Volcanos, caterpillars and x-ray machines

Trip Start Jul 19, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Ethiopia  , Tigray,
Monday, October 8, 2012

Axum is a much bigger town because it is the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The only monk who looks after the Arc of the Covenant has to live behind a fence and nobody is allowed in and he is not allowed out, we saw him talking through the fence to other monks. Just across the road there are lots of stelae, tall blocks of granite, each one carved out of one piece to mark important tombs. One has fallen over and smashed, maybe just after it was built and another one has just been returned from Rome (2008) and another has been leaning so they have put stabilisation on. We went into some tombs down some steps and one had a sarcophagus but all the treasures have been removed. They think are still lots of tombs yet to be found and so there may still be lots of treasure hidden. Dad should get a job here!

There are lots of ancient volcanos in the area and over time the outside has been washed away leaving just the core sticking up which were very interesting.

When we were going in to the airport I saw a caterpillar and it was very hairy and it was also the size of my mums finger. In all the airports you have to through a scanner and your bags go through the X-ray machine as you go in the door then we check in and we have to do it all again, more X-rays and scanners and mummy's bra keeps setting off the scanner.

We flew back to Addis Ababa for one last night then we got a plane to Dar Es Salaam. Time in Ethiopia is funny. They start counting the hours from sunrise so 10 o'clock in the morning is 4 o'clock in the their time and they use an older calendar so it only 2005 so I should only be nearly 3 years old and Alicia is 1!!!!!!!!

At the airport there was a big plane for eye operations.
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