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The annual "trip of a lifetime" this year is to Ethiopia with my friend Margaret and former WNBA player and Olympian Ruth.

This whole trip happened because Margaret was born in Ethiopia and lived there until she was 12. She has never been back since so she really wanted to go back to the place where she has such fond memories.

We flew Qatar Airways so that means we have to fly through their hub in Doha. On the way there we only had a couple hour layover but on the way back we had a layover over nearly 48 hours, which meant pretty much two full days in Doha.

The bulk of the time was to be spent in Ethiopia, visiting all the cool historical sites that Margaret had heard about but never visited while she lived there as a child. Ethiopia has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites  , the most in Africa and surprisingly more than Egypt.

Margaret actually flew to Ethiopia a week before Ruth and I did where she had an amazing driver/guide named Solomon take her to the little towns she grew up in and visited as a child which were primairly to the south of the capital Addis Ababa.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Things we did in and around Addis Ababa, the bustling capital of Ethiopia. We stayed at the Hilton, visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the National Museum of Ethiopia.
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More Addis Ababa

More Addis Ababa
2nd day of stuff in Addis, Entoto Maryam Church and some Addis nightlife.
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Great Ethiopian Road Trip

Great Ethiopian Road Trip
The bulk of the trip was a 1200 mile 7 day road trip through Northern Ethiopia.
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
First day of our great Ethiopian road trip we stopped in Bahir Dar to check out some of the oldest Monasteries in Ethiopia, see the source of the Blue Nile and the Blue Nile Falls.
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Gondar, Ethiopia

Gondar, Ethiopia 
Second day of the road trip was to visit the very cool city of Gondar, see the castles, the famous Fasiledas Bath and Dobe Birhan Selassie Church.
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Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia 
We originally planned a short visit but last minute got a room at the lodge and spent the whole day and a night, and we're glad we did.
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Aksum, Ethiopia

Aksum, Ethiopia 
Our next stop is the very historically significant city of Aksum. It is the home of the oldest ruins of civilization in Ethiopia.
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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela, Ethiopia 
Our last stop on the Great Ethipian Road Trip is the amazing town of Lalibela and its world famous Rock-Hewn Churches.
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First day in Doha, Qatar

First day in Doha, Qatar
After the whirlwind tour of Ethiopia we had a nearly two day layover in Qatar which was also extremely interesting.
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Doha Desert Safari, Qatar

Doha Desert Safari, Qatar
Our final day in Doha we wanted to do something exciting. So I found a tour through the Hilton Concierge that included "Dune Bashing", swimming in the Persian Gulf, sand boarding and camel riding.
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