Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gondar, sort of like lord of the rings

Nestled in the hills to the north of Lake Tana lies the ancient city of Gonder. Emperor Fasilides, the 17th century ruler of Ethiopia made this city the capital of his empire due to its strategic location. It was on … Continue reading

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An unwanted guide

First stop on my tiki-tour of the north was Bahir Dar. A 11 hour bus ride meant an early start to avoid driving in the night. Trying to navigate the complexities of an early morning taxi with limited english was … Continue reading

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Lucy, one of the diamonds in the sky

As one of the major hubs for Africa, a direct flight from Heathrow landed me on the 4th of April into Addis Ababa – a memorable favourite for the timeless drinking game ‘capitals of the world.’ Due to Ethiopia’s stability … Continue reading

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Pack the running shoes

My pre-existing knowledge of Ethiopia was limited to not much more than common associations of poverty, famine and Bob Geldof. I did have faint memories from 5th Form history class with Mr King at Palmy Boys, learning about the western … Continue reading

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I hear the drums echoing tonight

The 8 month window between when my diploma finished and when I intend to be back in New Zealand gave me the opportunity to tack on a bit of travel. St Francis hospital requires you to be there for 6 … Continue reading

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Adventures further afield

I did have high hopes of utilising cheap airfares to Europe to see some of the more exotic sights of Europe in the weekends. A brutal class schedule meant that the weeks took their toll and come the weekend, a … Continue reading

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Adventures in London

Despite the English national past times of whining and insisting on forming queues, London is a pretty cool spot to live in. The daily commute on the tube soon became routine, including the lack of embarrassment in squeezing into what … Continue reading

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