Traveling solo in July, I was apprehensive about walking around by myself. I never went out at night alone and I walked around alone once during the day and was not able to find my way to where I wanted to go. Not only were the streets confusing but I received a lot of attention walking around with stares and people calling out. This may be because I was in Addis during low season and I saw very few foreigners walking around. I never feared for my safety but many people held out their hands begging once they saw me. And two kids followed me and pestered me for money and would not leave me alone. That was the last time I tried to walk around on my own.
This is where my local guide came in handy. Genet Mengistu is a student at a tourism college and she’s a great guide and companion. She doesn’t have a car so we took public transport around the city, which was a wonderful local experience. She also helped me bargain when souvenir shopping. I highly recommend her services. She charges $8 for less than 5 hours; $6 if more than 5 hours; and even less if for more than 1 day.
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