Ethiopia Travel Stories, Page 2

Dilla Ethiopia

Dilla Ethiopia
Dilla, Ethiopia is the champ, brain drain is in full force, what is left over is those who forgot to get on the bus.

I suppose Dilla has some type of wholesale market city specializing in plastic shoes. This city is another of the many truck stop dust bowl cities in Ethiopia on the road that leads to Kenya.



These shoes were in the Beteseb Hotel next to my bed, I am told Ethiopia manufactures all type of these plastic shoes. Non-matching shoes metaphorically explains the situation in Africa, there is a problem.

Dilla, Ethiopia, no street lights, rude people, the children and even the adults ask for money, the electricity never works, the internet café people are brainless and the girls all seems to be in “business.” working for 200 Birr per day.

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Dila or Dilla, Ethiopia
East Africa
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Khat or Miraa, Ethiopia is a country addicted to chewing these leaves; it is the national pastime and dominates the culture.

Dilla has some coffee places along the street that sell coffee for 10 cents or 1 Birr. The video rentals are one Birr and pretty good quality, someone maybe in this village done a better job of making copies.

Dilla Ethiopia


Ethiopia Children Set World Records

Ethiopia Children Set World Records
India children up to yesterday held the world record for following me and asking me for money. The record of roughly four city blocks was smashed yesterday; the children of Dilla, Ethiopia double the record by following me for eight city blocks with no relief.

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Dila or Dilla, Ethiopia
East Africa
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Generally, beggars are lazy, they are not going to follow and ask for money. Children are often sent my their mothers to beg, they will follow you until where they cannot be see their mother, normally this type of beggar is less than three or four years old.

Children between the ages of four and maybe eight can follow me begging for a long time. They will enter into conversations and try to keep prodding for the money. They try to endear themselves and make you feel compassion and love.

It works….

However, I am 100 percent sure; there is nothing crueler on the planet than to give money to a child. It will enslave them to begging and guarantee they live an unproductive and prosperous life.

I normally use my beggar rules, they need to be missing a body part to get money or help, an arm, leg, eye, and some body part needs to be missing.

It is the Ethiopia people habit to look at a White person and say,
“You, money.”

Ethiopia Children Set World Records


Making a Reed Boat on Lake Awasa Ethiopia

Making a Reed Boat on Lake Awasa Ethiopia
This is a video showing some guy in his underwear making a boat out of lake grass. I want to call them cattails, however I know this is wrong. It is interesting to think about, as I pan to the left with the camera you will see and Islamic girls in brightly dressed clothing.

I never thought about it until later, however now I keep wondering what she was thinking about. She was squatting as I approached, concentrating on watching the guy in his underwear, making this boat.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Sometime I am positive the worlds makes no sense, here is young girls in brightly colored Islamic clothing, very nicely dress watching with great interest a man in blue underwear jumping up and down on a boat. I guess Islamic girls can look at boys, the boys just cannot look at girls, these guys are doing this sexist stuff all wrong.

I think, is this a Papyrus Boat, is this what they called Papyrus Reeds, there is no way to learn, as normal I am in one of them overestimated situations where I know a lot, but cannot find the labels.




He is using wire to hold this boat together, the nose of the boat turns up, this is the same as shoes.



The boats turn this color after a few days, and here is good glimpse of the reeds he is using.



It is not obvious to me why this boat does not just flip over, somehow it is stable, however not clear. Somehow the center of gravity is correct.

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Sailboat Cruising, - Powerboat Cruising

Making a Reed Boat on Lake Awasa Ethiopia


Throw Away Trash Packing Tip

Throw Away Trash Packing Tip
Travel Tip

When living in a Hotel room there is a temptation to throw our trash on the floor and never clean. Why would I clean the room, I am leaving tomorrow?

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Dila or Dilla, Ethiopia
East Africa
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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I am not good at picking up after myself, I tend to throw newspapers and extra shopping bag down, not into a trash can.

However, on when I am packing, I pick up all the trash and throw in the trash can.

Why? Important gear can be hidden under within the papers, trash and other type of refuse in the room. I clean a room as I am leaving, picking up all the loose items and check them.

Throw Away Trash Packing Tip


Arrived in Dilla Ethiopia

Arrived in Dilla Ethiopia
I suddenly grew tired of Awasa, and need the rush of a new city with a different view of the world.

I paid 10 Birr for a Baja Taxi to the Awasa, Ethiopia bus station, and then took an 18 Birr Mini Van to Dilla. I left the room at 6:00 am, and finally settled into a room at 9:45 am. It probably took me an hour to choose a Hotel in Dilla, the place is another one of them Truck Stop cities of Ethiopia, however a little more interesting then others.

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Dilla or Dila, Ethiopia
East Africa
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Traveling in Ethiopia has been incredibly easy, I just cannot complain about the transportation. If you play your cards right, wake early, arrive to the bus stations correctly, and do not listen to the wrong people this country is a cakewalk.

Generally, and honest bunch, there is not much arguing.

Today I paid the Baja Tuk Tuk Taxi one dollar to take me to the Bus Stop, it was probably double the going price. However, it was a no argument price, and was easy. The Baja’s are much better transportation than the motorcycle taxis of West Africa, truly an upgrade in quality of transport.

After leaving Awasa, the land changed from a flat gravel and dust pit to rolling hills with some trees and farms. The place is not a green heaven; however, it does not continuously feel like a flat gravel pit, not there are hills.

I found an internet café, they say it will be working later this afternoons, I know the are optimistic.

Arrived in Dilla Ethiopia


Homesick Travel Tip

Homesick Travel Tip
I know many people dream of traveling the planet, leaving your nine to five job and venturing out to explore the world, however it is not all fun and games.

What does it mean to be Homesick?

Homesick defined: unhappy and longing for home: feeling sadness and longing to be at home with family and friends when away from them.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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I guarantee you will become lonely if you travel over three months away from home. There is a need for friendship, the human animal is a social being, it lives in groups and runs in packs, it is not an animal that lives solitary.

I am presently in Awasa, Ethiopia and I feel a sense of loneliness. There are many new friends in my life; I am invited daily to go drink coffee with a large group of girls I met. I have met a few people in the internet café and we have conversations. There are two or three men in the Hotel who speak great English and we have conversations.

It is always a question mark in my life when I feel lonely, I am never sure why, however I know something is missing.

Homesickness is misleading, it is not Home I a missing, it is a conversation with someone who knows me and wants to talk with me.

There are a few ways to find this type of close personal relationship.

1. Skype.com, I can find a great connection and call my friends at home, pay 2 cents per minute and have an hour conversation.

2. Choose a friend and try to increase the level of friendship.

3. Travel to a location where I already have friends, return to a familiar location. For example, I can return to Bangkok, Thailand where I have friends.

4. Travel to a location where there are many English-speaking tourist, this enables me to have better friendships and better conversations.

5. Learn to speak the local language, this allows friendships to grow.

Homesick, - Locals - Meeting, - Happiness

Homesick Travel Tip


Yahoo.com and New York Times Travel News

Yahoo.com and New York Times Travel News
As a few of you have realized, I am having an identity crisis.

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
The Importance of Being Earnest

Yahoo.com and the New York Times online were using excerpts of my travel writing in their travel news sections. Yahoo.com is the first or second biggest site on the Planet, according to how you want to argue with Google.com over the issue.

I am flattered, frustrated and confused, however I keep thinking to myself, just another example of how sad journalism has become on planet earth.

If a person wants to pick up my person travel writing and call it “Travel News,” I think they are truly confused.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Monday, March 23, 2009
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I was getting serious traffic from Yahoo.com Travel News; maybe 50-100 people per day visited my site.

I am on Forbes.com as one of the Top Five Travel Journal, and I get less than one click through per month, there is almost zero traffic coming from the site.

THE RSS FEED IDEA
- RSS is an acronym for Real Simple Syndication.

I have enjoyed reading comment when I notified readers I was stopping the RSS feed. However, I doubt they knew how seriously I considered whether this was a good or bad idea. I disrupted maybe one hundred sites by stopping the RSS feed.

I stopped 100 sites from using my content for free…. hehehe

However, Yahoo.com Travel News is a great example of why I have stopped the RSS feeds. When the site discovered I was no longer in Central and South America, and in Africa, they stopped using the excerpts.

RSS is an acronym for Real Simple Syndication; however, the word Syndication implies I will be paid.

I remember the first time I learned about RSS Feeds, my first thought was,
“Great, free content, I will not have to write as much, I can use their content and infer that it is mine.”

That thought last a day, not a couple of moment, I think it lasted at least the whole day, then I decided the whole idea was greedy, just me wanting money for nothing.

The RSS feed promise from the 100 internet sites that used my RSS feed. You allow us to use your feed, and we will send you traffic. I considered this a reasonable request, however after five or more years, I am still waiting for the deluge of traffic.

TROLL DEFINED:
“Troll, in Scandinavian mythology, a powerful giant that was an enemy of humans. Trolls lived in caves or in castles on hilltops, robbing and eating any travelers foolish enough to stray into their domain after dark.” (2)

I am having an identity crisis, if a person is to call themselves a writer, I would hope or expect they would labor over the use of words. Words are the written music, they resonate in a person mind, when words are correctly used, and they lead readers to a wonderful world.

Choosing words is an art form, there is justice in writing, and it only survives if people enjoy reading it. A writer glory is revealed when one person tells another they should read this or that.

I am happy to use this art form, however, to be true to myself, when I sit here in my writers stupor, trying to choose the proper words to be made into song, I just cannot use the words like “News,” or “Blog,” and even have trouble using the word “Travelogue.”

I would be negligent to call myself a writer, without the existence of a word battle within myself; I will continue to search for the correct word to describe what I do.

Today, I will call is a Daily Travel Journal, because I know it is not Travel News, it is not a Blog, it is not Articles, it is a collection of many things, I think the only word that truly defined it is “Journal,” although magazine is close.

I want to call is a diary, however the more I think about is, I am not going to let you folks read my diary.

Intellectually challenge, want a little more meat on your plate? Here is some interesting fodder to read:


How to Travel Journal, - Internet, - Jobs, - Travelogues, - Travel Journals, - Travel Writers

Yahoo.com and New York Times Travel News


Bird Eating in Lake Awasa Ethiopia

Bird Eating in Lake Awasa Ethiopia
I walked down to the lake and took this photo of a bird, I am quite happy with the 20X zoom of my Canon camera. I often find the photos show me more than I could actually see with my normal eyesight.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
Three to Four Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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In this photo, the bird is pulling something out of the reeds in the lake.



I am not sure; it looks a lot like a small salamander of some form of animal the bird is eating. Again, I do not know the name of the bird…

Animals, - Bird Watching, - Nature, - Naturalist

Bird Eating in Lake Awasa Ethiopia



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