New Year at the Sheraton, Addis.

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The first thing you’ll probably notice when you walk into the Sheraton in Addis is that the air feels different. By which I mean, it’s perfect, in contrast to the hot/cold fluctuations outside. But you might be distracted by the ostentatious nature of the entire place; the grand entry, the secludedness, the way you instantly forget you’re in the developing world. Which, I believe, is the central aim of most of the patrons here.

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Arrival: Addis

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We landed after midnight. Our first welcome back to Africa was negotiating down an exorbitant taxi fee to our hotel, which as it turned out was not our hotel. But we didn’t find that our until morning. Travel delirious, we slept almost until noon on our first day in Addis.

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