May 25, 2005
Hey everyone, I'm not dead and contrary to popular rumor, I have not become a Buddhist monk shunning technology.
I considered summarizing the past 2 years in a paragraph or two and directly letting you know what's going on in my life right now, but instead I thought that it would be more fun to build up the suspense and post the journal entries in sequence.
I've started writing again. Here is the first journal entry of many to come.
Almost 2 years overdue. Written from notes and memory.
What I hate most about Ethiopia is the bus schedule. There can be 5 buses a day to Bahar Dar, but all 5 of them leave at 6am. I am not a morning person.
I would have to get up at 4:30 in the morning in order to be sure to make it on a bus out of Addis. For me that's a nightmare.
So, I searched for something else and managed to arrange a shared land cruiser through one of the better tour guides. It was twice the price of a bus, and I can't stand the Addis tour guides, but for an extra hour of sleep I was willing to make a deal.
The truck was going to pick me up at 5:30 in the morning, so I had planned a quiet night. But I could not resist sharing a bottle of wine with friends who worked at my hotel. Drinks with old friends were followed by drinks with new friends; it's hard to go out for a night in Ethiopia without making new friends. Time flew by, and suddenly it's 1:30 in the morning, and I'm very drunk. I stumble back to my hotel and pass out.
I was not in the least bit amused when someone pounds on my door at 4:35 in the morning. The truck is here! The entire reason I paid extra for the truck was for a bit of extra sleep, but they're banging on the door, and dragging me out of bed at 4:35 in the morning. Oh how I hate mornings.
Then, I fume as the bus circles around the city for more than an hour picking up the other passengers. We don't actually head out of Addis until 6am.
But at least I'm finally moving on with my travels.
The road to Bahar Dar was very scenic with big hills, deep valleys, and interesting small towns. The photos on this page were taken along that road.
Leave a comment! I'm much more inspired to write when I know people are reading.
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Erica - May 10, 2007
Good to see your back! I truly enjoy reading about your travels and adventures; you're an inspiration to me. Thank you.
Freddy - May 10, 2007
cool journal Adam!! This would make a great book!! have you been taking som video too? can't wait to read more!
I have considered adding a video blog to the website, but that hasn't happened yet.
Misha - May 11, 2007
Adam, I read everything you write as soon as I get the moment. Glad to hear that you are still treking. If you write, we will read. Perhaps there is someway to remind folks that your posting in a venue where they check regularly. Tribe being mine. The reminder and link to this page in your blog will do wonders for your hit count.
> Perhaps there is someway to remind folks that your posting in a venue where they check regularly. Tribe being mine.
My website does have a RSS feed. If you use any of the RSS aggregators, then you can easily add my blog to the list.
Here is the URL:
And it is already linked to my tribe profile, but unfortunately tribe only supports publishing rss feeds as a module on your homepage rather than broadcasting them to your friends.
It is also linked to my facebook profile, and facebook does a much better job of sharing rss feeds.
michelle - May 14, 2007
Glad to see you are back. As long as you write I will read :-)
Selam - Sept 25, 2007
it's very interesting to hear someone speak of my home town. you've tickeled me in many ways.
In a good way I hope. I really enjoyed my time, the people, and the food of Addis.