It dawned on me as I was writing my earlier post about traveling through Ethiopia this week that I actually have 17 hours in Addis Ababa. My question is simple — what should I do?
Ethiopian Airlines provides hotel accommodations to transit passengers, so it is likely I’ll have a room at the Hilton during the layover.
I love Ethiopian coffee…truly love it. I’m hoping that I can enjoy some great coffee during my layover.
I’m also interested in potentially climbing (well, driving) to the peak of Mount Entoto so I can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Addis Ababa.
While I’m open to visiting the Ethiopian National Musuem and “Red Terror” Martyrs’ Memorial Museum, I’d probably prefer to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
I’m woefully ignorant when it comes to Ethiopian history. While it is impossible to become an expert by reading museum placards or even speaking to locals, I do hope to acclimate myself a bit more in Ethiopian history during the visit.
I wrote an article for Pen and Passport called Travel from a Luxury Hotel and Airline Lounge and it may well be that my deepest and most interesting conversations come from the Executive Lounge at the Hilton.
But I won’t spend the whole layover there…
Any thoughts are appreciated.
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