St George, my patron saint
Addis Ababa Travel Blog› entry 22 of 38 › view all entries
Marie and I arrived in Addis Ababa after two short flights ... from Sanaa to Djibouti then to Addis. First impressions were pretty good. Despite supposedly being more third world, it felt pretty clean and modern ... but this was late at night. Our first impressions were reinforced even in the daylight next day.
After breakfast, we took a taxi to St George Cathedral ... its namesake is the protector of Ethiopia; he slayed the dragon too. Admission was by ticket which included admission to the adjacent Cathedral museum (guide inclusive and compulsory).
After a mildly informative but rushed tour of both places, the guide offered some postcards for sale at an exorbitant price.
In all of my years of travel, even in tourism-spoilt India or Egypt ... I've never encountered such cheek! In our disgust, we left hurriedly and returned to the hotel after taking in lunch and a couple of Addis' other sights. At the hotel, we met someone who would be our friend for the rest of our stay ... the St George in a bottle.
On our second day, Christmas (Leddet) according to the Coptic calendar just slipped past ... we couldn't find any information on how or where it would be celebrated. Inshaallah, Epiphany (Timkat) will be more colourful as it is more important in Ethiopia.