Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 13 April, 2007 | $7.95
After eleven days driving around it was nice to start exploring by foot again. I hadn’t had any time to look around when I first arrived so I visited the museum when Lucy is kept, walked through the market and came down with a horrible case of the flu. My hotel room was convenient but covered in cockroaches. They crawled out of the fixtures while I showered, which was pretty gross, but I wasn’t bothered enough to move rooms.
Downtown Addis has a long strip of cafes and restaurants to be seen in but I was content renting DVDs of American TV shows from the shop next to my hotel until I felt better. I did, however, make the long walk to a restaurant run by the former chef of the U.S. embassy for salads and Mexican food. Outside of Addis you’re eating local—injera is definitely an acquired taste, especially three times a day.
View more photos of Addis Ababa in the gallery.