What are aspects of a paid tour that make it memorable or worth doing?
Before I went on a mini-Instagram hiatus, I was talking about how i signed up for a 3 day tour in Ethiopia, but had no idea what the itinerary was.
On the second day of the tour I didn't see much, but it was still one of my favorites, and definitely a day I won't forget.
The main attraction on day two was Lake Afrera, a salt lake, which is pictured here. I enjoyed hanging out in the water since it felt like a warm bath, but there was nothing spectacular about this lake.
Will I remember this lake in 10 years? I doubt it (although I'll probably remember the pain when I rubbed my eyes while in the water. Note: salt lakes are very salty, do not use salty hands to wipe your eyes)
So why would the second day of the tour be memorable, if all I did was drive all day and see a mediocre lake?
Keep swiping to the right for the answer. It's because of my tour guide and driver who ended up becoming my friends.
At the end of the second day, I was the only tourist left on my tour. We stayed in a small city, Abala. It was a lot of fun to hang out with my guides for the night. I tried Khat 🌿 for the first time (a plant stimulant) The Khat didn't sit well with my stomach, so the driver suggested I drink ouzo to make my stomach feel better. After several shots of ouzo and some beers I completely forgot about my nausea and instead just drank 🍺 , laughed 😆, and danced 🕺🏾 with my guides at the local pub (which maybe had 10 people inside). We stayed out until midnight and had to wake up at 4 am the next day.
I'll remember this experience because it was very local and unique (I was the only foreigner in the area).
Leave a comment:
-about a memorable, unique experience on a tour.
-if you've ever tried Khat
-if you believe shots of ouzo helps digestion 😉