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 

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

Exploring Erbil

​After arriving so late we didn't get up until 0830. We are staying at a place called Madera Hotel which has breakfast included, so we piled our plates high with cucumber, melon, banana, bread and eggs accompanied by coffee. Not a bad way to start the day. Immediately as we walked out of the hotel … Continue reading Exploring Erbil

Casablanca

​We were at the airport by 0100, our flight left from Bissau to Casablanca at 0430 so we didn't have to wait long until check in opened and we could go through security. We both attempted to sleep in the departure lounge but it wasn't until we were aboard the plane that we could properly … Continue reading Casablanca

The ‘beach’

A lie in, the first of the trip, set the foundations for the rest of the day. We got coffee and pastries for breakfast and having exhausted Bissau of entertainment value we caught a minibus then a taxi to a town called Qinhamel, about 35km outside the city. The town was little more than a … Continue reading The ‘beach’