Hey y'all! In another thread I asked about Buenos Aires Or São Paulo? (by KingFriday013 May 18 2012 in Non Aviation) (or Rio!) and settled on Buenos Aires; now I am stepping back a few stops and I need your advice for the Africa stop!
The cities I'm considering are Addis Ababa (ADD), Nairobi (NBO), or Tunis (TUN). Here's what the routings would look like:
...-BOM-NBO-ADD-AMS (via KRT but w/o leaving the plane)-CGN-CDG-EZE-NYC
One of the reasons I'm interested in Addis Ababa is because of the interesting story of Judaism in Ethiopia, and it would be interesting to see where that all began (although most live in Israel now). I still think it would be interesting because it's supposed to be very diverse and have a lot of museums and things like that. I also like that the routing will allow me to spend if anything at least a few hours in AMS without having to pay to make a side-trip.
Nairobi is known as the safari capital of Africa, and it offers a very modern, large city that is easy to get around. If I went to ADD, I would only have an hour or so in NBO if schedules do not change, so I can't really visit NBO and ADD on the same trip without making a separate excursion. There is also currently a travel advisory for Kenya, but the situation could change in a year or two (for better or for worse).
Finally, there's Tunis. Tunis has an exciting and very long history and its northern location, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, differentiates it from my other two possibilities. It would allow me access to the Sahara desert which would be cool; I also noticed I can rent a car there (although Hertz doesn't have Gold Canopy service, and I wouldn't say rentals are exactly cheap, with a "Fiat Uno" available for 51 EUR per day)! On the other hand, there is also a travel advisory for Tunisia (which again could change in the future).
So, what do you think? ADD, NBO, or TUN? They each have exciting advantages of their own. Unless the situations deteriorate in Kenya and/or Tunisia, I really don't think there's a possibility of going wrong with any of these three cities. Do any one of these cities truly shine more than others though (not necessarily literally!)? Also, as you may have assumed, I am Jewish, so I also want to consider if any of these three places are less friendly towards Jews than the others.
Thanks again for your advice