Addis in transit
Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
23Trip End Nov 11, 2011
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I guess that it is that need to belong that has all of us looking for those little red tags on the luggage that say lion world tours. As more of us disembark the plane we start up conversations with total strangers, strangers that will be spending the next week with us. It is at the airport that we meet Julie and Josh. They are a little younger than us but in the same age range. We all head to the rest room. One of the people from our tour is already coming out and talking about how bad it is. Having experienced troughs, holes, and squat toilets that had to be flushed by ladling water out of a bucket I was pleasantly surprised with what was a very busy but small bathroom. I am still trying to figure out what that guy was complaining about.
Just as I am about to relax about our "luck" leading up to this trip I realize I have dropped my boarding pass in the bathroom. Luckily I have only been out of the bathroom for a few moments and it is still laying there on the floor. The woefully large woman that I had to squeeze by because she wouldn’t step out of the way, the reason why my boarding pass was pulled out of my backpack gave me a judgmental “stupid tourist” look as I ran back in and picked it up. When I came back out the nearly lost boarding pass opened up the conversation with Julie and Josh about what had led up to this trip. I can only imagine what they must have thought about us.
This area of Addis Ababa is a bit weird. It is pretty tight quarters and there is nothing at all to do. You can’t hit the duty free shops because they are on the other side of security. There is only one bathroom. We found ourselves just waiting patiently for the plane to board. The time passes quickly and the short 2 hour flight to Nairobi is quick.