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... five bravest, but one hyena in particular was willing to come close enough for meat scraps, as we fed her scraps we snapped away at the unbelievable photo opportunity!
On our departure our guide warned us, "Don't be surprised if you see hyenas on the streets within the Old City walls...they run this town"
Outside of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, Harar is the fourth holiest Muslim city and holiest city in Africa. With it's 99 mosques and extensive history Alex and ...
... himself Emperor and changed his name) which was turned into a museum filled with less than interesting artifacts, headed to a coffee factory, the meat market where they butcher camels and hawks hover on the rooftop waiting for scraps, walked around the perimeter to see the 5 gates and some other markets in between. We grabbed a few beers to wait for full darkness to set in and the hyenas to make their way to the gates.
... famous as the birthplace of Ethiopian coffee (check it out at Starbucks) and is an ancient walled city. It is also the birthplace of Haile Selassie, who was Ethiopia's last emperor, ending in the mid 1960s. The city is very interesting, with some more modern buildings, but also many throwbacks to Biblical times. Inside the walled city there are no sanitation facilities, so you must be VERY vigilant were you step. In addition, and very sadly, ...
... many reasons, including the fact that people would rather grow chat than food because it is worth more money. The streets are literally covered in discarded chat and most of the streets are lined with men lying on the ground with a bag of chat chew-chew-chewing away.
After the sun fell it was time for the main event. There are two hyena “charmers” who collect scraps of camel meat and feed the wild hyenas that come in from ...
... the guide there was very funny.
On the third day I was getting a bit bored to say the truth and just walked up the hill to play some guitar in the old christian cemetery overlooking town.
Got a night bus back to Addis, we got stopped several times by the police that wanted to inspect our luggage for weapons and I had a long conversation with the guy sitting next to me trying to convert me to Christianity.. without much success..