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The Ethiopian Lounge at Addis Ababa Airport

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
5 Kudos
I had about an 8 hour layover in Addis Ababa between my flight coming in from Lalibela and when my flight left for North America that night. I first went into the city center for some exploration, but after a few hours I returned to the airport, at about 5:30. An advantaage of getting to the airport at that hour was absolutely zero lines at emigration or security. Since I was flying business class, I was able to go in the Ethiopian Airlines business class lounge. Since most of their flights aren't until later, I was the only passenger in the whole lounge. It's a pretty big lounge, too. The disadvantage of being there so early was that there was no hot food out yet, so I had to be content with some fruit and cheese and drinks. After reading and relaxing for a while, they eventually did put out their hot food, maybe around 7:30. They have a very nice buffet with several Ethiopian dishes, including doro wat, injera, lamb stew, and more. It was really great. A pretty nice place to kill a few hours before my flight.
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Bole International Airport
Bole International Airport
The airport is pretty close to the city center, so very convenient for going into the city on a short layover.


Ramada by Wyndham Addis Ababa
I had stayed at this hotel a couple days earlier before my early flight to Lalibela.

Points of interest

St. Marry Church
I walked around this nice orthodox church after visiting the museum.
St Gibi Gebriel
The final church that I walked by during my brief city visit.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
I walked by this large cathedral during my city exploration during my layover.
National Museum of Ethiopia (የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ሙዚየም)
Visiting the National Museum of Ethiopia was my main activity during my layover.

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