minch. The ride was pretty uneventful, if driving on partly paved, partly rocky roads is uneventful. You get that a lot in Africa: highway projects go very well until they don’t and you have to drive in mud and rocks for 20+ kilometer stretches.

My days in Ethiopia are speeding by now! I can hardly keep up.

I have been in Ethiopia for 11 days and so much has been accomplished in such a short amount of time! I’m a little astounded by that.

I just got back from a five-day trip to the southern region of Ethiopia. I wish I could have traveled further south, but my itinerary wouldn’t allow it. Ethiopia is extremely expansive. I drove a total of ten hours south, but there is only so much to see in such a small window of time. Also, the further you travel from the big cities the less likely you will be connected and I must be connected or else I lose my bearings! Those of you who know me in real life, know that to be true. If I cannot connect I become a madwoman!

On Tuesday and Wednesday I couldn’t connect to Wifi. I couldn’t call out on a landline and my local phone finally was able to receive texts and calls only after several hours. It was maddening, but it taught me that I need to just relax. It’s hard to do, especially for someone like me who lives on the Net. I survived, but it was painful!

I did have an amazing view, though.

But the view didn’t matter. All I wanted was my wi-fi, which, by the way, I didn’t get until I got to Hawassa a full day later.

Day 10: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After I admitted to myself that I would never get on the Internet I decided to stand under these birds on Wednesday morning and just enjoy them and their collective chirping.

Day 11: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday was all about driving back to Addis. It was a beautiful drive through the Great Rift Valley.


  1. Thank you for some lovely pictures. I am reminded of my visits to Ethiopia and encouraged to visit the south.
    I would also encourage other people to go to the great country!


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