Stopover in Axum

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June 28th 2014
Published: July 5th 2014
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It's worth it to stop in Axum for a few hours, though its reputation as a tourist destination is generally disappointing. The entire town seems to be under major construction. After weaving our way through giant trucks, rock breakers, and heavy machinery, we came to the ruins, and one aggressive tout.

The monuments were impressive, though many of them have collapsed. The underground section was closed while we were there, though it looked interesting. We spent maybe twenty minutes looking around and then walked toward the bus station for some coffee and lunch. The main road is actually quite nice and peaceful.

Once the construction is complete in a couple of years, Axum might be a more pleasant place to spend some time.

I'll write more later; there are several photos below.

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This has to be one of the worst jobs in the world.

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