Right, Ethiopia is amazing! Here are a few points we’ve picked up on:
Can someone bring over a big bottle of Alcohol hand wash that Cathy (Eoghans girlfriend) will be leaving into the workshop?
Can someone pick up a Digital Video camera for Laura – it’s in the workshop. Pls bring in hand luggage
Can someone from each team bring an Irish flag?
Can everyone bring sticky pad hooks for the mossie nets? And bring a few extra for us!
It’ll be two per room most of the time.
Everyone has to bring at least 2 Camara t-shirts. There will be a lot of functions and other stuff we need to attend and the local ppl here know Camara so it helps to break the ice with them
Be prepared to meet the press on Monday, 7th July. Feyissa has a big reception organised, TV and print journalists will be there. Just have a quick look again at the website to know exactly how we are and what we’ll be doing.
Also, we will be asked to do some traditional Irish dancing – there is no way out of this and EVERYONE will HAVE to do it. It’ll be seen as an insult if we don’t. the good news is that no one really has a clue what traditional Irish dancing is so we can just spoof it!
Be prepared to go to work immediately – On Tuesday morning, we’ll be launching straight into a 4 day version of the basic course
Make sure your laptops and phones are fully charged before you leave. Electricity supply is pretty rough here – we’ve had countless blackouts and Eoghan has fried one of his phones already.
Pls be flexible!!
Mastercard doesn’t work in Addis ATMs though banks will give you cash at 6% commission
Don’t get annoyed!
Can everyone photocopy your passports again – we need them for the Irish Embassy
Make sure you have torches and candles
Make sure your phone is SIM unlocked and not just unblocked – to check this you need to get a SIM card from somebody on a different network
Can somebody bring a CD with either Irish dancing music or set-dancing music. We’re thinking the Siege of Limerick is probably the simplest routine to do
Pack all medical equipment and your laptop into your carry on luggage. If you can fit a change of clothes in there as well, it’s probably best. If you can’t afford to loose it, don’t put it in the hold!
Having said that, there is a 7kg limit on your hand luggage, enforced by Ethiopian Airlines. We weren’t checked but our flight was late to leave Heathrow. We think you’ll get away with up to 10kg.
On the flight over from Heathrow, try to sleep straight away after dinner is served. The stopover in Rome is bad enough but then, the air stewardesses will wake you a lot on the flight from Rome to Addis.
In fact, try to get as much sleep as possible on the flight, whenever you can
You’ll need to get surge protectors for any electrical equipment you have – these can be bought in Maplin, Peats, PC World, etc.
Be careful when you open pressurised containers in Addis or in Nazret for the first time – they’re likely to explode – in fact, I nearly took my eye out when I opened a roll-on deodourant and the ball popped out straight at my face!
Be prepared for drinking loads of water, the finest of coffees, and for meeting the friendliest people you can imagine. Everyone is so happy to see us and we’re all having a ball!