January, 2002 Greetings from Africa! The Africa story starts with the six-day ordeal it took to get here.  I had planned a three-day stop in Singapore on my way to Tanzania, but I never realized until the last minute that my ticket also included a day and a half layover in Bangkok, which was then supplemented by an unplanned overnight in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.   Singapore is a very first-world city, clean and modern, with great restaurants and hotels (which I could not afford), and as long you as don’t get yourself thrown in jail for chewing gum on the street you can have a pleasant stay there.  I, however, managed to check myself into a backpacker’s hostel that had urine stains on the walls and rat turds under the bed, where I shared a double room the size of a closet with a drunk Canadian man…