Travel Tease: Africa
Before coming to Saudi, I thought to myself: WOW! I’m going to be nestled right beside the African continent. I’ll have the opportunity to check out this fascinating mass of land that I’ve barely ever stepped upon.
Back in ’04, I managed to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, into Tangiers, Morocco, where I passed about eight hours. I was there with the person I was living with at the time. For her, the experience was an unpleasant culture shock. This ex-girlfriend felt uncomfortable and wanted to head back to Europe. Because I was enamored with Spain and her, I was completely content to go back, although, I was fully in the mood to explore Morocco.
Besides that day in Tangiers eight years ago, I’d never been to Africa or any of its 54 lands.
Now I’m sitting in my Saudi hotel with a two week break thanks to Hajj or the pilgrimage.
Recently, I booked a RT ticket from Riyadh to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The direct flight takes less than three hours and cost $427 RT on Expedia. I was slated to travel in Ethiopia for the two week break.
There were confusing visa circumstances that I’d thought I’d researched thoroughly before purchasing this affordable and non-refundable ticket. It was then deemed that if I’d gone, I’d potentially be overstaying my multiple entry visa in the kingdom. I don’t want to bore you with the circumstances. The situation is complicated even though it shouldn’t be.
To make a long story short, to play it safe with my visa status in this land where I’m now working, I managed to salvage a day and a half in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa. Because my ticket allowed me to change the dates, the best I could manage was to spend a day and a half in Addis.
I’ve just returned. It was surely better than nothing and there’s a bit to come on that. But, like on the day in Tangiers eight years ago, I feel teased by the great African continent yet again.
Have you ever been teased by travel?