In two and a half hours, I’ll be done with class and officially on spring break until May 1. In 12 hours, I’ll be waking up and on my way to Egypt! Hebrew University students are taking advantage of the break in all kinds of ways- traveling to Thailand, Greece, Jordan, hiking through northern Israel, or getting ahead on schoolwork. I have chosen to return to Egypt for a little over a week, and then fly to Ethiopia for the remaining days of break.
Almost all of the Cairo evacuees are returning to Egypt for the break- we’re all curious to go back and see how things have changed. It’ll give us a chance to do all of the things that we missed out on during the evacuation process, like properly saying goodbye to friends, buying souvenirs, and visiting favorite sites one last time. I’m planning on spending some time in Dahab, a beachy town in the Sinai that’s basically a less-touristy Sharm al-Sheikh, before moving onto Cairo. This will all be done over land, via bus- we’ll ride from Jerusalem to Eilat, then Taba to Dahab, and finally Dahab to Cairo, if all goes according to plan. I’m pretty sure this is the closest you can get to a Middle Eastern road trip.
From there, a couple of friends and I will be flying to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for about a week. The decision to go there basically centered around two main qualifications: Where can we fly from Cairo, and what’s cheap? The cost disqualified most of Europe, revolutions ruled out most of North Africa, I had already been to Morocco, and the Israel stamp in our passports ruled out Lebanon. I’ve also already made plans to go to Jordan in the beginning of May. The final choice came down to India and Ethiopia- we finally figured that you need much more than a week to properly visit India, so Ethiopia it is! We’re hoping to visit some ancient ruins, the Blue Nile waterfalls, and a few villages, but we’ll see where our adventure ends up taking us.
So, I’ll be traversing over northeastern Africa with a backpack and a few friends for the next couple of weeks. Until next time, shalom Israel, salam ‘alekum Egypt, and teanaste’lle’n Ethiopia!