We have used this book extensively during our several-month visit to Ethiopia. It contains good information, which has been useful and helpful.
Some things I would love to have improved in future editions:
- maps of Addis are really hard to come by. A REALLY good map of the city of Addis, taking several pages would be extremely helpful. Sure, you could use Google Maps, but have you noticed how terrible internet connections in Ethiopia tend to be?!
- a much more extensive, cross referenced index. The index of this book really lets it down. It is not extensive enough. It might take up several more pages to improve it, with more entries, but that would make the book so much more useful!
We have done the Northern Tour, and found the information about the different places and their sites to be very interesting. Especially in places like Axum, where myth and legend are presented as fact, the LP helped to keep our feet on the ground and heads out of the clouds, and to just enjoy the stories our guide presented for what they were: entertaining stories.
The shoe minder information for Lalibela (on tipping them) was very useful. We were ready to tip our shoe minder for her helpful service - three times we tried - but she refused each time. We think that she felt she was getting the benefit from us, by being allowed to spend a couple of hours with two very cute Western kids, one of whom has extremely blonde hair!
The information on museums in Addis was also useful, though some indication of opening days and hours, and entry prices (it wasn't included for all museum listings) would have been helpful. Public holidays meant that some we visited were closed, but LP gave us no indication of that.
Overall, a great book, with excellent information. Wouldn't have come here without it.