Why am I going to Ethiopia tomorrow?

Tomorrow I set off for a two week trip to Ethiopia and it certainly promises to be an adventure. It wouldn’t be strictly true to say that I’ve always dreamed of this destination but it has been high on my wish list since retirement. This enthusiasm was first generated when I checked out some of the options being offered by the travel company Peregrine Adventures, an Australian outfit with whom I’ve previously voyaged on four continents.

Ethiopia contains a treasure chest of historical, biblical and archaeological references: the magnificent ruins of the great 4th century kingdom of Axum, rare wildlife in its natural habitat, spellbinding scenery and, as we must not forget to mention, the source of the River Nile. It also provides a unique insight into an independent Africa; for, alone of all the countries of this great continent, Ethiopia has never been colonised.

Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, it’s also part of the Horn of Africa with all the baggage that that implies. Political unrest, famine, xenophobia and unspeakable things done to girl children in the name of religion so how am I going to cope? By not travelling alone this time, I think. However, our group promises to be very small and so I hope that I will have the comfort and security of being with an experienced tour operator while still maintaining a sense of the mysteries of the unknown.

My hospital check ups have pronounced me fit to travel (although I can’t say I was too specific about my destination) and I have packed with great care. Probably the best confidence injection that I could have given myself, though, was the recent Brussels trip where I managed several hours of sightseeing while the unseasonal temperature rose to almost 30 degrees. And I have a companion of my own for this trip because Grahame has decided to join me. It’s close to forty years since we last ventured abroad together but (provided he can get out of that traffic jam on the M25 some time this evening) I think we should be fine.

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