Ethiopia through the lens of BellionTravels

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5 Days and 4 Nights in Ethiopia

*Not a sponsored post

Tim and I visited Ethiopia from the 29th of November 2019 till the 3rd of December 2019 with our best friend, MIMI. The weather was perfect. It was a short trip and was booked last minute but we managed to do a lot. Thanks to KimKim for arranging our accommodation, our ticket and the tour.

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Here is a tip: When travelling internationally to Ethiopia, use Ethiopian Airlines. We booked our trip with Emirates Airlines and did not manage to get a discount on the domestic flights. If you book through Ethiopian Airlines, you can then get the discount by providing your booking reference number.

This blog post is our itinerary around Ethiopia. Honestly, I wish we did stay longer and explored more. Hopefully, another time. I would say Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited and would rank it on my TOP 5 favourite destinations.

DAY 1:

We flew from Dubai to Addis Abba and landed in the afternoon. Our amazing tour guide, Mahi took us for lunch at an amazing restaurant called Kategna.

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We then went to our hotel to check-in and to drop our luggage. We stayed at a very cozy hotel in the city called ‘Caravan Hotel‘. We became friends with the staff and learned Ethiopian time which I will talk about on a different post. We then explored our area and decided to check out a local cafe which serves coffee and sandwiches but we just went for the coffee and met locals and had a lovely evening.

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DAY 2:

We checked out early in the morning right after having breakfast and drove to the domestic airport to catch our flight to Arba Minch.

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First stop was at a local restaurant and they are known for their famous grilled Tilapia. Our tour guide recommended to explore the villages before it got dark then would take us to our hotel to check-in and relax.

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Lunch at a Garden Restaurant in Arba Minch

As soon as we were done with lunch we headed straight to Gamo Gofa. They are famous for their vegetable and fruit market. We walked around, met locals and just enjoyed the nature.

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Later, we visited the Dorze Village. Their houses look like the Elephants head. Our tour guide, introduced us to the prince of the village and he showed us around and invited us to his place. I will write a separate food post about what we ate at the village and generally Ethiopian food.

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As it got darker, our tour guide suggested that we should head to the hotel to check-in, relax and have dinner. We stayed at Haile Resort. The hotel is owned by the famous runner Haile Gebrselassie.

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Day 3:

We woke up really early in the morning for a long drive to visit the Konso Village, we walked around the village and bought a tiny mask from there. The site is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Konso people are known for cotton weaving and agriculture. Their religion tradition is called Waga/ Waga Sculpture.

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Afterwards, we walked around the Sunflower fields and made a stop at the Konso Lodge to have lunch. Since we had some extra time for one more activity, we decided to go hiking at the National Park.

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Day 4:

Right after breakfast, our tour guide wanted to take us to Lake Abaya but unfortunately, our boat didn’t work. We waited for hours to get it fixed but we all agreed, it was not meant to be. So instead, we decided to visit the Crocodile Farm before heading to the airport.

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I slept the whole flight and when we landed at Addis Ababa. The first thing we did was SHOPPING. We wanted to buy souvenirs for our family and friends and of course US. Tim and I bought a painting, a wooden mask and clothes. We later went and bought coffee beans to take back home. OH MY GOD! Ethiopian coffee is the best.

At night, Mahi took us to an amazing restaurant with live performance called Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food. The food was very delicious and we had such a fun night. The performance was insanely good and they even made us dance.

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Day 5:

Our day started at the Book Store, where I wanted to buy books for my brothers and myself. Our next stop was the National Museum of Ethiopia to meet Lucy, female of the hominin species.

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Before heading to the airport, we did a quick stop to have a good-bye lunch together at a really old house that is now famous restaurant and is also a hotel. The place is called Taitu Hotel.

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We were later dropped to the airport and flew back to Dubai 🙁

Ras Al Khaimah- Road Trip to Ghost Village and Jebel El Jeis

It was the perfect Road Trip. We drove from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and picked up our friends and met my brother and his friends at a Petrol Station in Ajman and drove to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). It was long trip but totally worth it.

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We wanted to discover the famous Ghost Village in RAK also known as Al Jazirah Al Hamra and we did a quick stop at Al Hamra Mall to have lunch and bought a few snacks and drove to Jebel (Mountain) Al Jeis to go on a picnic and enjoy the weather.

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We really had a great time and Jebel El Jeis is an amazing place to hike, to go on a picnic and to just hang out. Ghost Village on the other hand, is an abandoned town which is now slowly becoming a touristic attraction. Not much to do there but it was a nice walk since we were a group of friends discovering the town.

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Also the movie 6 underground was filmed at the Ghost Town.

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Happy New Year 2020

OMG! I can’t believe it’s already 2020. This is insane!!!!!!

Happy New Year Guys

2019 had it’s ups and downs. The down part was that some of my family and friends moved abroad and left the U.A.E for good. Other than that, Tim and I had a wonderful year together. We managed to travel to Philippines, Beirut, Taiwan, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Here are the 2019 recaps:-

One of the highlights of 2019 is that I started a new job in Abu Dhabi. It isn’t my dream job and it isn’t my favourite but it does pay the bills.

I am no ‘New Years Resolution’ type of girl because it never works but I did write a few things in my journal that I would like to focus on.

Here is my “New Years Resolution” list and I will keep you updated on my blog, Instagram and Twitter.

  • Read more books.
  • Attempt to read books in other languages such as Arabic, Spanish and Tagalog.
  • Save money. (laughing inside)
  • Work hard to get closer to achieving the bigger goals.
  • Sign up for a writing class.
  • Blog more.

So far this is what I would like to achieve or “try” to achieve hehe! Actually there are few events happening in 2020 which I’m looking forward to.

  1. Expo 2020
  2. Our condo handover.
  3. Whatever comes in the way. 🙂

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Anyway I would like to wish you a wonderful 2020 and may it be a prosper year for you all. 

 

 

December 2019 Recap

Honestly, I haven’t blogged at all. I decided not to be active on social media but I couldn’t resist Instagram lol. I wrote a few drafts of our trip in Ethiopia but other than that I really did not work hard.

I have a love hate relationship with the month of December. I love it because it has UAE National Day (Public Holiday), My Birthday, Brothers Birthday, Friends Birthdays, My Dads  Birthday, Christmas and New Years but then I hate December for the same reasons.

So here is a quick recap of what happened in December.

Destinations I’ve visited

  • Ethiopia
  • United Arab Emirates

Highlights of the month

  • I accidentally ate bees in Ethiopia.
  • I had a quiet birthday at home. I turned 31.
  • Celebrated my brothers birthday in Ras Al Khaimah. We visited the Ghost Village and Jebel El Jeis.
  • Celebrated my dads birthday at Din Tai Fung.
  • Lulu got me a F.R.I.E.N.D.S Birthday cake.
  • Had a Christmas meal with Lulu and Alan.
  • Had a late Christmas meal with Tim’s friends.
  • Celebrated New Years Eve at our place then Al Bandar to watch Yas Island Fireworks.

What I watched?

Series:

Made sure it was something Christmasy

Movies:

 

 

What music did I listen to?

 

What I read this month?

Does the newspaper count? hehe

I’m trying to finish the books that I have started.

What did I blog about?