The view from the gate and toward Ethiopian Airlines Flight 501 at Washington DC's Dulles International. I've been invited to sit on a panel and report from the high-level International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The five-day ICASA 2011 begins Sunday, December 4. Then a few days of R&R in Kenya before returning.
The trip is sponsored by ICASA and the Ethiopian government. It's truly an honor to be recognized for my reporting on HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues across the Black Diaspora. I'll also be reporting for one of the European news outlets from ICASA.
The fun part: The Boeing 777 flies non-stop to Addis Ababa in about 13 hours! Plus: Ethiopia is 8 hours ahead of the US East Coast. I'll likely be offline for the next two days from transit and jetlag. R20 will pick up some speed later Sunday.