Hooked on Spas in Addis Ababa


Before I moved to Addis Ababa, I could count my visits to a spa on the unpolished toes of one calloused foot. Today, eight months later, my spa habit is fully formed. I’ve lost track of all the haircuts, styles, pedicures, and massages I’ve indulged in here. How did this happen? How did I get hooked? I trace my habit to the things I discovered about spas and salons in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Double Birthday Travel Plans: Morocco by Train


Chris and I both have holiday-season birthdays to celebrate, so we’re going big this year. We’ll be traveling by train from Madrid to Marrakesh, then exploring the medinas, mountains and dunes of Morocco from there. Why Morocco? The trip was inspired by Chris’s mom, who will be joining us on the adventure. She dreamed it up based on the 1969 hit song “Marrakesh Express”.

5 Items That Have Upgraded My Long-Term Travels


My style of travel is to move to a new country, then use that place as a homebase for exploring. When I moved to Ethiopia in May, I didn’t exactly pack light, but I packed smart for living abroad and taking shorter trips from here. These are a few recent, well-loved additions to my packing checklist:

An Impromptu Trip to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley


Today in the life of a travel trade gal – I’ve been invited to tag along on a fam trip to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley. The region is famous for its decorated tribes and bartering markets. My 4WD ride leaves early on Friday morning (36 hours from now!). I’ll be on the road and offline for 8 days. More details, photos, and stories to follow …

Away Message: I’m in Kenya on Safari


I will be away from my office in Addis Ababa from Saturday August 22 to Thursday August 27. Chris and I will be escaping the rainy weather with a trip to Kenya, Chris’s old Peace Corps stomping ground. We’re finally getting around to that thing people do in East Africa – a safari. We’ll be peering through binoculars on game drives through the Maasai Mara by day and retreating to tented camps by night.