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... The Ark of the Covenant is housed in the chapel next door. According to tradition, the Ark came to Ethiopia with Menelik I after he visited his father King Solomon. Before that the Israelites carried it on their 40 year journey wandering the desert. Only the guardian of the church is allowed to enter the chapel where it is kept. The guardian then is confined to the chapel of the Ark of the Covenant for the rest of his life, praying before it ...
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 ...
... foul, misir wat, at two different restaurants, only to confuse the poor servers.
I found a café and had a stale pastry and a coffee, then found a juice bar and drank two avocado juices and called it a successful dinner.
I'd been warned a couple times that Shire is full of thieves, so I headed to bed after dinner for a cold shower and some RuPaul's Drag Race :D ...
... when it should have been 10!) then headed to my hotel- a nice sized room with a comfortable bed, mosquito net, table, and en-suite bathroom, where the shower unfortunately only dribbled cold water.
Typical Ethiopian hotel.
Axum is a quiet, dusty, colorful town.
Every clay house and business is painted several bright colors or else with a mural.
Horse drawn carts and tuk-tuks were the main transportation, the children ...
... we were welcomed and treated very warmly by the Aksum people. I can assume that is because Aksum's trade with the Mediterranean and East Indies is what has made this empire rich and powerful.
Just as in Alexandria, there is evidence all over the city of Europe's influence on their culture and architecture. There are Roman Catholic churches rising above the shacks and tents of the villagers, and I hear languages ...