Addis Ababa

​Having flown to Addis last night from Hargesia I had today to explore the Ethiopian Capital before flying back to thew UK, so naturally I started it off with a lie in, the first proper one of my trip.  I walked into the city centre to found the 'Red Terror' Matyrs Memorial Museum which shows … Continue reading Addis Ababa

Laas Geel

​Laas Geel, the reason I came to Somaliland. Today was the day that we would go. Gautier and I were going in one vehicle and Paul and two Koreans (the only other tourists in Hargesia) were going in another one as they were then travelling onto Berbera, on the coast. We paid $55 dollars each … Continue reading Laas Geel

Somaliland, Hargesia

​I received a wake up call at 0620 and left for the airport at 0700. Straight through the standard rigmaroles of airport security and then I waited for my (rescheduled) flight to Hargesia in Northern Somalia (Somaliland, previously British Somalia). On arrival to Somaliland the terminal was underwhelming but I was soon through to the … Continue reading Somaliland, Hargesia

Plane Pains

​I caught a minibus to Lalibela airport at 1000, once there I had to wait for the check in desk to open, which it eventually did 45 minutes before departure. It only being a small plane everyone managed to get through on time and the plane departed just a few minutes late. My flight was … Continue reading Plane Pains

Exploring Lalibela

​After over 10 hours solid sleep I went to meet my guide. I know some of you reading this must think that it's pretty hypocritical to have the name say_no_to_tour_guides and then get a tour guide. However I felt it was about time to try one out again and some travellers (Cameron (USA), Naomi (UK) … Continue reading Exploring Lalibela

Lalibela’s rock churches

​After not much sleep I was awake at 0530 to go back to the airport. Jasper took me and refused to take any payment, a very generous couple. The airport was different to the one I arrived at as this was a domestic flight and it took quite a while jumping from queue to queue … Continue reading Lalibela’s rock churches

Getting to Ethiopia

​Not having the funds for a direct flight from London to Addis Ababa I instead flew from Heathrow to Frankfurt where I found a row of chairs to sleep the night on. After a salmon and egg baguette and a coffee for breakfast at 0600 I waited at the gate for my 1000 flight. This … Continue reading Getting to Ethiopia

Traveller in Tashkent

​I arrived in Shymkent (the nearest city to the Uzbek border) at 0630 and near!my straight away found a shared taxi to take me to the crossing, it took just over two hours and cost me about £4 although when we arrived at the border the woman who drove us started asking for more money … Continue reading Traveller in Tashkent

Bishkek to the border

It was a slow morning today, started with a complimentary breakfast of bread and eggs with a coffee before chilling and reading. The girls were going back to Almaty today so the 3 of us went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant (recommended by one of their friends) where I had a chicken burrito. … Continue reading Bishkek to the border

Kyrgyzstan hospitality

(This post wasnt published due to poor wifi, it fits in sequencially between 'Visa fun' and 'Bishkek to the border') ​I gave myself a lie in until 0800 and then walked a few blocks to one of the main roads to catch a bus which would take me to the long distance bus terminal. I … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan hospitality