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Castles...in Ethiopia?, Gonder, Ethiopia travel blog

Castles...in Ethiopia?

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Today has some serious history packed into it.  We will be exploring the royal compound (home of King Fasilada), the Debra Berhan Selassie Church, King Fasilada's bath, Empress Metewab's castle complex.  Won't go into much detail.  If ...

Gotcha Day, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Gotcha Day

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... that they work with, and many children not in orphanages.  All in all there are millions of children needing homes in Ethiopia.   We meet with the Operations Manager.  Now here is a man how has a heart for what he's doing.  ...

A religious experience, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia travel blog

A religious experience

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... to see the different landforms that are here.  Again, I've got to get this dry, desolate image of Ethiopia out of my head!   We traveled over beautiful mountainous terrain around switchback curves seeing little mountaintop ...

Adventures in Flight IV, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia travel blog

Adventures in Flight IV

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Back in Bahir Dar I awoke early to the sound of prayers and birds.  A beautiful sunrise over Lake Tana I couldn't resist taking some photos of fishers in papyrus boats again.  Shuffled onto a bus before I could finish my morning coffee ...

Adventures in Flight III, Lalibela, Ethiopia travel blog

Adventures in Flight III

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Waiting...We were told to be at the Lalibela airport 2 hours before our flight, only to find that it was delayed 1/2 hr.  Since this is the only flight of the day, there's no reason to rush, right?  More realistically, it was delayed 45 min or ...

Adventures in Flight II, Aksum, Ethiopia travel blog

Adventures in Flight II

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Pretty similar to the last airport, but with a few more interesting tidbits.  Grant gave an American Dollar as a tip to someone who helped with our bags (you have to work very hard NOT to get help whether you want it or not) so as not to ...

Gob smacked in Lalibella, Lalibella, Ethiopia travel blog

Gob smacked in Lalibella

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... at the real price from a local shop - they are definately used to rich tourists here as the number one tourist destination in Ethiopia. The hike went to the Asheton Monastery that was carves out of a cliff face. Above the monastery we got some stupendous ...

Gonder part 2 - Christmas all over again, Gonder, Ethiopia travel blog

Gonder part 2 - Christmas all over again

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... and I was spared any further bruising! Met Steven and Nat that evening for a few beers and food. I think I mentioned before that Ethiopia is on a different calendar - well today (Jan 7th) is Christmas day! No turkey and stuffing but went to a ...

Bahir Dar - Pelican Central, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia travel blog

Bahir Dar - Pelican Central

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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After about 24 hours and plenty of complementary London Pride on the BA flight I finally made it to Bahir Dar on the edge of Lake Tana. I tried to ignore the burned out plane just off the runway at Addis Ababa. The scenery was fantastic from Addis, a ...

Fleeced in Aksum, Aksum, Ethiopia travel blog

Fleeced in Aksum

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... government was recommending. Oh well we lived to tell another day. We stopped at Yeha on the way home, the site of Ethiopia's first capital build back in the 8th C BC! The remains of one building we amazingly still standing, its stones fitting ...

Simien Mountains - Sure beats working!, Debark, Ethiopia travel blog

Simien Mountains - Sure beats working!

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... good job really as by the end of the trip the bus was packed to the rafters. Totally illegal of course as everyone in Ethiopia must have a seat! I had decided against the all inclusive package from Gonder and decided to go it alone. Debark was a bit of ...

An Archaeologist's Dream - Axum, Aksum, Ethiopia travel blog

An Archaeologist's Dream - Axum

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... , so we could not read them.   Next door was Queen Mary's church was a re-make of one of the largest in Ethiopia - fitting over 3000 people at once!  The acoustics were incredible in here, and true to form, the walls were covered with ...

'Happy Anniversary' from 12000+km, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

'Happy Anniversary' from 12000+km

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... Ethiopian coffee ceremony by the owner of the guest house.  As I coffee lover, I couldn't wait to try the REAL stuff (Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee) and the ceremony is likened to an Asian tea ceremony in the ritual.   From the ...

What a difference a mile makes, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

What a difference a mile makes

A travel blog entry by the-rambler

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... towards the border with Eritrea. Kassala, unique in that it is full of Eritrean refugees escaped from their country’s conflict with Ethiopia. Five roadblocks to get there. The final one requests a copy of the travel permit. None left. Force the bus ...

to the Garden of Eden, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia travel blog

to the Garden of Eden

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... hotel.  Lush palm lined roads and colourful singing tropical birds everywhere!  Could not believe that this is the dry, dusty Ethiopia that we have been conditioned to think of.  This is the garden of eden!  Outside our hotel is on ...

No, I can't get you work in England..., Harar, Ethiopia travel blog

No, I can't get you work in England...

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... cathinone, a natural amphetamine which produces a high after prolonged chewing. It is similar to Kenya's miraa. It originates from Ethiopia, and Harar is allegedly Tchat Central. This is probably due to Islam becoming the prominent religion as you head ...

When it rains, it pours, Awassa, Ethiopia travel blog

When it rains, it pours

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... sky was dramatic after the storm. We were joined by the girls for a while - we chatted about our respective views and experiences of Ethiopia, as well as where we were going next. They left us to observe the matron-like lady who seems to run the ...

Madman at the market, Awassa, Ethiopia travel blog

Madman at the market

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... problem, the bus tickets were - we were told just to rack up tomorrow morning early - and the internet is off all over Ethiopia apparently. We also checked out the market, which turned out to be very good, all muddy and authentic. We could have bought ...

To Lalibela, Lalibela, Ethiopia travel blog

To Lalibela

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... . Tchat is a plant - the leaves are chewed into a paste and have an amphetamine-like effect. Our driver does runs across Ethiopia with his cargo and drives non-stop, surviving on tchat and very little else. He also had a cassette collection, which he ...

'Fuck you' kids and hyenas, Harar, Ethiopia travel blog

'Fuck you' kids and hyenas

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... the bus station to acquire bus tickets to Nazret for tomorrow. When they are not in use as such, the bus stations in Ethiopia are often gathering grounds for hawkers and animals. Mainly goats, drawn to the piles of tchat leftovers. As we saw ...

Addis - back to normal, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Addis - back to normal

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... with the goats on the roof. They were all clinging on for dear life. Something we had been warned about before coming to Ethiopia was stone-throwing. We've not had any problems - the only things Ethiopians seem to throw stones at are cows, goats and ...

Mercato in the rain, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Mercato in the rain

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... about another route south. We don't want to stay in Shashemene, since it's meant to be one of the worst towns in Ethiopia for travellers. All the stone-throwing stories seem to originate here, and even Philip Briggs warns you off it. Instead we'll ...

Adventures in Flight I, Gonder, Ethiopia travel blog

Adventures in Flight I

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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I am thoroughly enjoying our short little flights in tiny airports here.  It's refreshing to see how things can be done differently than the super-high security and formality of NA.  Today our passports were checked at the road before even ...

Election mayhem, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Election mayhem

A travel blog entry by izzie

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... pause and then the penny belatedly drops. "No, get lost!" It might be worth mentioning here that the link between Rastafarianism and Ethiopia is largely one-way. Weed is illegal. I didn't sleep well again - maybe it was due to the rock hard ...

Words of the True King, Stretch Forth Your Hands Unto Jah, Ethiopia travel blog

Words of the True King

A travel blog entry by cpricci

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"As noted in your agenda, you are to consider the problem of peace, because the world today is facing a great dilemma:  the catastrophical weapons which are the result of human ingenuity, menace the world to the point of annihilation, ...

Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela, Ethiopia travel blog

Churches of Lalibela

A travel blog entry by izzie

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Day the Seventh - in which we eat, sleep and breathe churches. And then argue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oooh a lie in! Predictably, my throat is bad again. Up at 7am and off to the churches. Antoneh was our guide, saving us the hassle of getting one. We ...

Ethiopia Summary, Moyale, Ethiopia travel blog

Ethiopia Summary

A travel blog entry by izzie

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Distance travelled in Ethiopia and so far in Africa - 3415km We actually spent 19 whole days in Ethiopia. We spent, on average, 1.5 nights and less than 1 day in each place. We travelled an average of 180km per day, all on public ...

Jahful Greetings from Aethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Jahful Greetings from Aethiopia

A travel blog entry by cpricci

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... Tanzania and Kenya wanted. Apparently Kenya will ask me for a new visa even though it says three months. They don't consider Ethiopia part of "East Afrika." I'll have just enough USD to make it through. I changed some travelers checks into Birr. They ...

Zion City, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia travel blog

Zion City

A travel blog entry by cpricci

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... land that resisted all of its invaders. Tolkien died two years before the throne was lost to "socialists." One thing that makes Ethiopia stand out is the spirituality of the people. They know they live in the place known as both Eden and Zion. This ...

Gonder - Camelot of Africa, Gonder, Ethiopia travel blog

Gonder - Camelot of Africa

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... and some cool black and white storks with bright orange beaks. Went to a church that was described as one of the treasures of Ethiopia for it's paintings, Debre Barhan Selassi Church. They didn't open when they should have. I arrived and I was alone, I ...

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