Monthly Archives: April 2012

Herring in a landlocked African country

This was really a very pleasant surprise. Ever since we met Chiara, Veronica and Dirk, we had decided to set up dinner meetings about every 2 weeks. This time it was a place called ‘African’s Queen‘, which is known for … Continue reading

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The reader

Julius is very fond of books and his reading is getting better and better … and the books he reads have less pictures and more letters. I was very surprised to see him reading Roald Dahl. I mainly know him … Continue reading

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Julius & Xhanti (…and an iPad)

Never had it crossed my mind that an iPad makes a fantastic collection of board games (i.e. Checkers) in one simple, take along device. And while I limit the time very strictly as to how much Julius is allowed to … Continue reading

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A bit more about last weekend and the place we stayed.

As published on Tripadvisor: “Bad electrical wiring + flooded bathroom / living room” Reviewed April 15, 2012 = disaster waiting to happen But let me start with the good things. There is a lot to like about Negash Lodge. The … Continue reading

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Dinner with Fikru

At the end of the day our driver Fikru invited us into his home for authentic, home made injera. An it was delicicious and very cozy He also offered us all kinds of local drinks, like ‘Taj and Arak (which … Continue reading

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Wenchi Crater Lake

Today’s adventure was going to the Wenchi Crater Lake. It is only 32km (From Wolliso, where we were staying) .. but the road is really bad, so it takes you more than an hour to get there. Also there is … Continue reading

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Monkey Business

This weekend is Easter according to the Ge’ez calendar and school is off, so we are trying a new lodge for the weekend. In general the Negash Lodge is very nice and has lots of monkeys to marvel at (which … Continue reading

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Julius, the artist

Here some new pictures he was doodling while we were on vacation. He definitely has an artist stroke in his bones and I will try to support that as much as possible.

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And we are back in Addis Ababa

The trip back was a very mixed bag. I managed to get us a 90 minute late check-out, which meant we could enjoy our breakfast in peace, have one last dip in the Dead Sea + mud covering, take a … Continue reading

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Breakfast of the Champions.

One of the highlights here (and something I am looking forward to every morning) is the breakfast. It is a very extensive buffet which is top notch. It includes some of my favorite items like smoked salmon & trout and … Continue reading

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My ear hurts!

No Easter vacation would be complete without seeing a doctor. Last time we had that was actually in Turkey in April 09. But this time it was the return of the evil ear infection, which Julius had not have since … Continue reading

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Face Paint

Nice distraction today after many hours in the pool.

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Dinner @ Ashur

One of the many restaurants at our hotel is called Ashur, great name for an ‘Italian’ restaurant. (Last time we were here, we came from Italy, so no reason to go to a faux Italian restaurant) Very nice setting right … Continue reading

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Dead Sea, then and now

Yes, … I lost weight .. 😀

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From Petra to the Dead Sea

We left our hotel at around 9 and drove along the south part of the king’s highway towards north. We have not been on that route yet and were tempted to stop by the Dana Nature Reserve, but after reading … Continue reading

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