Apart from being desperately sick to the point all inhibitions fly out the window and you don't care who sees what, when - and taking a rather dodgy flight from Addis to Lalibela where my seat was coming away from the aircraft mount (no point wearing a seatbelt but I put it on anyway!) - Ethiopia was a joy. For me, this was the country where the reality blew all my preconceptions to bits. From Bob Geldof, Bono and Band Aid videos back in the 80s, I expected dry, dusty land with famine ravaged people walking the streets, begging to be fed. I expected sadness, hostility and heartbreak. I expected to be humbled, and definitely not wowed. When I arrived in November 2007, Ethiopian Millennium celebrations were still going on 2 months down the line (they are 7 years - yes really - 7 years behind us!) Happy, smiley people greeted me. Green, fertile land awaited me. I was stunned, quite literally stunned. 1 favourite memory out of all the highlights - staying in an eco-lodge in the Simien mountains and being so close to the cuddly cute Gelada Baboons. Check out the pics...
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.