Hotel Asmara Palace
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At breakfast we met a couple from Bandera , Texas where we had gone on a city slicker trip years ago. We walked into town, walked back, forgot euros, another country, different currency. Found Bus 119 To Bad Doberan, BUT got off wrong stop. 3K from our destination in the outskirts, no one spoke English, we finally got a general direction and a biker gave us a short cut through a beautiful park, monastery from the 1100's, wedding , a memorable detour. We ...
He came in and washed his face in my bathroom, then I told him I was going to rest and he awkwardly bolted.
I walked around town a little, looking for food.
Shire is a town tourists stop in only when they have to, so all the menus are in Amharic and no one speaks English so it was tough to find food.
I tried to order foods I know are ...
... the most famous Rock Hewn Church, a monk came on handing out small plastic bag pouches with bits of rock inside.
The woman beside me made sure I crossed myself, then encouraged me to eat a little of the rock.
(I've since found out it's holy rock from the church, and you keep it as good luck and eat it as you need to, for spiritual support)
When I got to Axum I bargained hard for a tuk-tuk at a reasonable rate (he started ...
... lack of road experience makes them highly susceptible to motion sickness. To make matters worse, we had a mother with two young kids in front of us. As already learned, we prepared ourselves for them to be sick repeatedly. With only two plastic bags, the mother quickly found herself empty handed and nothing to comfort her kids from hurling. Next best option - open the window. Unlucky for me - I was downwind, by the end of the trip the kids had puked ...
Aksum is the most important city for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians as they believe that the Ark of the Covenant that holds Moses 10 Commandments was bought from Jerusalem and is kept in a small chapel in the grounds of St. Mary of Zion church. (Other Christians believe it is still in Jerusalem). Whatever the truth, Antonella a Catholic, was keen to seen the building in which it was stored. However, unfortunately foreigners were not allowed to ...