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... That’s probably sacrilegious as many people here still genuinely believe that angels did most of the hard work.
I was quite happy without a guide as it prompts me to read a lot from my book and therefore a lot more of it stays in the internal memory, but as a group decision (meaning I go along with the majority for ease unless I really disagree) we ended up hiring a guy for the full day at 500 Birr split five ways, easy maths at least.
... to the core by the uneven surface below.
Having heard the name Lalibela over and over again in traveller’s conversations whether involved or overheard, I was expecting the large circle on a map of Ethiopia to be a big town. It was in fact no bigger than some of the dust bowl settlements that we had passed through on the way, perhaps even smaller.
What Lali has however is a set of churches that would easily win any rock ...
... the crowds to focus on the tyre-less jeep and tireless efforts of Mita.
New tyre bolted in place and we were ready to go. By this time however, we had attracted a crowd capable of filling a second tier English football stadium and when the mounted police arrived with tazers and mega phones it was time to hit the dirt track. I’m exaggerating about the last bit, they don’t have mega phones in Ethiopia.
... sites the $50 is standard! In total there are 11 churches, 7 are centrally located within the main compound and all can be explored in one day, but the admission is valid for 5 days, so it is best to explore at a leisurely rate. Our time spent in Lalibela was enjoyable, but we were ready to move on and finish our adventure in Ethiopia, but that would require another 18 hour bus ride back to ...
... him to buzz off. Later that evening after a great Ethiopian meal, I phoned up Addis and agreed to use him.
We started off as I had hoped at 6.00am in the pitch black at St Georges, one of the 11 Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela and considered the ‘masterpiece’. King Lalibela dug & built all these churches in 12th century over (as legend has it) a 23 period. His goal inspired by a meeting with God was to bring Jerusalem to his subjects. ...