This is mine and Tim’s blog (but mostly mine!) for you all to read when you want to know what we’ve been up to! We’ll be living in Addis Ababa for the next wee while – it’s in Ethioipa, for anyone who doesn’t know! Addis is the capital city but also a state of Ethiopia and is located just left of the very middle of the country when you look at it on a map. Ethiopia is the in “horn” of Africa – that’s on the far eastern side of the African continent. But you can look at the picture below to figure it out if you don’t already know. To get to Addis from New Zealand, you take a flight to via Dubai or Cairo. Then you take a flight from Dubai to Bole International Airport in Addis.
Those wanting to come visit us (please do!!!) must get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. It’s around $65 and it means you will not only be protected against it, but also countries like the States and Australia will let you back in! If you don’t get the vaccination, countries like these won’t let you in. Addis is waaay about sea level: 2355m. Unless you are going into the low lands, you needn’t get vaccinated against Malaria. The Lonely Planet Guide and various travel doctors say you are safe if you are above 2000m. You only need rabies if you intend on staying for an extended period of time or if you will be spending a lot of time outside, or if you will be exposed to bats. Cholera is recommended: it’s only a drink so no needles! And it’s about $40 a dose. My nurse recommended me this site for advice on what vaccines to get.