On the plane, Jacob and I sat together in a row but it didn't have a window-and Adam sat in front of us next to a man from Nairobi Kenya, who worked for Freedom Force International and was going home after a conference. He was super nice and Adam and him chatted a lot during the flight. We loved his accent! (side note-when we got back to America, he had called Adam's work phone because they had exchanged info. to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving and it was a cool message and very sweet). So the flight went OK, it was long, but not nearly as bad as I expected. Flying Ethiopian air was NEAT because all of the stewardesses were African and it was fun to hear them speak and just be there in a plane almost full of Africans. When you wanted to go to the bathroom, you did have to wait about 10 minutes, but that was OK. The food was good I guess, not wonderful, but not horrible. They fed us a lot-pretty much just as I would get to sleep, they would come around and it was a meal time. :-)
Boot of Italy
Airplane dinner Yummy-sometimes!
Arriving at Addis Ababa Bole Airport
When we arrived in Ethiopia-I was just overcome-we were actually the first people off the plane-I was actually the first person that disembarked because the door just happened to be right by where we were sitting. I got a little teary as I walked off and we met a lady that works for Ethiopian air and she led us down the corridor and into the airport and pointed us in the right direction to go get in what we were surprised to see was a short line that was for people getting a visa (this allows you to be in the country for a certain amount of time and to leave the country when you depart). This was a bizarre experience as it was a small but long room and there were about 5 people sitting behind what looked like long lunch room tables. All they had was a pen, and a small carbon copy book that they hand wrote your receipt and took a crisp $20 bill (they only want like new bills and that were newer than 2006). They looked at our passport and sent us on our way-no computer, nothing but the pad and a calculator.
Out Front of Bole Airport
Our baby Powder Blue bathroom-it smelled like a sewer-that seeped up from the floor drain(the 80 degree room didn't help this), and as an added bonus didn't have a shower curtain-but hey, at least we had a shower AND our toilet flushed!!