Stelae and Serpents January 12th 2011 [Since I quickly learned that Ethiopia’s state-run internet service is – in a particularly memorable phrase from one of my guidebooks – “slow as a decomposing tortoise”, I was not able to post blog entries as I went along. What follows is something I wrote when I first arrived in Ethiopia, nearly a month ago. I will post a few other brief entries about my other major stops in the upcom ... read more
Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule, with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II. In 1974 a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (wh... ... read more
I blame Thor Heyerdahl for my wanderlust. When I picked up his tale of the Kon-Tiki adventure in third grade, I knew I wanted to explore the world beyond the rural Midwest. Since then, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, even living abroad for extended periods. And I continue to venture forth whenever I can.
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