I hate to even write this, but I ended up seeing a lot less of Addis Ababa than I originally planned. Blame jetlag and my weak stomach.
Sunday night I flew from Burbank to San Francisco to Chicago, then connected to Toronto Thursday morning. I got no sleep.
At the Park Hyatt Toronto, I slept for only five hours because I had too much work to accomplish before my 13-hour flight to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines without internet. Both Award Expert and Live and Let’s Fly require internet, so I was up before 5am getting everything sorted before the 11am flight.
The plan was to catch up on sleep on the flight to ADD, but unfortunately the morning departure coupled with the lack of lie-flat seating made sleep very difficult. When the plane landed in Addis, I had managed no sleep on the flight and was exhausted.
I proceeded to the transit counter to pick-up my hotel voucher and 20 minutes later was on my way to the Hilton. Upon arrival at the Hilton, I had some breakfast…then crashed.
Six hours later I awoke, by alarm, and almost rolled over and went back to sleep. But my stomach would not let me. The Ethiopian food was very spicy onboard the Toronto to Addis flight and frankly not something I ever eat at home. It seems it will take some acclimation to get my stomach used to it. I spent an extended period in the bathroom…
The day was passing fast. Emails were coming in by the dozens. Blog posts needed to be edited and formatted. Sighing, I made the choice to remain in the hotel room. After answering every client and prepping my blog, I only had a few hours left before my next flight.
I worked out, had dinner, and returned to the airport. I had to photograph the lounge and try to be the first onboard my flight to Bangkok to capture pictures of the cabin.
The only part of Addis Ababa I saw ended up being the view from my room—
and the drive to/from the airport.
I’m sad that I essentially saw nothing during my 17-hour layover in Addis Ababa. At the same time, I have no regrets over what I did. I needed the sleep and the work had to get done. This was not vacation…I travel far too often to justify going sightseeing when there remains critical unfinished work.
So, I’ll have to come back…