Through the tea plantations 

​Written by guest writer Harri Lewis We woke up in Kandy this morning with a less than restless sleep (arguably our fault as we stayed in place called ‘Hipsters Hangout’!). We headed down to the train station picking up a series of snacks en route to keep us going for the day. We found the … Continue reading Through the tea plantations 

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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

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