Kalantha Brewis just sent me the following note:
“I just came back from my first trip to Ethiopia- a week long semi-work stay in Addis. I really enjoyed Ethiopia- found the people very friendly and the food good. But I spent the whole time struggling to breathe! I am not asthmatic and I don’t usually suffer from hayfever- so I think it must have been the pollution- walking round Addis gave me a really bad headache, and I was very much aware of the belching exhausts on all the cars and buses. The dust- mentioned in your guidebook- also made me cough almost incessantly. Pretty sure it wasn’t the altitude as I felt fine up in the much cleaner (and higher) areas I visited outside the city. A US colleague said she had the same trouble when she visited in February. I think its worth mentioning in your guide as anyone who does have a bit of respiratory trouble generally would be very well advised to consider what their strategy is going to be (e.g. only stay 2 or 3 days in Addis before finding somewhere less choking?)”
It would be useful to hear from other readers who have had this problem – and whether they have any advice for coping with it!