THE MOST USEFUL ETHIOPIA TRAVEL TIPS Part 2: Vaccinations, Toilets, Water, Language, And More

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so in this second part
of my super useful travel tips for Ethiopia I’m gonna talk about toilets
showers laundry vaccinations language and useful gear to have and make sure
you watch you through to the vaccination part because I found a super useful
travel hack to get a cheap yellow fever vaccine. if you’re tuning in and you
haven’t watched the first part then make sure you click the link above or in the
description to get to it and that’s where we talked about things such as phone,
internet, VPN, customs, cheap flights, as well as a flight nightmare story I had alright next let’s talk about toilets. so
you’ll find western-style toilets in pretty much most hotels but squat
toilets are pretty much the norm if you travel through Ethiopia and you
don’t encounter a squat toilet then you likely haven’t gone deep enough into the
country. I am in a basic open-air toilet right now that’s supported by the UN
apparently but the open air keeps the smell out. And also sometimes in hotels beside
the toilet, you’ll see a few two-liter pop bottles full of water and this is
when the water shuts off or there’s like water shortage, then you have something
to flush the toilet with. And of course the last tip as when traveling to most countries, bring your own TP because you’ll need it either to wipe or to pat yourself dry
after using the little bucket of water next, showers and laundry. you’ll find hot
showers in the hotel. so sometimes electricity is kind of intermittent you
may have to deal with the cold showers. if you’ve really gone off the beaten path then you’ll likely encounter cold showers. I got hot water but you know I
don’t always have hot water because electricity cuts out. Cold showers
aren’t the norm but I have some of them once in a blue moon. As
for laundry I never encountered a laundromat in Ethiopia. I had to hand wash and because a lot of Ethiopia is in a hot dusty mountainous region, my clothes
got pretty dirty also the dust and dirt really did a
number on my shirt and my scarf especially my scarf
see how white normal white should be Look at the sheets sheets. So I just got back from a week of trekking and riding so I’m washing what I consider it the
dirtiest of my durtues clothes. so as you can see the water is pretty darn brown okay round two isn’t much better so I think I’ll give it a few rinses before I can add detergent. round three. round
five. oh my gosh it didn’t work the water is browner than ever skipped a recording there, but it doesn’t
matter because the water is still brown. I’m killing itself trying to wash this Splitting it up. okay next let’s talk
about vaccinations so you don’t really need any vaccinations for Ethiopia
though you can get the common ones such such as Hep A and B, typhoid, yellow fever is kind of recommended but it’s useful for the neighboring countries. so here’s an
interesting tip. I needed yellow fever for Tanzania I got an advanced one back at home in Canada it costed me $100 just to get a yellow fever vaccination that was
only good for one year because the doctor told me that there’s a shortage
of yellow fever vaccinations. however once I arrived in Addis Ababa
I called up the Korean hospital to ask about a yellow fever vaccination and
they were able to offer the vaccination that’s good for ten years for about
twenty dollars so if you want to get your yellow fever vaccination then get
it Addis Ababa. so I didn’t find that there were enough mosquitoes in Ethiopia
to warrant a yellow fever vaccination however I did find that many of the
hotels I stayed at, one or two mosquitoes would somehow make their way into the
rooms and it would just ruin my life because I’ll be sleeping and you can
just hear them flying around. I’m kind of a light sleeper it was really
annoying. So if possible try to book a hotel room that has mosquito netting.
many of the owners will say that you don’t need them because there’s no
mosquitoes. in that case then I recommend that you carry some part of mosquito
that meshing to at least cover your face while you’re sleeping
okay next food I really hope that you would like the open food because it’s
awesome there’s just so much to talk about food that I can’t put it into this
episode so I’m definitely gonna make a separate episode for it, but quickly to
to summarize besides the local food, beer is cheap and abundant, wine is more
expensive and not particularly good and coffee is everywhere though for some
foreigners you might find that Ethiopian coffee (buna) is maybe a bit strong
or a bit tougher to drink but just give it a chance to try to get used to it. if
not they can still make it western-style in certain cafes. okay so
next language I got my amharic chart here. the official language in Ethiopia
is Amharic however there are so many dialects and local languages in Ethiopia
that trying to learn them all is impossible. As for Amharic, one of the
most complicated words is the word for thank you “ah meh seh gu nalo” most people give up on learning the language because of this
tongue twister but the rest of the language isn’t as bad so you can
definitely learn some basic phrases. so many signs are Amharic as well as English you don’t have to learn to read Amaharic but when pronouncing it, it’s a good idea
to pronounce all the words neutrally. so for example the national staple food is
“injera” not “inJEra” which unfortunately many people mispronounce so if you want Ethiopians to understand you and make sure you pronounce Amharic neutrally, so
finally I like to finish off with some small gear tips that useful in Ethiopia
so first some repair here. for electronics it’s okay so if you need the
camera repaired on your phone, USB cable, or battery for an Android phone, or a
charger. you’ll be able to find in addis ababa but for small repairs on the road,
I recommend carrying a small roll of Gorilla Tape as well I carried this
really strong industrial glue. this is JB weld but I prefer carrying
the glue that’s connected in one tube cuz this got pretty messy as you can see.
again I’ll leave the links for these items in the description if you’re going
to do any volunteering work I recommend you carry the big roll of Gorilla Tape
or even a clear one because the schools that I was helping out at, there was just a lot of broken little things, the windows are all cracked and just little things that you
really want to like try to fix. so for example my shotgun mic broke on the road, but I was able to repair it using glue and the tape. and I remember the pot that
used to cook with the handles were just steel so they got hot, so I was able to create
pot holders using the tape. so another thing I brought along because I’m kind
of a tree hugger is this LifeStraw bottle. i also boiled a lot of water and
only used this about quarter of the time I know many people aren’t fans of
drinking tap water, it feels kind of risky but like I said, I survived without
any issues. okay next dust masks. I found these really useful because in
Ethiopia you’ll be riding the Bajaj or tuk tuks quite a bit outside of Addis
Ababa and it’s pretty dusty so these come in handy
One of the caveats of riding a bajaj is that we’re going to be going through the
dust trail with open windows and a lot of sand flying around
Wow, this dust mass is actually coming in super useful because it’s offering great
sun protection for my face. And if you get a sore throat either from the dry air or if
just from catching a cold, then I find that wearing a dust mask to recirculate
some humidity will give you much more relief than taking lozenges which is
kind of hard to get in Ethiopia anyways Oh, there’s one more thing I forgot to mention – Aeropress So if you’re staying in Ethiopia longer then it’s an Aeropress is a good idea to have because I didn’t live near a coffee shop and like I mentioned, the coffee is fantastic. so if you love your coffee and you want to have one in the morning right away then bringing along an Aeropress is a good idea and of course you need to have a kettle where you’re staying hey thanks for watching, I hope this video helps you in your journey to Ethiopia don’t forget to click like because it really helps, subscribe if you haven’t because I am positive I have way more tips coming out of Ethiopia and don’t forget to leave a comment for things you would like to see. hi my name is Jesse and I’m on a quest to face all my fears and learn as many skills as possible


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