The A to Z Journey

Visiting every country in the world, one step at a time

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Discovering Djibouti

From hitch-hiking in the back of jeeps of drug peddlers, to exploring one of the most bizarre and arid landscapes, to visiting the world's largest salt reserve which is a whopping 155 metres below sea level, read about my adventures in Djibouti - a tiny country in a forgotten corner of the world.

Adventures in the ancient walled city of Harar, Ethiopia

My unexpected adventures in the ancient-walled city of Harar, in Eastern Ethiopia. From eating Fetira on the streets, to bumping into friendly locals in the maze of alleyways, and ending up staying in the store room / outhouse of a local family, Harar was definitely my most memorable part of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia – Addis, Lalibela and Bahir Dar

Since it was established in the 19th century by Emperor Menelik, Addis has had the feel of a mystical portal to an ancient world. Addis Ababa, meaning ‘New Flower’ in Amharic, is sprawling, bustling, and blessed with an agreeable climate and cloudless blue skies for 75% of the year (it's the 3rd highest capital in the world). Read more about my...

Uganda: Outside the Capital

I opened my eyes as we were crawling up the hills. Winding through an intense fog blanket, I could start to see hints of sunrise. Almost two hours had passed since we set off from Kabale town at 5:30AM with Alex in the driver's seat. We were almost at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - by Uganda's southwestern border with the Congo. This was a...

Uganda: Kampala

I'd been warned by multiple people about Kampala's dangers as a solo traveller, especially after dark. Before I left Rwanda, people had me believe that phone snatching, pick-pockets, thieves, bag-slashings and muggings were all too common in Kampala. So I was prepared to just stay in the guest house on my first day, since I arrived in the evening...

Rwanda: Outside the Capital

As I continued to read, I learnt more about Rwanda's beautiful lakes. I've also been magnetised by the enigma that is the Congo. So after a few days in Kigali, I headed west to Lake Kivu, which dominates the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo - the closest I could safely go (an Ebola breakout with WHO advisories meant crossing the...

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