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Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region May 16th 2015

"Please rural Ethiopian family in the middle of nowhere, can I empty most of the water from your well in the name of research though I can't guarantee the water will come back and no rains are expected for a month or so?" "Why certainly foreign person; do what you must with all that baffling equipment. In fact, you sit there on the only chair we have while my family and I haul up buckets for an hour. No, no, please don't help - just sit there in the shade. In fact, come inside our mud and straw house for a huge breakfast and some milk straight from our only cow. It doesn't matter that the last house fed you as well; have some more with us. Here is a pint of homemade beer." Ethiopia: quite ... read more
Getting some assistance sampling a spring
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Being fed, again

Africa » Ethiopia March 8th 2015

I was always want to visit Africa, my interest is peoples culture &life style and my friends want to watch wild life I confused to select which country we spend our vacation for our both interests with my friends we argue to select one specific country its hard to find to accommodate this two different interest after a lot of goggling also watching this site finally decided to go Ethiopia, the next thing is finding our tour guide it is an easy task than the first one because there are a lot of tour operators. After we book to our vacation I went to ticket office in Canada Toronto for flight ticket to AddisAbaba Ethiopia there is direct flight with Ethiopian air lines after 18 hours flight from Toronto we arrived early in the morning in ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region January 3rd 2015

Some pics from Harar, a long 9 hr bus ride east of Addis. An Islamic community with Somali influences, with very colorful markets. We stayed in the Old City which has about 40,000 residents surrounded by 1000 yr old wall with 5 gates. Cobblestoned narrow lanes, with no signs, fantastic to waunder, but glad we had Sheriff to guide us. Will post the pics as this second, we have internet.... read more
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Typical street in the walled old city of Harar

Africa » Ethiopia December 31st 2014

\Arriving in Axum, it is a pleasant town with sections of it, palm lined streets and lots of hotels, and restaurants. We meet back up with Jeffrey (from New Caledonia who we met in Bahir Dar), and enjoy touring the town with him. The Axumites were a major civilization from 3rd to 15th century (?) , extending into Yeman and Egypt. The Stellas are 90 feet tall and are thought to be from the 3rd century. We walk the town, also seeing Queen of Sheba’s baths, and several tombs and tablets. The archeological museum is fascinating with coins, pottery, even glassware from the Axumite time perio Axum also has the church where the Ethiopians believe houses the Ark of the Covenant, which only two person has seen. Women are not allowed into the church, so we ... read more
Axum stelae from the 3rd century marking the tombs
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Church in Axum where the Ark of the Covenent is stored

Africa » Ethiopia December 17th 2014

And on the 7thday they rested… Sorry all these churches are influencing us J… It is so hard to believe we have been here less than 2 weeks, and I have about 4 blogs worth of material, not to mention about 800 photos! The diversity and beauty of this country is amazing! After leaving Gondar, we arrived in Debark to get our trekking permit, guide, cook and scout for our 4 day trek. Driving into the park, we stop to see the amazing Gelada Monkeys. Going down towards the river, there must have been at least 400 of them. And they had absolutely no fear of us, coming within 3 feet of us, fortunately they are vegetarians, as they made their way to the river. On occasion they would stop and eat some grass. Many of ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia December 7th 2014

Well, Day #5 and we are really enjoying Ethiopia. Some of our first impressions are – overall people are very friendly and helpful. And that makes everything easier! Also, how it always take some time to get back in the travel mode . And as always, time slows way down when on the road. But even more so here. Timelessness. There is such a feeling of it, particularly outside the cities. Driving down the dusty road late afternoon, the road is filled with people coming in from the fields, and you feel as though this is a scene that has been repeated for the past 2000 yrs. The men are dressed with their white shawl and all carry a staff. There are donkey and horse carts, many loaded down with wood or cut grass. The countryside ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region August 19th 2014

Stigao sam u Megu. Grad se nalazio u sjeni dva brda i sastojao se od praktički 2 ceste i par uličica. Još uvijek sam se nećkao dal želim ostati ovdje pa sam se krenuo raspitivati ako mogu odmah dalje za Moyale, ali nitko nije bio siguran. Jedan „Big Taxi mi je rekao da sjednem na suvozačko mjesto, pa kad se skupe ljudi će možda krenuti za Moyale. Ostavio sam manji ruksak (s bitnijim stvarima) neoprezno na suvozačkom mjestu i stao pored taxija zapaliti cigaretu. Oko mene se skupila grupica mladića koji su znali ponešto engleskog pa smo se bacili u razgovor i sjeli na obližnji zidić. No u jednom trenutku pogledam i vidim kako moj taxi odlazi prazan. Trčim za njim, ali već nestaje s mojim ruksakom. Trčim nazad do dečkiju koji kažu da poznaju vozača ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region July 15th 2014

Nakon dugog vremena provedenog na putu moram priznati da sam se pomalo zasitio i da mi je većina novih mjesta počelo izgledati vrlo slično prethodnom. No to nije bio slučaj s Hararom. Harar je većinski muslimanski grad na istoku Etiopije blizu granice beskrajnim ratom opustošene Somalije. Tim više vrijedi spomenuti da je upravo Harar dobitnik UN-ovog priznanja za mir. Naime Harar je jedan od rijetkih lijepih primjera grada u kojem muslimani, pravoslavci i protestanti žive u miru kroz cijelu 700 godišnju povijest. Stari dio Harara je okružen zidom iza kojeg se skriva beskrajan labirint uličica koje vreve šareno odjevenim ljudima i preko stotinu džamija. No još jedna posebnost koja je Harar dovela i na naslovnice velikih svjetskih medija je unikatan suživot ljudi i hijena. Unutar hararskih zidina živi više od 300 hijena, i može se reći ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Tigray Region July 3rd 2014

My friend Hannah and I spent a night in Sinkata to visit a friend of hers, check out a cluster of rock-hewn churches nearby, and then in the morning run to Hawzien to check out another church there. The town itself looks more like a pueblo in an arid region in Mexico than a settlement in northern Ethiopia. The Peace Corp volunteer there said that they have no water eight months of the year. Most of the way to Mekele (2 hours by minibus) and to Hawzien (40 minutes by minibus) is paved now, but the main road in town seems to be the last step in this process. Once it is done (a year or two?), Sinkata might grow some decent restaurants and places to stay. For the time being, it looks like a war ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Tigray Region July 1st 2014

I stayed in Mekele with my friend Hannah, a Peace Corps volunteer. It was by far the most comfortable and modern city I've visited in Ethiopia, so it was the perfect place to relax for five days. I'll write much more later, but I've added a few photos below.... read more
Axumit wine with Coke
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Hannah on narrow market alley




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