Trip Start Aug 09, 2005
67Trip End Aug 09, 2006
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Most of the churches were scattered around the town of Lalibela so we spent 2 days wandering the various sites walking about the inside of the churches on flea ridden mats ... scratching as paranoia set in about our clothes becoming infested with fleas!!
Lalibela itself seems not to have changed very much, even with the huge increase in the tourist traffic to the town. It still pretty much an undeveloped town, cobbled streets, mud huts, and even for the many tourists that do visit, there's very basic accommodations outside of one or two "top end hotels" ... that include hot running water in your room!!! But it looks set to change sometime soon as there is much construction around the town ... more hotels on the way, and hopefully a decent restaurant ... the food here was a disaster ... unlike the rest of the towns we visited.
We did a day trip out in to the Lasta Mountains to see a few more churches (it was starting to feel like Holy Week what with all the church visits!!) The scenery was spectacular again, Ethiopia is a stunning country. One of the churches of note out in the countryside was built inside a cave. A strange location for a church ... and even weirder inside as there's a pit at the back of the cave where the bodies of pilgrims are laid to "rest" ... thrown haphazardly on top of each other and it would seem then forgotten.
From Lalibela we headed back to Addis for a couple of days enjoying numerous cups of Ethiopian Coffee by day and Ethiopian beer by night! Next stop is Nairobi, Kenya .... where we'll set about organising our first Safari.