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... and cormorants included. Very peaceful and beautiful despite the surrounding countryside parched from lack of rain being the dry season. There was another monastery, but it wasn't open to women.
In the afternoon we walked around Gorgora and visited the monastery there where Mass was just starting. The women and men sit or stand on either side of the outer circle. As we arrived the women were kissing the holy ...
... invaders. However, the population was so angry over the forced conversion the next emperor was forced to revert to Orthodox.
While we have previously referred to Ethiopians as predominantly (about 60%) Coptic Christians our guide today said this is not appropriate any longer. Originally Coptic Christians in Egypt and Ethiopia were under the control of the patriarch in Alexandria. In the ...
... br> I had arranged to meet Birhan Asmarmaw here, a reputable guide and tracked him down to the Simien Hotel where he was having an early morning cafe. “No need for my telephone number, here everyone knows me,” was what he had said the day before and sure enough he was right. Birhan was quite short with a round face and some designer trekking clothes. He was quick to justify his high prices, and in the end I decided to use him as a treat, ...
... which I was assured would be done the next day. When I went to get it I was assured that afternoon. Luckily for me, as I was leaving the next morning, when I went to check on my laundry I was able to intercept it as it was being sent out, for me to pick up the following afternoon. I guess my bag would've been lighter. Addis doesn't really have a bus station per say (well, apparently they do, it depends on what bus company you're using), but a central square where the buses ...
... of the cross. crosses all over the city are adorned with the country's national flower which grows wild everywhere. We changed our itinerary and took in the singing of the priest ceremony, which similarly to the Flag ceremony, helped to understand the language. Even when celebrating religion, power is not assured and so it be, the ceremony experienced an unplanned intermission when the power went out. good timing as my back was getting ...
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