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... Zanzibar 25 years ago; cobble stone roads,bike & car free, and daily markets, but
unlike Zanzibar, hyenas run this town!
For any adventurous traveler, Harar provides the opportunity to chew Khat, sip the original 'cup of Joe' and feed wild hyenas. On our first night Alex and I met the Hyena Men, a family who has habituated a pack of wild hyenas. Located outside the city walls tourists can experience the ultimate close encounter and hand feed hyenas. Here Alex and I ...
... he gave an introduction about the traditional Adare houses that we were staying in, pointing out all the things hanging on the walls and the six different levels of seating based on how important/intelligent/respected you are. Once we got out into city the first thing that stood out is how everyone chews chat, the city is packed with people and it was really dirty. We visited the house of Ras Tafari (where he grew up before ...
... to Dire Dawa, but we must fly from Lalibela to Gonder (we are reminded of Lord of the Rings…), then on to Addis Ababa. We have a two hour layover in Addis, then fly to Diri Dawa, arriving in time to make the hour and a half drive to Harar.
Dire Dawa is on the arid plain, and much drier and hotter than Lalibela. As we ascend to Harar, we gain almost 2,000 feet and the temperature cools down dramatically, and gets much more humid. ...
... of the most memorable rides I have ever taken.
In the afternoon we went on a tour of the Harar old city. It is an ancient walled city, quite reminiscent of Fez in Morocco, which has over 350 small winding alleyways and streets. The chewing of chat is an epidemic in this region. Chat is a mildly narcotic leaf that is widely grown in the region. Just about all of the people here, especially men, sit around chewing it and getting high. It is a ...
... a stick with meat on it in my mouth and got the hyena to eat it.
It was quite a cool experience and we finished the evening drinking some sweet honey wine (tej) that brought us down to earth again.
The next day I went to visit Harars highlights, Rimbauds and RasTafaris house as well as the Harari brewery, constructed by the Czechs in Mengistus times and bought later from Heineken that exports the beer apparently also to Europe, nice ...