I caught a minibus to Lalibela airport at 1000, once there I had to wait for the check in desk to open, which it eventually did 45 minutes before departure. It only being a small plane everyone managed to get through on time and the plane departed just a few minutes late. My flight was … More Plane Pains
Not having the funds for a direct flight from London to Addis Ababa I instead flew from Heathrow to Frankfurt where I found a row of chairs to sleep the night on. After a salmon and egg baguette and a coffee for breakfast at 0600 I waited at the gate for my 1000 flight. This … More Getting to Ethiopia
I woke reasonably early but took my time getting ready, my explorations in the morning took me in search of the all allusive postcard, having not seen a single one on my travels in Central Asia so far I wasn’t holding my breath. I looked in all the likely shops including a large supermarket, my … More Off to Uzbekistan
After a much required lie in I spent most of the morning sorting my stuff out and planning some more for Uzbekistan and how to get there. At about 12 I went for lunch and then onto the Uzbek Embassy for 1430 (it opens at 1500). When I arrived there was already dozens of people … More More fun at the Uzbekistan Embassy
(This post wasnt published due to poor wifi, it fits in sequencially between ‘Visa fun’ and ‘Bishkek to the border’) I gave myself a lie in until 0800 and then walked a few blocks to one of the main roads to catch a bus which would take me to the long distance bus terminal. I … More Kyrgyzstan hospitality
Having failed to get an Uzbekistan visa in the UK my sole goal today was to get one today, or at least apply for one. I had read to get there early because there is a sheet where you write your name down and get served in order. My alarm went off at 0630 and … More Visa fun..
Having arrived in Newiba just after 0100 (Egyptian time) we (the 8 tourists) were escorted off the ferry first albeit without our passports we were then walked across to the arrivals terminal, shepherded through security to the visa desk. Unfortunately Emily and I had taken the word of a Jordanian travel rep who said we … More Nuweiba to Cairo