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Trip: Coffee journey: Ethiopia and Turkey

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Turkish Delight, on a Moonlit Night

TURKEY | Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | Views [1859]

A steamy Turkish bath would be the highlight of this blustery Istanbul day! After a delicious breakfast Ali and I set out, and I had to find a place to stay for the next couple of nights because he told me his flatmates didn't like me staying there; ... Read more >

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Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople

TURKEY | Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | Views [1613]

This morning I woke up fairly late at 9:30, which is extremely late for this journey. In Ethiopia I was up everyday by about 7 AM but sometimes much earlier. These days it's known as Istanbul but I'd visit one landmark built during the days of Constantinople ... Read more >

İstanbul was Constantinople

TURKEY | Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | Views [1516]

Onto the metro of İstanbul I go and suddenly I feel like I'm back in civilization. After two tough months in Ethiopia and Somaliland I feel like I'm reborn and back into a land where I can go to Burger King and Starbucks and it's actually cool enough ... Read more >

Photos: İstanbul

TURKEY | Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Turkısh delight on a moonlit night
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Hot springs and hot showers

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [4874]

It's coming down to my last few days in Ethiopia. This journey has been as frustrating as it's been rewarding, and I want to end it on a good note. These past couple of days I've been in Wondo Genet staying with a CSer named Dawit. He's so tall you'd ... Read more >

Photos: Wondo Genet

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Hot springs and Ethiopia's most reliable hot showers
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Photos: Awasa

ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

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ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [1001]

When I got on the bus to Awasa earlier I noticed the side pocket on my pack was open, the strap had been cut, and my Nintendo 3DS was gone! It wasn't until I thought of a minibus ride earlier: I got on a minibus to Bole and the front seat was vacant.... Read more >

Addis: 700 km ahead

ETHIOPIA | Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [959] | Comments [1]

Crossing back into Ethiopia from Somaliland yesterday, it marked the start of an epic, tumultuous, spectacular, and nerve-testing journey. When I crossed the border back into Ethiopia I was relieved (semi-relieved would be slightly more accurate), as ... Read more >

Las Geel

SOMALIA | Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | Views [1697]

As I hitchhiked from Berbera I was picked up quickly and asked to be dropped off in Dhubato so I could go to Las Geel. It was still early, and even though it was 6 km down a dirt road I felt confident I could walk there. The only problem was that I had ... Read more >

Photos: Las Geel

SOMALIA | Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Cave paintings in Somaliland
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Sadness in Berbera

SOMALIA | Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Views [2126]

Why did I come here? That's what I asked myself 20 minutes after arriving in Somaliland's largest coastal city. The barren landscape for most of the way is hauntingly beautiful, and I felt it would have been more fun to pitch my tent out in the middle ... Read more >

Photos: Berbera

SOMALIA | Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Probably the most boring and depressing place I've ever visited
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SOMALIA | Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | Views [2151]

After spending more than a month in Ethiopia I crossed the no-man's land into Somaliland. At customs I was photographed and told "Welcome to Somaliland" after getting an entry stamp that most well-seasoned travellers would only dream of. When I exchanged ... Read more >

Photos: Hargeisa

SOMALIA | Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Not much to do, but interesting nonetheless
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Hyenas and the Old Wall

ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | Views [1376]

Last night I had a dream that I somehow forgot to go to Turkey, and was sad because I didn't check off my sixth continent. Anyways, today would be a big day of narrow alleyways, colourful buildings, old Peugeots, and feeding hyenas. After a few cups ... Read more >

The long way East

ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | Views [1117]

On the road again. This time to Harar in Ethiopia's eastern frontier. I've had at least three days where I've spent the entire day on a bus and several more in which I've had a good part of the day with my butt glued to a bus seat. Buses, at least in ... Read more >

Photos: Harar

ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Old Peugeots chug along in the medina: Havana meets Marrakech
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And along came Mei

ETHIOPIA | Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | Views [835]

On my travels I've met, written about, and photographed hundreds of ladies. On this trip alone, in the Simiens I met Anne from France, and in Maychew I met Lizzie from the US. And on my various travels I've met girls from dozens of countries on six continents! ... Read more >

Dust myself off

ETHIOPIA | Sunday, 3 Mar 2013 | Views [1217]

After sleeping just a few hours after that wild and crazy bus ride yesterday, today I was ready for another adventure in the "Addis Fracas." I'm thankful to be alive after last night; Ethiopia has more road deaths per vehicle than any other country. ... Read more >

The Journey is the Destination

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [785]

It was still pitch-black out and my headache had all but subsided. Yesterday the whole left side of my head hurt so bad I was incapacitated and I thought I had malaria. Unlike most other Ethiopian towns, Lalibela is astonishingly quiet when it's dark ... Read more >

Photos: Kombolcha

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Cornered Rat

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | Views [673]

It's the beginning of March, and I've been in Ethiopia for an entire month now! Certainly it's been an experience of a lifetime, and today I have another crazy adventure to add to the "Farrell Chronicles." Yesterday I visited Bet Giyorgis and the Northern ... Read more >

The X-rock

ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | Views [1034]

It's the symbol of Lalibela, if not Ethiopia. The Church of St. George (Bet Giyorgis) is the most striking of Lalibela's rock-hewn churches. Shaped like an "X" or a Greek cross, it is carved from solid rock and it's in a trench on its own away from the ... Read more >

Photos: Lalibela

ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Ethiopia's jewel
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Photos: Maychew

ETHIOPIA | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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PCV Lizzie

ETHIOPIA | Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | Views [1430]

Lizzie meets me as I'm having a cup of tea at a small restaurant in downtown Maychew. She's a Peace Corps volunteer (PCV) whom I've been in touch with for awhile via CS, and I'm finally here to take up her offer. Maychew is pronounced like "my chow" ... Read more >

Photos: Danakil Depression

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

feels more like another planet
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Earth's Centre, or another planet?

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 | Views [2164]

Florian, Adrien, and I would embark on an extraordinary journey this morning! To the centre of the Earth (enter Jules Verne)? Or perhaps to another planet? Whilst it feels like either is possible here, we climbed aboard a 4WD and journeyed down into ... Read more >


ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | Views [1823]

A journey around Ethiopia can really take its toll; physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and socially. From filthy bathrooms to restaurants with half of what's on the menu not available, someone not understanding you at all to someone ... Read more >

Photos: Mek'ele

ETHIOPIA | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Through Tigray

ETHIOPIA | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Views [1729]

All bit up by mozzies last night, I was annoyed. Walking with the stars still shining with a glimpse of Scorpio I felt slightly better. Being driven in a minibus in the opposite direction of Axum's bus station I was even more annoyed! Bags of puke being ... Read more >

Photos: Tigray

ETHIOPIA | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Adigrat, and the bus journey from Axum to Mek'ele
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Photos: Axum

ETHIOPIA | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Anne and the Ark

ETHIOPIA | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | Views [2570]

The word "ark" conjures up many images: Noah's Ark, a Star Trek-style interstellar ark, or a Biblical ark. I'm in Axum, reputedly home of the last of the three and perhaps the most famous: the Ark of the Covenant. Axum has been compared to Jerusalem ... Read more >

Dusty roads and Hairpin turns

ETHIOPIA | Sunday, 17 Feb 2013 | Views [1342]

Bante woke me early as I was set for an epic journey to Axum. I slept well last night and not a single flea bit me! As I had a cup of tea, Bante told me he couldn't get a hold of a friend who was driving from Gondar to Axum, and that even if he did I'd ... Read more >

Photos: Debark

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 16 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Gateway to the Simiens
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A Finish of Hospitality

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 16 Feb 2013 | Views [761]

It was a test of my nerves and patience today. Whilst the plan was to walk to Sankaber it would be 8+ hours walking along a dirt road getting blasted with dust every time a vehicle passed by. A guide named David flagged down the bus for me so I had to ... Read more >

Geech to Chenek

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 15 Feb 2013 | Views [1642]

Chenek here I come! Thanks to Jan and Filip I decided to extend my trek by a day and head to Chenek instead of back to Buyit Ras. Dashaw said the best views would be today, and right he was! It was so cold when I woke up it felt more like I was in Nepal ... Read more >


ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | Views [1154]

It may be Valentine's Day but today I'm headed for Geech. That reminds me, last year I spent Valentine's Day in Belize. When I woke up this morning I expected a more demanding trek and even more spectacular scenery to go along with it. The beginning ... Read more >

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